A cookie is a small file of letters and numbers that we store on your browser or the hard drive of your computer if you agree. Cookies contain information that is transferred to your computer’s hard drive.
We use the following cookies:
- Strictly necessary cookies. These are cookies that are required for the operation of our website. They include, for example, cookies that enable you to log into secure areas of our website, use a shopping cart or make use of e-billing services.
- Analytical/performance cookies. They allow us to recognise and count the number of visitors and to see how visitors move around our website when they are using it. This helps us to improve the way our website works, for example, by ensuring that users are finding what they are looking for easily.
- Functionality cookies. These are used to recognise you when you return to our website. This enables us to personalise our content for you, greet you by name and remember your preferences (for example, your choice of language or region).
You can find more information about the individual cookies we use and the purposes for which we use them in the table below:
|_ga||Google Analytics cookies, these are used to collect information about how visitors use our website. These cookies don’t collect information that identifies an individual visitor, the information is aggregated and therefore anonymous.||Expires: 2 years after being set|
|_gat||We use this information to compile reports and help us improve the usability of our website.||Expires: 1 minute after being set|
|_gid||https://developers.google.com/analytics/devguides/collection/analyticsjs/cookie-usage||Expires: 1 day after being set|
|PHPSESSID||To store a the logged in user’s username and a 128bit encrypted key. This information is required to allow a user to stay logged in to a web site without needing to submit their username and password for each page visited. Without this cookie, a user is unable to proceed to areas of the web site that require authenticated access.||Expires: When the user’s browser is closed.|
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