What Are Cookies
Cookies are small bits of data (information) stored as plain text files on a user’s computer through the website browser. Cookies are also called HTTP Cookies because they can be transmitted only through HTTP.
Cookies are necessary so that most websites work properly. A basic website can function without serving cookies, but most websites need some cookies stored on the user’s computer so that the website remembers the user’s language preference and other preferences.
Cookies are created and stored on the user’s computer when the user’s browser loads a particular website. The website sends information to the browser which then creates a text file, known as a “cookie”. Every time the user goes back to the same website, the browser retrieves and sends this “cookie” file to the website.
Types of Cookies
There are multiple types or categories of cookies:
Session Cookies are temporary cookies stored in the user’s browser memory just until the browser is closed. When the browser is closed, these cookies are deleted.
Persistent Cookies are cookies that don’t have an expiration.
The Cookies We Set
Email newsletters related cookies: This site offers newsletter or email subscription services and cookies may be used to remember if you are already registered and whether to show certain notifications which might only be valid to subscribed/unsubscribed users.
Forms related cookies: When you submit data to through a form such as those found on contact pages or comment forms cookies may be set to remember your user details for future correspondence.
Site preferences cookies: In order to provide you with a great experience on this site we provide the functionality to set your preferences for how this site runs when you use it. In order to remember your preferences, we need to set cookies so that this information can be called whenever you interact with a page is affected by your preferences.
Third Party Cookies
Google Analytics Cookies
This site uses Google Analytics which is one of the most widespread and trusted analytics solution on the web for helping us to understand how you use the site and ways that we can improve your experience. These cookies may track things such as how long you spend on the site and the pages that you visit so we can continue to produce engaging content. For more information on Google Analytics cookies, see the official Google Analytics page.
From time to time we test new features and make subtle changes to the way the site is delivered. While testing new features these cookies may be used to ensure that you receive a consistent experience when visiting our site whilst ensuring we understand which optimisations our users appreciate the most.
Social Media Cookies
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 social media sites 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.
External Providers Cookies
Some of our pages display content from external providers, e.g. YouTube, Facebook and Instagram.
To view this third-party content, you first have to accept their specific terms and conditions. This includes their cookie policies, which we have no control over.
But if you do not view this content, no third-party cookies are installed on your device.
Hopefully that has clarified things for you and as was previously mentioned if there is something that you aren’t sure whether you need or not it’s usually safer to leave cookies enabled in case it does interact with one of the features you use on our site.
However if you are still looking for more information then you can contact us through one of our preferred contact methods:
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
How can you manage cookies?
You can manage/delete cookies as you wish – for details, see aboutcookies.org.
Removing cookies from your device
You can delete all cookies that are already on your device by clearing the browsing history of your browser. This will remove all cookies from all websites you have visited.
Be aware though that you may also lose some saved information (e.g. saved login details, site preferences).
Managing site-specific cookies
For more detailed control over site-specific cookies, check the privacy and cookie settings in your preferred browser
You can set most modern browsers to prevent any cookies being placed on your device, but you may then have to manually adjust some preferences every time you visit a site/page. And some services and functionalities may not work properly at all (e.g. profile logging-in).
You can prevent the setting of cookies by adjusting the settings on your browser (see your browser Help for how to do this, or read below). Be aware that disabling cookies will affect the functionality of this and many other websites that you visit. Disabling cookies will usually result in also disabling certain functionality and features of the this site. Therefore it is recommended that you do not disable cookies.