Last updated: 02/05/2018
What is a cookie?
A cookie is a small text file that sent to a web browser (i.e. Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome etc.) and downloaded onto a device such as a computer, tablet or smartphone when a website is accessed. This file allows the website to remember a device as well as storing some information pertaining to how an individual uses the site or choices they have made when doing so.
In other words, the website will remember you when you return to the site and respond according to choices you have previously made.
How do I turn cookies off?
Turning cookies off is usually straightforward by accessing your browser’s settings and prevent it from accepting cookies from a particular website. However, it is important to remember that preventing a browser from accepting cookies from a website may impair the functionality of that website meaning that not all aspects of the site may work as intended.
If you wish to disable your browser from accepting cookies, these settings can usually be found in the Options or Preferences menu of the browser.
For instructions on adjusting cookies settings for individual browsers, please see the following links for more information:
Which cookies do we use?
This website uses Google Analytics to track visitors to the website, identify whether a session is new or if the visitor has previously been to the site.
The specific cookies that are used and their individual functions are listed below:
- 2 years from set/update
- 10 minutes
- Used to throttle request rate.
- 30 mins from set/update
- End of browser session
- Not used in ga.js. Set for interoperability with urchin.js. Historically, this cookie operated in conjunction with the _utmb cookie to determine whether the user was in a new session/visit.
- 6 months from set/update