What are cookies and why are they used
Cookies are small text files that are stored on a visitor’s computer and enable information to be remembered by a website during a visitor’s current visit and in some cases are stored to be used on future visits to a particular website.
Depending on the web browsing program used cookies can be deleted or disabled but this may prevent you from using the website in the way you expected. They are widely used in order to make websites work, or work more efficiently, as well as to provide information to the owners of the site.
When someone visits our website we use third party services, Google Analytics and Heat Mapping Analytics, to collect standard internet log information and details of visitor behaviour patterns. We do this to find out things such as the number of visitors to the various parts of the site. This information is only processed in a way which does not identify anyone. We do not make any attempt to find out the identities of those visiting our website.
More information about how Google uses Analytics data is available at https://support.google.com/analytics/answer/6004245
To opt out of being tracked by Google Analytics across all websites visit http://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout.
More information about Heat Mapping data is available at https://heatmap.com/privacy
How do I change my cookie settings?
Most web browsers allow some control of most cookies through the browser settings. To find out more, including how to see what cookies have been set and how to manage and delete them, we would suggest the following reference sites:
- Information Commissioner’s Office – https://ico.org.uk
- org – http://www.aboutcookies.org/
- Wikipedia – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HTTP_cookie
The cookies used on our website are as follows. Note that depending on the pages you visit not all will be used.
|These are used by Google Analytics to record anonymous visitor data.|
|_ga, _gid||Used by Google Analytics to distinguish unique users. Important: Google Analytics does not store any personal information about website users. Read the Google Analytics privacy document for more details.|
|_gat||Used by Google Analytics to “throttle request rate” – Find out more from Google|
|wfvt_||Used by our website software to record information about your general geographic location (used to remember your time zone, for example). These are known as session cookies and are deleted when you leave the site.|
|wp or wp-||Used by our website software to temporarily store settings in the page(s) you are visiting in order to display the correct content for that page|
|wfwaf-authcookie||Used by the website to authenticate user logon requests|