What are cookies?
Cookies are small, sometimes encrypted, text files, which are stored on your computer when you visit websites. They are used to remember small pieces of information which allows the website to function properly. Cookies do not harm your computer. If you'd like to know more about cookies and how to control them, http://www.aboutcookies.org provides excellent information.
Who sets cookies?
Cookies can be categorised by who sets the cookie, and also by whom the cookie will be used. 1st party cookies are set by the website you are visiting and can only be read by the website 3rd party cookies are set by an organisation other than the owner of the website. For example, for analysing website performance, for linking to social media platforms, to enable a video to be watched, or for the purpose of advertising.
We use Google Analytics and 1and1 Analytics, who collect and store information about the pages visited, time spent on the site, method of navigation to the site, and clicks about visitor behaviour on our website. This data is not tied to any personally identifiable information. We do not collect or store your personal information (e.g. your name or address) and the information cannot be used to identify who you are. We simply look at aggregated statistics on how our website is used.
You can check the privacy and cookie policies of each of these external sites to see exactly how they use your information, and to find out how to opt out, or delete, such information.
How long do cookies last?
The length of time a cookie lasts varies, depending upon what they are used for. Session cookies are temporary and are only stored until you leave the website or when you close your web browser. Persistent cookies, on the other hand, last for a fixed time, defined within the cookie, and allow the website to recognise the device again when the user returns to that website on the same device.
How to manage cookies