What is a cookie?
A cookie is a small file placed on your computer’s hard drive. They enable websites to identify your computer when you view different pages.
Cookies allow websites and applications to store your preferences in order to present content, options or functions that are specific to you. They also provide information, such as how many people use a particular website and what pages they tend to visit.
- Analyse our web traffic using an analytics package – Aggregated usage data helps us improve the website structure, design, content and functions.
- Identify whether you are signed into our website – A cookie allows us to check whether you are signed into the site.
- Test content on our website – For example, 50% of our users might see one piece of content, the other 50% a different piece.
- Store information about your preferences – The website can then present you with information that you will find more relevant and interesting.
- To recognise when you return to our website – We may show your relevant content, or provide functionality you have used previously.
Cookies do not provide us with access to your computer or any information about you, other than that which you choose to share with us.
Controlling information about you
When you fill in an e-form or provide your personal details on our website, you may see one or more tick boxes allowing you to:
- Opt-in to receive marketing communications from us by email, telephone, text message or post
- Opt-in to receive marketing communications from our third-party partners by email, telephone, text message or post
If you have agreed we can use your information for marketing purposes, you can change your mind easily, via one of these methods:
- Send an email to us
- Write to us
We will never lease, distribute or sell your personal information to third parties unless we have your permission or we are required to disclose your personal details by law. Any personal information we hold about you is stored and processed under our data protection policy, in compliance with the Data Protection Act 1998.
We will always hold your information securely. To prevent unlawful disclosure or access to your information, we have implemented strong physical and electronic security safeguards.
We also follow stringent procedures to ensure we work with all personal data in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998.
Links from our site
Our website may contain links to other websites. Please note that we have no control of websites outside of this website domain. If you provide information to a website to which we link, we are not responsible for your data protection and privacy.
Always be wary when submitting data via interactive website templates. Study the website data protection policy and the status of the website itself (is it padlocked or using https:// or green bar transfer protocols?).