Cookies Policy

1. About Cookies

  • A cookie is a file containing an identifier (a string of letters and numbers) that is sent by a web server to a web browser and is stored by the browser. The identifier is then sent back to the server each time the browser requests a page from the server.
  • Cookies may be either “persistent” cookies or “session” cookies. A persistent cookie will be stored by a web browser and remain valid until its set expiry date unless it is deleted by the user before the expiry date. A session cookie, on the other hand, will expire at the end of the user session when the web browser is closed.
  • Cookies do not typically contain any information that personally identifies a user, but personal information we store about you may be linked to the information stored in and obtained from cookies.

2. Cookies We Use

2.1 We use cookies for the following purposes:

(a) status – we use cookies to help us to determine if you are logged into our website. Cookies used for this purpose are:

Name: wordpress_logged_in_
Expiration: 1 year
Created by WordPress and used to determine if you are logged in;

(b) personalisation – we use cookies to store information about your preferences and to personalise the website for you. Cookies used for this purpose are:

Name: wordpress_test_cookie
Expiration: End of browser
Created by WordPress to test if cookie usage is possible

Name: wp-settings-
Expiration: 1 year
Created by WordPress to store a logged in user’s customisation options;

(d) analysis – we use cookies to help us to analyse the use and performance of our website and services. Cookies used for this purpose are:

Name: _utma
Expiration: 2 years
Created by Google Analytics and used to distinguish users

Name: _utmb
Expiration: 30 minutes
Created by Google Analytics and used to distinguish new sessions/visits

Name: _utmc
Expiration: End of browser session
Created by Google Analytics and used to distinguish new sessions/visits

Name: _utmt
Expiration: 10 minutes
Created by Google Analytics and used to throttle request rate

Name: _utmz
Expiration: 6 months
Created by Google Analytics and used to store the source or campaign used to reach the site

Name: _atuvc
Expiration: 13 months
Created by addThis and used to track addThis link usage

Name: _atuvs
Expiration: 30 minutes
Created by addThis and used to track addThis link usage

and

(e) cookie consent – we use cookies to store your preferences in relation to the use of cookies more generally. Cookies used for this purpose are:

Name: viewed_cookie_policy
Value: eg: yes
Expiration: 1 year
Created by GDPR Cookie Consent

3. Cookies Used by Our Service Providers

3.1  Our service providers use cookies and those cookies may be stored on your computer when you visit our website.

3.2  We use Google Analytics to analyse the use of our website. Google Analytics gathers information about our website by means of cookies. The information gathered relating to our website is used to create reports about the use of our website. Google’s privacy policy is available at: https://www.google.com/policies/privacy. The relevant cookies are: __utma, __utmb, __utmc, __utmt, __utmz.

4. Managing Cookies

4.1 Most browsers allow you to refuse to accept cookies and to delete cookies. The methods for doing so vary from browser to browser, and from version to version. You can however obtain up-to-date information about blocking and deleting cookies via these links:

(a)     https://support.google.com/chrome/answer/95647?hl=en (Chrome);

(b)     https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/enable-and-disable-cookies-website-preferences (Firefox);

(c)     http://www.opera.com/help/tutorials/security/cookies/ (Opera);

(d)     https://support.microsoft.com/en-gb/help/17442/windows-internet-explorer-delete-manage-cookies (Internet Explorer);

(e)     https://support.apple.com/kb/PH21411 (Safari); and

(f)      https://privacy.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-10-microsoft-edge-and-privacy (Edge).

4.2 Blocking all cookies will have a negative impact upon the usability of many websites.

4.3 If you block cookies, you will not be able to use all the features on our website.

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