Cookies

What Cookies Are

To make our website useful and reliable, we place small files which are known as cookies on your computer or mobile phone. They cannot be used to identify you personally.

These pieces of information are used to improve services for you through:

  • Enabling a service to recognise your device so you don't have to give the same information several times during one task.
  • Recognising that you may already have given a username and password so you don't need to do it for every page requested.
  • Measuring how many people are using services, so they can be made easier to use and with enough computing power.
  • Analysing anonymised data to help us understand how people interact with our services so that we can make them better.

You can learn about how to remove cookies from your device.

Our Use of Cookies

First Party Cookies

Name: SESSnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn.
Description: A random 32-character string so that we know each of your page requests originated from the same browser.
Expires: In about three weeks.

Name: has_js.
Description: A one-digit on/off flag so that we know your browser can run our dynamic functionality.
Expires: Upon closing your Web browser.

Third Party Cookies

We use Google Analytics to collect information about how visitors use our website. We use the information to compile reports and to help us improve the service. The cookies collect information in an anonymous form, including the number of visitors to the website, where visitors come from and the pages which they visited.  You can view the cookies which they set, their privacy policy and you can opt out of receiving cookies.

How to Control and Delete Cookies

We will not use cookies to collect personally identifiable information about you. However, if you wish to restrict or block the cookies which are set by our website, you can do this through your browser settings. The 'Help' function within your browser should tell you how. Alternatively, you may wish to visit aboutcookies.org which contains comprehensive information on how to do this on a wide variety of browsers. You will also find details on how to delete cookies from your device as well as more general information about cookies. Please be aware that restricting cookies may impact on the functionality of our website.

Updating Information About Cookies

Whenever we update our website to include new cookies, we will update this page. This ensures that you know about the cookies that are present on the site and can make an informed decision about giving us consent to place them on your computer or other device, using the settings in your browser.