What are Cookies and why are they used?
Cookies are small text files which identify your computer to our server. They are widely used on the internet to make websites work, or work more efficiently. We send these to your computer for the following reasons:
- to tailor the website to your browser
- to help us analyse the use of the website
- to allow applications on our website to work correctly – for example, making sure that we know when you have logged on or off and which part of an application you are accessing
If we want to collect personally identifiable information through our website – for example when you request a service from us - we will tell you beforehand. We will make it clear when we collect this information and will explain what we intend to do with it.
Cookies that we use on our sites
The table below explains the cookies we use and why.
These cookies are set by Google Analytics. These cookies are used to anonymously track visitor numbers and use of the website. We use the information in the Google Analytics tool to compile reports and help us improve the site.
|PHP session cookie||PHPSESSID||The PHPSESSID cookie is native to PHP and enables websites to store serialised state data. On this website it is used to establish a user session and to pass state data using a temporary cookie or session cookie. The PHPSESSID cookie has no timed expiry and it disappears when the client is closed.|
|Share icon cookie||__sharethis_cookie_test__||Used by the social add-on sharing tool. Visit ShareThis for more information about this tool.|
|Cookie consent cookie||cookieconsent_status||Used by the cookie control banner to record user decision on accepting cookies.|
Change cookie settings for this website
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