What are cookies?
Cookies are small text files, which are set by us in your web browser. Cookies store data that enhances your experience of the website (for example saving your shopping bag between pages); they also enable us to gather anonymous information on website use, which we can use to improve our service to you; they are also used by some of our third-party service providers, again to track usage and to save data between pages.
Generally, the cookies that we use perform two different functions:
1) Performance Cookies
We utilise other cookies to analyse how our visitors use our websites and to monitor website performance. This allows us to provide a high quality experience by customising our offering and quickly identifying and fixing any issues that arise. For example, we might use performance cookies to keep track of which pages are most popular, which method of linking between pages is most effective, and to determine why some pages are receiving error messages. We might also use these cookies to highlight articles or site services that we think will be of interest to you based on your usage of the website.
2) Analytics Cookies.
We and our service providers may use analytics cookies, which are sometimes called performance cookies, to collect information about your use of the Site and enable us to improve the way it works. Analytics cookies collect information about how you use the Site, for instance, which pages you go to most. The information allows us to count our audience size, see the overall patterns of usage on the Site, help us record any difficulties you have with the Site and show us whether our advertising is effective or not.
How to control or delete cookies
The majority of web browsers automatically enable cookies as a default setting. To stop cookies being stored on your computer in future, you’ll need to alter the settings of your web browser. You should also be able to delete cookies via your browser settings.
You can find instructions on how to control or delete cookies by clicking ‘Help’ in your browser’s menu bar, or by following these browser-by-browser instructions from AboutCookies.org.
For Google Analytics cookies you can also stop Google from collecting your information by downloading and installing the Google Analytics Opt-out Browser Add-on.
You may withdraw your consent for cookies to be set. Please note that by itself this action will neither delete any cookies nor prevent the future setting of cookies.