A cookie is a tiny text file that contains some information that may be passed back and forth between your browser
(e.g. Internet Explorer, Chrome, Firefox, or Safari) and a computer running a website (typically the site that set the cookie).
It does not contain any code and cannot do anything. Most websites set them and many cannot function properly without them.
Typically they just contain an identifier so that the server knows that it has seen this visitor before.
This means, for example, that someone can log in to a website and stay logged in, they can set their preferences or not be repeatedly shown the same information.
Two major kinds of cookies are:
•First Party Cookies - set by the website which is showing in your browser's address bar
•Third Party Cookies - these are set by other sites
Cookies also vary in their duration. "Session cookies" last only for the length of your visit, whilst others might last for days or months so that a site will recognise you next time you visit.
This website uses Google Analytics.
Google Analytics uses first-party cookies 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.
To opt out of being tracked by Google Analytics across all websites visit http://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout.
We do not make any attempt to find out the identities of those visiting this website.
We will not associate any data gathered from this site with any personally identifying information from any source.
If we do want to collect personally identifiable information through our website, we will be up front about this.
We will make it clear when we collect personal information and will explain what we intend to do with it.
The cookies used are:
All of the above: Various duration: a mix of session and "permanent" cookies lasting 30 mins, 6 months, or 1-2 yrs.
Anonymously tracks use of website. These cookies are set or updated on any page visited. See here for full details. Several cookies are set but all serve the same purpose: to see how people reached the site and used it, including search terms used and referring sites.