There are other cookies we would like to use to make your visit more personal, support our marketing and improve the website. These optional cookies can be turned on or off depending on whether you provide your consent or not for us to use them.
What are cookies?
Every time you visit our website, it sends us a cookie. This is a text file placed on your device or in the memory of your web browser that tells us about your visit to our website. When the data comes to us, it’s bulked together with information from all the other visitors to our site. Cookies tell us, for example, about traffic data, location data, device information, the date and time people visit and the pages they visit.
Some cookies are strictly necessary. This means that the website may not function properly if they are disabled. Other cookies are optional and you can choose whether to activate them in the Preference Centre. Optional cookies are grouped into:
- Functional cookies – Cookies that make your visit more personal.
- Performance cookies – These cookies allow us to count visits and traffic sources so we can measure and improve the performance of our site. All information these cookies collect is aggregated and therefore anonymous.
- Targeting cookies – These cookies may be set through our site by our advertising partners. They may be used by those companies to build a profile of your interests and show you relevant adverts on other sites. They do not store directly personal information, but are based on uniquely identifying your browser and internet device. If you do not allow these cookies, you will experience less targeted advertising.
Do cookies collect personal data?
If you consent to us setting a cookie on your device the cookie isn’t in itself processing any personal data belonging to you. We are asking for your consent to set the cookie because the Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations require us to. Some cookies including targeting cookies do generate personal data belonging to you which is another reason why we ask you for your specific consent for these types of cookies. This consent is asked for under data protection law.
Are cookies safe?
Yes, they’re totally harmless. They can’t look into your computer, carry viruses or install anything harmful on your computer.
How do I turn cookies off?
You can accept or reject non-essential cookies. You can also go to cookie settings and reject all cookie categories, except the ones that are essential for our website to function. If you go to the About Cookies website (https://aboutcookies.org.uk/ ), there’s helpful information about how to manage cookies.