1. ABOUT COOKIES
1.1 A cookie is a file containing an identifier (a string of letters and numbers) that is sent by a web server to a web browser, and stored by the browser. The identifier is then sent back to the server each time the browser requests a page from the server.
1.2 Cookies can be used by web servers to identity and track users as they navigate different pages on a website and to identify users returning to a website.
1.3 Cookies may be either “persistent” cookies or “session” cookies. A persistent cookie consists of a text file sent by a web server to a web browser, which will be stored by the browser and will remain valid until its set expiry date (unless deleted by the user before the expiry date). A session cookie, on the other hand, will expire at the end of the user session, when the web browser is closed.
2. COOKIES USED ON THE SITE
We currently use session cookies on the Site, though reserve the right to use persistent cookies.
3.1 Cookies do not contain any information that personally identifies you, but personal information that we store about you may be linked by us, to the information stored in and obtained from cookies.
3.2 We may use the information we obtain from your use of our cookies for the following purposes:
3.2.1 to recognise your computer when you visit the Site;
3.2.2 to track you as you navigate the Site, and to enable the use of certain features on the Site;
3.2.3 to improve the Site’s usability;
3.2.4 to analyse use of the Site;
3.2.5 in the administration of the Site;
3.2.6 to prevent fraud and improve the security of the Site; and
3.2.7 to personalise the Site for you, including targeting advertisements which may be of particular interest to you.
4. THIRD PARTY COOKIES
4.1 When you use the Site, you may also be sent cookies by selected third parties who may use the information they obtain from your use of their cookies:
4.1.1 to track your browser across multiple websites;
4.1.2 to build a profile of your web surfing; and
4.1.3 to target advertisements which may be of particular interest to you.
5. BLOCKING COOKIES
5.1 Most browsers allow you to refuse to accept cookies. For example:
5.1.1 in Internet Explorer you can refuse all cookies by clicking “Tools”, “Internet Options”, “Privacy”, and selecting “Block all cookies” using the sliding selector;
5.1.2 in Firefox you can block all cookies by clicking “Tools”, “Options”, and un-checking “Accept cookies from sites” in the “Privacy” box; and
5.1.2 in Chrome, you can block all cookies by choosing Settings/Privacy/Content settings and choosing the appropriate blocking options (You can find instructions for doing so at https://support.google.com/chrome/answer/95647).
5.2 Blocking cookies however, is likely to have a negative impact upon the usability for you of the Site.
6. DELETING COOKIES
6.1 You can also delete cookies already stored on your computer:
6.1.1 in Internet Explorer, you must manually delete cookie files (you can find instructions for doing so at http://support.microsoft.com/kb/278835);
6.1.2 in Firefox, you can delete cookies by, first ensuring that cookies are to be deleted when you “clear private data” (this setting can be changed by clicking “Tools”, “Options” and “Settings” in the “Private Data” box) and then clicking “Clear private data” in the “Tools” menu; and
6.1.3 in Chrome, you can delete cookies by choosing Settings/Privacy/Clear browsing data. (You can find instructions for doing so at https://support.google.com/chrome/answer/95647).
Deleting cookies however, is likely to have a negative impact on the usability for you of the Site.
Should you wish to learn more about cookies, you can do so by visiting www.allaboutcookies.org.