Cookies are small text files that are placed on your computer by websites that you visit. They are widely used in order to make websites work, or work more efficiently, as well as to provide information to the owners of the site.
A session cookie is a temporary cookie that only remains in the cookie file of your web browser until you leave the site. This cookie contains no personal data until you log in and is used to inform us that you are using the site, but not logged in.
If you log in to our website we update the session cookie with your log in data. This cookie is still encrypted and the site uses this along with an additional session cookie to validate your access to privileged parts of the site. These cookies remain temporary and will only stay in the cookie file of your browser until you leave the site. If you log out of the website the log in data is removed from the cookie.
When a visitor requests pages from our website, our web servers automatically log the browser's domain name and IP address. This information is collected solely for statistical purposes and is not used to identify individuals.
If you are interested in how cookies work and would like to know more, we can suggest the following online articles - however, please note, we are not responsible for the content of external websites.
- What are cookies
- Your online choices
- About cookies
- www.allaboutcookies.org (provides guidance about seeing what cookies have been set and how to manage or delete them).
The cookies we use
When you accept cookies from our site we write a cookie called ecd_opt_in to your machine. This stores your acceptance so that when you return to our site in the future you will not have to accept cookies again. Once you have accepted, our site will save a number of cookies to store information as follows. Please note, you will be asked to accept cookies again if you visit the website on a different device, such as a tablet or mobile.
A set of system cookies are used to store information allowing functionality. These include data relating to a users membership, such as log-in details, if the user has signed up to any memberships on the site.
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. These cookies are listed below:
To opt out of being tracked by Google Analytics across all websites visit http://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout.