Cookies

About Cookies
Like most websites in the world we use cookies as they help analyse web traffic or lets you know when you visit a particular site. Cookies allow web applications to respond to you as an individual. The web application can tailor its operations to your needs, likes and dislikes by gathering and remembering information about your preferences.
Cookies do not contain any information that personally identifies you, a cookie in no way gives us access to your computer or any information about you.
There are two main kinds of cookies: “session” cookies and “persistent” cookies. Session cookies only last for the duration of users using the website and are deleted from your computer when you close your browser, whereas persistent cookies outlast user sessions and remain stored on your computer until deleted, or until they reach their expiry date.
Cookie policy on this Website
We use the following cookies on this website.
Name
Purpose
PHPSESSID
This enables the site to identify you so that it knows what information to display to you as you move around the site.
wordpress_test_cookie
This is set to check whether your browser allows cookies to be set or not.
wp-settings
wp-settings-time
These keep track of your settings when you are logged in to the site.
Generally, we use cookies to help us administer this website, to improve the website’s usability and for marketing purposes. We may also use cookies to identify which pages are being used. This helps us analyse data about webpage traffic and improve our website in order to tailor it to customer needs. We only use this information for statistical analysis purposes and then the data is removed from the system.
Overall, cookies help us provide you with a better website, by enabling us to monitor which pages you find useful and which you do not.
Cookies do not contain any information that personally identifies you, a cookie in no way gives us access to your computer or any information about you.
We are committed to ensuring that your information is secure. In order to prevent unauthorised access or disclosure we have put in place suitable physical, electronic and managerial procedures to safeguard and secure the information we collect online.
You can choose to accept or decline cookies. Most web browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can usually modify your browser setting to decline cookies if you prefer. This may prevent you from taking full advantage of the website.
Third Party Cookies
We also use third party cookies on our website as follows:
Name
Domain / Third Party
Purpose
_uset
_stid
_unam
sharethis.com
The ShareThis service allows you to share our content via social media. These cookies enable that service to work smoothly:
·         _uset is used to indicate when a user has been cookied so that the task is not repeated in the next 8 hours.
·         _stid is a random unique identifier and is used to associate users with topics of interest, based upon the content they consume and share.
·         _unam counts the number of unique users that share content and how many page views are generated from the resulting share.
ShareThis’s privacy policy is here: sharethis.com/privacy
UID
UIDR
b.scorecardresearch.com (ComScore)
Collects information about how visitors use our site. These are included as a part of the ShareThis service. ShareThis uses the information to analyse their service’s reach. Their privacy policy is here: scorecardresearch.com/privacy.aspx
datr
reg_ext_ref
reg_fb_gate
reg_fb_ref
wd
Facebook
These cookies, provided by Facebook, are set when you are logged in to or otherwise using their service. This allows you to easily comment or share an article with your friends through the social network.
·         datr identifies you to Facebook
·         reg_fb_gate contains the first Facebook page that you visited
·         reg_fb_ref contains the last Facebook page that you visited
·         reg_ext_ref contains an external referrer URL from when you first visited Facebook
·         wd stores the browser window dimensions
Facebook’s data use policy for cookies is here: facebook.com/about/privacy/cookies
k
guest_id
original_referer
external_referer
_twitter_sess
Twitter
Twitter cookies which allow content from Twitter to be shown on our site and also allows you to share our content on Twitter. Twitter’s privacy policy is here: twitter.com/privacy
_utma
_utmb
_utmc
_utmz
Google Analytics
Collects information about how you use our site. We use the information to compile reports and to help us improve the site. The cookies collect information in an anonymous form, including the number of visitors to the site, where visitors have come to the site from and the pages they visited.
·         _utma stores each user’s amount of visits, and the time of the first visit, the previous visit, and the current visit.
·         _utmb and _utmc are used to check approximately how long you stay on a site: when a visit starts, and approximately ends. _utmb stores the time when a visitor enters the site and _utmc stores the time when a visitor leaves the site.
·         _utmz stores where a visitor came from (search engine, search keyword, link)
Read Google’s privacy policy here: google.co.uk/policies/privacy/
Preventing Cookies From Being Set and Deleting Existing Cookies
Most browsers allow you to reject all cookies, whilst some browsers allow you to reject just third party cookies.
Instructions for some of the more popular browsers are shown below. For other browsers, instructions can be found here: http://www.allaboutcookies.org/
Internet Explorer v9
To prevent new cookies from being installed
  • Go to Tools in the menu bar
  • Click on Internet Options
  • Click on the Privacy tab on top
  • Move the slider up to the “Block all Cookies” button
To delete existing cookies
  • Go to Tools in the menu bar
  • Click on Internet Options
  • Click on the General tab which should be under “Browsing History” and click “Delete”
Firefox
To prevent new cookies from being installed
  • Go to Tools in the menu bar
  • Click on Options
  • Click on the Privacy tab
  • Disable the box that says “Accept Cookies From sites”
To delete existing cookies
  • Go to Tools in the menu bar
  • Click on Options
  • Click on the Privacy tab
  • Click on “Clear Now”
  • Select “Cookies”
  • Click on “Clear Private Data Now”
Google Chrome
To prevent new cookies from being installed
  • Click on the spanner icon in the top right of the browser
  • Click on “Options”
  • Click on “Under the Bonnet” (UK) / “Under the Hood” (US)
  • Click on the “Content settings” button in the Privacy section
  • Ensure that “Allow local data to be set” is selected
  • Select “Block sites from setting any data”
To delete existing cookies
  • Click on the spanner icon in the top right of the browser
  • Click on “Options”
  • Click on “Under the Bonnet” (UK) / “Under the Hood” (US)
  • Click on the “Content settings” button in the Privacy section
  • Click on the “Clear browsing data” button
Safari
To prevent new cookies from being installed and delete existing cookies
  • Go to the Safari menu (icon in top right of browser) and select Preferences
  • In the popup window that appears, select the Security icon (a padlock)
  • Under “Accept Cookies”, select the “Never” button