1. Cookies – a definition
A cookie is a small piece of code that is sent from a website’s server to your web browser and is then stored on your hard drive. In most cases – and in the case of this website – they are used to improve your user experience. They do this by – for example – remembering what’s in your online shopping basket or keeping you logged in on a website as you navigate from one page to another. Cookies can’t read data off your hard drive or other cookie files, and do not damage your system.
2.1 First party cookies
The only first party cookies we use allow Google Analytics to monitor the performance of our website. Google Analytics cookies help us see how users come to our website, what pages users navigate to, how long users spend on those pages. This is important for us, as it helps us understand what topics are of interest, so we may tailor our communication appropriately, or improve our website.
2.2 Third party cookies
We only use social media (e.g. Twitter, Facebook, YouTube) and their buttons to connect with/to their websites, so read their cookie use policy to check what information they’re collecting on you.
2.3 Email marketing
Our email marketing may be trackable at an individual level, allowing us to determine, for example, opens and link clicks. This information is generally used to help assess the effectiveness of communications so that – for example – we can send you more of what you like, or at times that a more convenient for you. You can update your preferences or unsubscribe from our mailing list at any time.
3. How to change your cookies
3.1 First party
Your web browser settings allow you to refuse any cookie or to alert you to when a cookie is being sent. They also allow you to control cookies stored on your hard drive – for instance, you can delete cookies that have been collected over a period of time.
3.2 Third party
Social media cookies can also be controlled via your browser settings and the application settings of the specific social media platforms. However, disabling them may result in you being unable to easily share, like or comment on content you find of interest.
3.3 Email marketing
Email cookies are essential to our communication with you. If you wish to disable tracking then please unsubscribe from our mailing list. This can be done by clicking the ‘unsubscribe’ button at the bottom of any email sent from us.