Cookies are files which contain an identifier (a string of letters and numbers) that are sent by a web server to a web browser and are stored by the browser. The identifier is then sent back to the server each time the browser requests a page from the server.
Cookies may be either ‘persistent’ cookies or ‘session’ cookies. A persistent cookie will be stored by a web browser and will remain valid until its set expiry date, unless deleted by the user before the expiry date. A session cookie will expire at the end of the user session, when the web browser is closed.
Cookies do not typically contain any information that personally identifies a user, but personal information that we store about you may be linked to the information stored in and obtained from cookies.
- authentication - to identify you when you visit the sites and as you navigate the site
- status - to help determine if you are logged into the site
- security - to protect user accounts, including preventing fraudulent use of login credentials, and to protect our site and service
- analysis - to analyse the use and performance of the site
Cookies used by our service providers
Most browsers allow you to refuse to accept cookies and to delete cookies. The methods for doing so vary from browser to browser, and from version to version. You can however obtain up-to-date information about blocking and deleting cookies via these links:
Please be aware that blocking all cookies will have a negative impact upon the usability of many websites. If you block cookies, you may not be able to use all the features on our site.