What is a cookie?
A cookie is a simple text file sent from the website server that your browser stores on your computer or mobile device. Only the original server can retrieve or read the contents of the cookie. Each cookie is unique to your web browser. It will contain some anonymous information such as a unique identifier and the website name.
Types of cookie
- Session cookies
- Session cookies are stored only temporarily during a browsing session and are deleted from the user’s device when the browser is closed.
- Persistent cookies
- Persistent cookies are saved on your computer for a longer, fixed period and are not deleted when the browser is closed. They are used to remember you when you visit the website again.
- Third-party cookies
- Third party cookies are set by a different organisation to the owner of the website you are visiting. They might include cookies set for website visitor analytics or embedded content, such as YouTube. Third-party cookies are also set by advertising networks to deliver targeted advertising on their website; these may also have the capability to track your browsing across different sites.
We do not store personally identifiable information in our cookies.
We don’t sell the information collected by cookies, nor do we disclose the information to third parties, except where required by law (for example to government bodies and law enforcement agencies).
Cookies we use
|These are basic session cookies created by the Microsoft ASP.NET platform on which this website runs. They are used to remember your browser between pages and authenticate you when you access secure content. These cookies are strictly necessary for accessing content that requires logging in.
||This page explains ASP.NET session IDs
|These cookies are used to collect information about how visitors use our site. We use the information to compile reports and to help us improve the site. The cookies collect information in an anonymous form, including the number of visitors to the site, where visitors have come to the site from and the pages they visited.
||Click here for an overview of privacy at Google.
What to do if you don't want cookies
Some people don't like the idea of websites storing information on their computer or mobile device. It is possible to block cookies and delete cookies that have already been set, but you might lose some functionality of the website.
We are planning to offer finer control in the future over what cookies are stored.
Implications for you
The basic website will still work, but you will not be able to use any functionality that requires logging in. Also, we won't be able to customise the content for you.
Implications for us