Cookies and Web Beacons
Neither cookies nor web beacons collect personal information such as your name or email address. Cookies can be rejected (see your Microsoft help file); however, under specific circumstances, visitors may be denied access to some parts of our site if their browsers reject cookies.
To ensure that our web site is well managed, we or our service provider may track information on our systems and identify categories of visitors by items such as domain, company IP address and browser type. Our internal webmasters use this information to analyse the number of visitors to different areas of our site to make sure that our web site is serving as a useful and effective information source.
Cookies for Google Analytics
We may collect information about your computer, including your IP address, operating system and browser type, for system administration and in order to create reports. This is statistical data about our users' browsing actions and patterns, and does not identify any individual.
The only cookies in use on our site are for Google Analytics. These are known as 'performance cookies'. Google Analytics is a web analytics tool that helps website owners understand how visitors engage with their website. Google Analytics customers can view a variety of reports about how visitors interact with their website so that they can improve it.
Like many services, Google Analytics uses first-party cookies to track visitor interactions as in our case, where they are used to collect information about how visitors use our site. We then use the information to compile reports and to help us improve our site.
Cookies contain information that is transferred to your computer's hard drive. These cookies are used to store information, such as the time that the current visit occurred, whether the visitor has been to the site before and what site referred the visitor to the web page.
Google Analytics collects information anonymously. It reports website trends without identifying individual visitors. You can opt out of Google Analytics without affecting how you visit our site – for more information on opting out of being tracked by Google Analytics across all websites you use, visit this Google page.
More about Performance cookies
'Performance' cookies collect information about how you use our website e.g. which pages you visit, and if you experience any errors. These cookies don't collect any information that could identify you – all the information collected is anonymous and is only used to help us improve how our website works, understand what interests our users and measure how effective our website is.
We use performance cookies to…
- Provide statistics on how our website is used
- Help us improve the website by measuring any errors that occur
- Test different designs of our website
Cookies we have defined as 'Performance' cookies will NOT be used to…
- Gather information that could be used to advertise products or services to you on other websites
- Remember your preferences or username beyond your current visit
- Target adverts to you on any other website
In some cases, some of these cookies are managed for us by third parties, but we don't allow the third party to use the cookies for any purpose other than those listed above.
Using our site indicates that you accept the use of 'Performance' cookies.
All recent versions of popular browsers give users a level of control over cookies.
You can set your browser to accept or reject all, or certain cookies. This is usually set through your privacy settings. You can also set your browser to prompt you, each time a cookie is offered. For further guidance on disabling cookies via your specific browser visit http://www.aboutcookies.org.
Further reading on cookies
Useful information about cookies can be found at:
A guide to behavioural advertising and online privacy has been produced by the internet advertising industry which can be found at:
Information on the ICC (UK) UK cookie guide can be found on the ICC website section: