What is a cookie?
A cookie is a piece of information in the form of a small text file that is placed on an internet user’s computer-memory or hard drive. It is generated by a web page server, which is basically the computer that operates a website.
When you first use our website you will see a notification on screen that states the following:
What are cookies used for?
Cookies are used to make a user’s experience of the website as helpful and efficient as possible. For example, a cookie is placed on your computer if you tick the box “Remember my username” when you log in. This means you simply have to enter your password in future when you log in to access the website.
Cookies help the website operation system remember the website visitor and track certain details of the visitor’s usage of the site, for example which pages are visited and for how long. This can help the operator make improvements to the website, for example by enhancing popular features and possibly removing or amending unpopular ones. Importantly cookies do not allow this visit-activity data to be linked to the personal information of the visitor. So, the data collected is entirely anonymous.
All recent versions of popular web browsers give users a level of control over cookies. Users can set their browser to accept or reject all, or certain, cookies. Users can also set their browser to prompt them each time a cookie is offered.