A cookie is a small file, typically of letters and numbers, downloaded on to a device when the user accesses certain websites. Cookies allow a website to recognise a user's device.
The law in this area is essentially designed to protect the privacy of internet users - even where the information being collected about them is not directly personally identifiable. The changes to the Directive in 2009 were prompted in part by concerns about online tracking of individuals and the use of spyware. The rules are not designed to restrict the use of particular technologies but rather they are intended to prevent information being stored on people's computers and used to recognise them via the device they are using, without their knowledge and agreement.
These cookies allow you to count visits and traffic sources so you can measure and improve the performance of your site. They help you to know which pages are the most and least popular and see how visitors move around the site. All information these cookies collect is aggregated and therefore anonymous. If you do not allow these cookies you will not know when a visitor has come to the site, and will not be able to monitor its performance. We use the Google Analytics service for this purpose.
Cookies used: __utma, __utmb, __utmv, __utmz
These cookies are necessary for the website to function and cannot be switched off in our systems. They are usually only set in response to actions made by visitors which amount to a request for services, such as logging in or filling in forms. Visitors can set their browser to block or alert them about these cookies, but some parts of the site will not then work. These cookies do not store any personally identifiable information.
Cookies used: A unique PHP session ID is generated for each visit.
|Cookie Name||Cookie Expiry||What it does|
|__utma||2 years||Created by Google Analytics to track various aspects of your visit. For more information please visit this page by Google.|
|SESS||Session*||Created by our servers to manage your session on our website.|