What are cookies, why we use them and what you need to know about them!
We collect anonymous information about how our website is used so that we can provide you with the best possible online service. The tool we use to collect this information is called a cookie which we store on your device. We will not use any information gathered through cookies on this site to identify you as an individual and you can visit our website without telling us who you are or revealing any information about yourself. If you do decide to give us any personal information about yourself or others we promise to treat it securely, fairly and lawfully, and full details of how we manage such data can be found in our Privacy Statement.
2) What Is A Cookie?
A cookie is a small text file that is placed and stored on your computer, mobile or other device by websites that you visit. Cookies are widely used in order to make websites work, or work more efficiently, and also to provide information on visitor behaviour to the website owner.
3) What Types Of Cookie Are There?
There are two main types of cookie:
3.a) Session Cookies
These temporary cookies are only stored by your web browser for the duration of the session so are lost when you close the browser. They can enable certain site functionality and are also used to remember information about what you have done on a particular web page so that it can be used elsewhere on the site (e.g. to allow information you have entered on one page to be carried across to other pages of the site, so avoiding you having to re-enter it).
3.b) Persistent Cookies
These are cookies that are remembered by your browser even after you have closed it. How long they are stored depends on the lifetime of the specific cookie. Generally speaking, persistent cookies can be used to track website visits, including returning and unique visitors, and to monitor how people interact with a website. They can also be used to help arrange content to match a user’s preferred interests/preferences more quickly e.g. language settings, however, these cookies cannot be used by themselves to identify you.
• Collect information to help us distinguish visitors, understand their browsing habits on our website and to improve their experience.
• Compile statistical reports on website activity e.g. numbers of visitors and the pages they visit
• Collect information that will allow us to tailor advertising to make it more relevant for you, based on your previous interactions with our website.
• Remember information about you when you visit our site.
Some of the cookies are essential in order to provide our services to you.
5) What Cookies Do We Use?
Cookie Type What It Does
ASP.NET_SessionId Session We use this to maintain a user’s session and allow data to be passed between different online forms.
InamonAuth Session Supplied to a user when they login, used by the system to determine what they are authorised to do.
_forcedSignout Session Supplied to a user when they are logged out automatically due to inactivity. This is used to inform them that this has occured.
StyleChoice Permanent Supplied to a user when they click the “non-mobile” / “mobile enhanced” site style button. This ensures that a users preference is saved.
CampaignData Permanent Used to establish whether a user has entered the site via an advertising campaign link and which campaign.
_ga Permanent Used to distinguish users when we are analysing how many people are using different areas of our site.
6) Managing Cookies
You can accept or decline cookies from any website by changing your browser settings. For information on how to do this consult the help section of your browser.
IMPORTANT – Deleting or disabling cookies may affect the functionality of our website and you may not be able to access certain areas or features of our site.
For more information about cookies please visit www.aboutcookies.org or www.allaboutcookies.org. To opt out of being tracked by Google Analytics across all websites visit http://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout.