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On 26th May 2012, all UK websites will need to comply with the new EU E-Privacy Directive 2009/136/EC. Cookies are only a small part of this directive, and whilst you are still allowed to use cookies on a website, it must be made clear to visitors to your site that cookies are being used.

 

 

At the footer of our website we have displayed a message to warn you that our website makes use of cookies and that one has already been set.  By displaying this message we hope that we are providing you with the information you require about our use of cookies, and presenting you with the option to consent to their use.

 

 

WHAT IS A COOKIE?

A cookie is a small amount of data, often including a unique identifier, sent to the browser of your computer or mobile phone (referred to here as a "device") from a website's computer.  It is stored on your device's hard drive. Each website can send its own cookie to your browser if your browser's preferences allow it.  To protect your privacy, your browser only permits a website to access the cookies it has already sent to you, and not the cookies sent to you by other websites. Many websites do this whenever a user visits them to track online traffic flows.


During the course of any visit to our website, every page you see, along with a cookie, is downloaded to your device. Many websites do this because cookies enable website publishers to do useful things like find out whether your device (and probably you) has visited the website before.  On a repeat visit this is done by the website’s computer checking to see, and finding, the cookie left there on the last visit.

 

HOW DO WE USE COOKIES?

Information supplied by cookies can help us analyse the profile of our visitors, which helps us provide you with a better user experience. For example, if on a previous visit you went to our marketing pages, we might find this out from your cookie and highlight marketing information on subsequent visits.

 

THIRD PARTY COOKIES ON OUR PAGES

Please note that during your visits to our website you may notice some cookies which are unrelated to us. When you visit a page with content embedded from, for example, YouTube or Flickr, you may be presented with cookies from these websites. We do not control the dissemination of these cookies. You should check the third party websites for more information about these.

 

HOW TO DELETE COOKIES OR CONTROL THEM

This site will not use cookies to collect personally identifiable information about you. However, if you wish to restrict or block cookies set by this or any other 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 www.aboutcookies.org which contains comprehensive information on how to do this for a wide variety of browsers. You will also find details on how to clear cookies from your computer as well as more general information about cookies. For information on how to do this on your mobile phone’s browser, you will need to refer to your handset manual.

 

Please be aware that restricting cookies will impact the functionality of this Website.