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Cookies and Privacy

Let's face it - cookies are pretty tasty! Our website also loves cookies, but we understand that you might not know what they are and what they do. To help you, we've put together this page. If you have any more questions, contact us and we'll be happy to answer them.


How to disable cookies, and the consequences.

What are cookies?

A cookie is a small text file that a website places on your device, which stores some information about the page you are on. This information varies, and depends on what you are doing - this means that they are normally personalised to your device.


Online websites don't have a memory: they can't remember where you were the last time you were browsing on one of our pages, or anything else for that matter! So, cookies were created to act as the "brain" of websites. For example, when you log onto Facebook, it will store a cookie to remember you have logged in. If you delete or disable this cookie, you would be logged out every time you go to a different page on Facebook.


Cookies can also watch the pages you visit between sites, which allows advertisers to build up a picture of your interests.  The when you land on a site that shows one of their adverts - they can tailor it to those interests.  This is known as 'behavioural advertising'.


Almost all websites use cookies in some way or another, and every page you visit in those sites writes cookies to your computer and receives them back from it.

Types of Cookies

First Party
These are cookies that come directly from our website: we set the cookie and store it on your device.
Third Party
These cookies are set from other websites that integrate with ours, but don't come directly from us. We can't control these cookies, because another website has created them. For example, Google might store cookies so we can see how long people are staying on our website for, and how they find us etc..
Session Cookies
These are stored temporarily - they will be deleted when you close your browser, but might not be if you simply navigate away from the page.
Persistent Cookies
Cookies that aren't deleted when your browser closes are persistent. However, they don't last forever - they have an expiry date that could last for minutes to years. Every time you visit a website that stores these cookies, it will update the cookie with a new expiry date. Google Analytics is a good example - we personally use this so we know what parts of the website you like to look at, and which parts aren't so popular, among other things.
Secure Cookies
These are encrypted cookies that are normally found on online shopping sites and during transmission of sensitive information.
HTTPOnly Cookies
These cookies can't be read by scripts on the page, like JavaScript. Scripts make your browsing experience richer.
Strictly Necessary
Essential cookies that are required to let you move around the website and use its features, like accessing secure areas. Privacy concerns are negligible.
Performance
 These cookies collect information on how the website's used. All information collected is aggregated, so you remain anonymous. It's used to improve how the website works. They have a low level of privacy concern.
Functional
These allow the website to remember the choices you make, to allow a more personal browsing experience. Information is anonymous, and don't track your browsing on other websites. They have some privacy concern.
Targeting / Advertising
Cookies that deliver adverts that are more relevant to you. They remember a website you visited, and this is shared with other organisations such as advertisers. You might see this in action after you run a Google search for something - adverts you see online start to relate to that search. They are the most privacy-invasive.

What cookies do you store?

You can find a list of what cookies our website stores here.

Can I opt out?

Opting out of cookies can severely affect your browsing experience, and we recommend keeping them active. However, should you wish to opt out, you can find instructions here. You can also opt out of Google Analytics (most perfomance cookies) here.

Where can I get more information?

Find out more on Cookiepedia - a website dedicated to cookies.


Information from cookielaw.org

This page is correct as of 27 August 2015

Oh, if you were hoping for the other type of cookie...we don't like to disappoint :)

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