What are cookies?
We also use other tracking technologies like web beacons (sometimes called “tracking beacons” or “clear gifs”) and local storage. These are tiny graphics files that contain a unique identifier that enable us to recognise when someone has visited our websites or opened an email that we have sent them.
Cookies help us to operate our websites and services, enhance and customise your experience across our websites and services, perform analytics.
Third party cookies enable third party features or functionality to be provided on or through our websites and services, such as interactive content and analytics.
What cookies do we use?
In the tables below you can see a description of each cookie that we use, what it does and when its expires.
Microsoft Application Insights: used to monitor the health and status of the server and website. Expires in 1 year.
ARRAffinity: Used to distribute traffic to the website on several servers in order to optimise response times. Expires at end of session.
We also use Google Analytics to monitor how our website is used. Google Analytics collects information anonymously and generates reports detailing information such as the number of visits to the system, where visitors generally came from, how long they stayed on the system, and which pages they visited. Google Analytics places several persistent cookies on your computer’s hard drive. These do not collect any personal data. If you do not agree to this you can disable persistent cookies in your browser. This will prevent Google Analytics from logging your visits.
We also use social media buttons and/or plugins on this site that allow you to connect with your social network in various ways. For these to work the relevant social media sites (such as Twitter, Facebook and Instagram) will set cookies through our site which may be used to enhance your profile on their site or contribute to the data they hold for various purposes outlined in their respective privacy policies.
How can you control cookies?
To change your cookie settings, or if you want to be notified each time a cookie is about to be used, you should amend the settings provided in your web browser to prevent us from storing cookies on your computer hard drive.
You can manage your cookie settings by following your browser's instructions. Here are some links that might be of assistance:
- Google Chrome
- Microsoft Internet Explorer
- Mozilla Firefox
- Microsoft Edge
Last updated: June 2019