Cookies are files that are sent by web servers to web browsers and can identify and track users as they navigate different pages on a website, and to identify users returning to a website.
Cookies may be either “persistent” cookies or “session” cookies. A persistent cookie consists of a text file sent by a web server to a web browser, which will be stored by the browser and will remain valid until its set expiry date (unless 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 we use and how we use them
Cookies do not contain any information that personally identifies you, but personal information that we store about you may be linked, by us, to the information stored in and obtained from cookies. The cookies used on the website include those which are strictly necessary cookies for access and navigation and cookies that track usage (performance cookies).
We may use the information we obtain from your use of our cookies for the following purposes:
• to recognise your computer when you visit the website;
• to track you as you navigate the website, and to enable the use of any e-commerce facilities;
• to improve the website’s usability;
• to analyse the use of the website;
• in the administration of the website; and
• to personalise the website for you, including targeting advertisements which may be of particular interest to you.
You can delete cookies from your computer but doing so may have a negative impact on the usability of many websites.
Google Analytics (including Double Click) cookies are used for the purpose of evaluating your use of the website, compiling reports on website activity and providing other services relating to website activity and internet activity in connection with the use of the website. The data collected by Google is stored for 26 months by default.
The information generated by the cookie about your use of the website (including your IP address) will be transmitted to and stored by Google on servers. The IP address will be truncated before transmission. On our behalf Google will use this information for the purpose of evaluating your use of the website, compiling reports on website activity and providing other services relating to website activity and internet activity in connection with the use of the website. Google will not associate your IP address with any other data held by Google.
To learn more about Google Analytics, please follow this link: https://support.google.com/analytics/#topic=9143232
You may prevent the collection of the information generated by the cookie about your use of the website (including your IP address) and the processing of this data by Google if you download and install the browser plug-in available at the following link: http://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout?hl=en
For more information about the length of time Google Analytics cookies are active, please follow this link: https://developers.google.com/analytics/devguides/collection/analyticsjs/cookie-usage
You can read the full Google Analytics privacy document at the following link: https://support.google.com/analytics/answer/6004245
WordPress cookies are used to determine if you are a logged-in user and to record if you have accepted cookies or not. The cookie is held for 15 days by default.