Cookies are NOT viruses. Cookies are created when a user's web browser loads a particular website. Cookies are used for enhancing and enabling web usability or website processes. Disabling cookies may prevent users from using certain parts of this websites functionality.
When we provide services, we want to make them easy, useful and reliable. This sometimes involves placing small amounts of information on your device, for example, computer or mobile phone. These include small files known as cookies. They cannot be used to identify you personally.
These pieces of information are used to improve services for you through, for example:
enabling a service to recognise your device so you don’t have to give the same information during one task
recognising that you have already given a username and password so you don’t need to enter it for every web page requested
measuring how many people are using services, so they can be made easier to use and that there is enough capacity to ensure they are fast
You can manage these small files yourself and learn more about them from AllAboutCookies.org.
To find out how to remove click herecookies from different types of browsers
If you want the legal background to all of this, there is a full explanation on the UKInformation Commissioner's web site. While this varies within Europe, it's still a decent explanation.
Types of cookies used or maybe used by our website:
First Party Cookies: If the host name is the same as the domain in the browser address bar when it is set or retrieved, then it is a First Party Cookie. Goggle analytics is classed as a first party cookie by our website.
Third Party Cookies: Third party services create cookies, such as Google AdSense, AdWords addthis and you tube. Third party cookies are set by the domain not by our site.
Session Cookies: These are stored on your computer until you leave the website, at which point they are deleted. Example: If you have to login to a website every time you open your browser and visit it, then it is using a Session Cookie to store your login credentials. Session cookies are considered less privacy intrusive than persistent cookies.
Stored or Persistent Cookies: Secure Cookies: A cookie is downloaded onto your hard-drive and used to identify you whenever you return. Some are deemed as strictly necessary for the working of a website. All persistent cookies do have an expiry date (usually with a set lifetime of this cookie of 30, 60 or 90 days or more), if that expiry date is reached, the cookie will be destroyed.
Secure cookies are only transmitted via HTTPS - which you will typically find in the checkout pages of eCommerce sites. This ensures that any data in the cookie will be encrypted as it passes between the website and the browser.
The First party Cookies that maybe set by our site
None of the cookies we use identify you to us in any way that exposes your personal data to us.
If you decide to decline all cookies a Stored/Persistent cookie (cookieq) used for compliance, and is deemed as strictly necessary, expires in 90 days unless you change your settings before the 90 days expire. If you do not wish a cookie to be left go to the button in the left hand corner of the home page and click on the cookieq button, when the banner drops click the forget button. Please note by clicking the forget button, next time you visit one of our site your cookie option will not be remembered you will have to reset your option, you also may not be able to use all of the functions on our website.
If you do nothing and close the cookieq banner or let the banner close after 30 seconds no cookies will be left and you are free to browse the pages of the site. If you click on the home page button again you will be reminded about our cookie options by the banner reappearing.
When you use our login areas and use remember me function, a persistent cookie will be left on your browser so next time you login it will remember you unless you have opt out of accepting cookies, then you will not be able to use remember me option.
If you use our webmail service on our websites 2 session cookies will be used and when you exit the cookies will removed from your browser. Again if you use remember me function a persistent cookie will be left on your browser so next time you login it will remember you unless you have opt out of accepting cookies, then you will not be able to use remember me option.
Google Analytics Cookies (not used at present)
We use Google Analytics to look at a statistical level at traffic on this site to try to make the experience here better. The way we use them means that they contain no personal information about individuals. Our website uses four Google Analytics cookies. These cookies allow us to distinguish you from other users of the website which helps us to provide you with a good experience when you browse our website and also allows us to improve our site. The cookies we use are 'analytical' cookies. They allow us to recognise and count the number of visitors and to see how visitors move around the site when they’re using it. This helps us to improve the way our website works, for example by making sure users are finding what they need easily.
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.
For further details on the cookies set by Google Analytics, please refer to the Google Code website. To opt-out click here to down load Google Analytics Opt-out Browser Add-on.
3rd party cookies that maybe used for improving our service on our site
You can remove all cookies by resetting you option by clicking button in left hand bottom corner and click the forget button.
The type of cookie used for the above software is:
Stored/Persistent cookie (cookieq) used for compliance and is deemed as strictly necessary, expires in 90 days, unless you change your settings before the 90 days expire.
Click here for further information on the CookieQ cookies
+1 (Google Plus One) and Google Maps
Google's +1 and maps service will place cookies on your browser as follows:
These are used by Google to track how many people are using their Maps and Google plus 1.
Addthis: Cookies for sharing links to our website via addthis
We use their services to make it easy to share links to our website with others. This third-party service places cookies on your device to make their service easier to use. Their policy on use can be found on the following website: Add This . To opt-out of add this click here
Listed below are the cookies left by Addthis:
1. AddThis sets cookies as part of its user measurement and analytics features, and include:
- uid/uit - Uniquely assigned machine-generated user ID
- di/dt - Maintenance cookies that help manage expiration for other cookies
- bt - User interest modeling
- uvc - Measures how often we see an AddThis user
- ssc/psc/uvc - These cookies are used in recording user sharing and social activity
- loc - Geolocation, used to help publishers know approximately where people sharing information are located. (State level)
- uss/ups - Used to record user-specified sharing preferences
- ssh/sshs - Used for optimizing sharing settings for the user.
- dbm - User preferences on whether to see toolbar download options
3. AddThis also, set cookies on first-party website domains much like Google Analytics and other packages do. These cookies are used for per-site user preferences and analytics, cookie name_ATUVC.
You Tube (not used at present)
We use you Tube to host our videos.
When watching any video two cookies will be placed on your browser:
Vistor_info1_live: Session cookie will expires after 6 months
Use_hitbox: session cookie will expire when you close your browser.
Email newsletter software
Our newsletters may contain a single, campaign-unique “web beacon pixel” (Cookie) to tell us whether our emails are opened and verify any clicks through to links or advertisements within the email.
We may use this information for purposes including determining which of our emails are more interesting to users, to query whether users who do not open our emails wish to continue receiving them and to inform our advertisers in aggregate how many users have clicked on their advertisements.
Use following link to opt-out of behavioural Advertising cookies which are not used by our sites but maybe useful to you:
Variations to this policy
This policy was last updated on: 15/06/2012