Last updated: 22 December 2017
This page describes what information the cookies our website gathers, how we use it and why we sometimes need to store these cookies. We will also explain how you can prevent these cookies from being stored on your computer.
For more general information on cookies and how to disable them, please consult the information here: http://www.allaboutcookies.org.
You can prevent the setting of cookies by adjusting the settings on your browser (see your browser Help tool for how to do this). If you wish to disable cookies then you can do so by readjusting your browser settings, although please note that by blocking cookies (especially essential cookies) you may not be able to register with or use all features of our website. Be aware that disabling cookies is likely to affect the functionality of this and other websites that you visit.
We use strictly necessary cookies that are required for the operation of our site. They include, for example, cookies that enable you to login to secure areas of our site and prevent you from having to log in every single time you visit a new page. These cookies are typically removed or cleared when you log out to ensure that you can only access restricted features and areas when logged in.
This site offers newsletter or email subscription services and cookies may be used to remember if you are already registered and whether to show certain personalised notifications which might only be valid to subscribed/unsubscribed users.
When you submit data through a form such as those found on contact pages or comment forms, cookies may be set to remember your user details for future correspondence.
In order to provide you with a great experience on this site we provide the functionality to set your preferences for how this site runs when you use it. In order to remember your preferences we need to set cookies so that this information can be recalled whenever you interact with a page that is affected by your preferences.
Analytical and performance cookies allow us to recognise and count the number of visitors and track their movements on the site. This helps us to improve the way our website works, for example, by ensuring that users are finding what they are looking for easily.
Targeting cookies may also be used, to record your visit to our site, the pages you have visited and the links you have followed. We will use this information to make our website and the advertising displayed on it more relevant to your interests. We may also share this information with third parties for this purpose.
'Session cookies' allow us to track your actions during a single browsing session, but they do not remain on your device afterwards. 'Persistent cookies' remain on your device between sessions. We use them to authenticate you and to remember your preferences. We can also use them to balance the load on our servers and improve your experience on our site.
Session and persistent cookies can be either first or third party cookies. A first-party cookie is set by the website being visited; a third-party cookie is set by a different website. Both types of cookie may be used by us or our business partners.
This site uses Google Analytics which is one of the most widespread and trusted analytics solutions on the web for helping us to understand how you use the site and ways that we can improve your experience. These cookies may track things such as how long you spend on the site and the pages that you visit so we can continue to produce engaging content. They may also track your other account activity (including storage usage and number of log-ins), data displayed or clicked on and other log information (including browser type, IP-address, date and time of access, cookie ID, and referrer URL).
For more information on Google Analytics cookies, see the official Google Analytics page.
The Google AdSense service we use to serve advertising uses a DoubleClick cookie to serve more relevant ads across the web and limit the number of times that a given ad is shown to you.
You may opt out of the use of the DoubleClick Cookie for interest-based advertising by visiting the Google Ads Settings web page: https://www.google.com/ads/preferences/
For more information on Google AdSense see the official Google AdSense privacy FAQ.
Several partners advertise on our behalf and affiliate tracking cookies simply allow us to see if our customers have come to the site through one of our partner sites so that we can credit them appropriately and where applicable allow our affiliate partners to provide any bonus that they may provide you for completing an offer. You authorize us to share other information about your activity on our website with these third parties for the purpose of tailoring, analysing, managing, reporting, and optimising advertising you see on our website.
We also use social media buttons and/or plugins on this site that allow you to connect with your social network in various ways. For these to work, social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter, will set cookies through our site which may be used to enhance your profile on their site or contribute to the data they hold for various purposes outlined in their respective privacy policies.