A "cookie" is a piece of information that a website copies & transfers to the “cookie” file of the browser on your computer's hard drive. This is so that the website can remember who you are. A cookie will typically contain the name of the domain from which it originates, the "life" of the cookie, and usually a randomly generated unique number representing a notional value.
When you visit our website we send you a “cookie”.
We also often use “cookies” in the following ways:
To help us recognize you as a unique visitor, (just a number) when you return to our website. This would technically also allow us to match your preferred interests with specific content in our site. In practice we are not that technically savvy, so unlikely to use “cookies” for this purpose.
To compile anonymous aggregated statistics that allow us to understand how users use our website. This helps us improve the background of our website.
Two types of cookies may be used on our website. The first are session “cookies”, which remain in the “cookies” file of your browser until you leave our site. The second are persistent “cookies” which remain in the “cookie” file of your browser for the life of the specific “cookie”
Most of our web pages also contain electronic images known as Web beacons that allow us to count users who have visited these pages. This helps us to formulate the offerings that we make on our site
Web beacons collect a “cookie” number, time and date of a page view, and a description of the page from which the web beacon originates.
You can accept or decline “cookies” by modifying the settings in your browser. However you will not be able to use the features of our site if “cookies” are disabled.
To find out more on how to disable or enable “cookies” visit www.allaboutcookies.org.