What are cookies?
Cookies are small text files which are saved to your computer, tablet or mobile phone/device through your web browser when you access websites and can be accessed by the web server or the client's computer. This allows the server to deliver content tailored to a particular user as well as remember preferences and even keep track of items in a user’s shopping cart.
The purpose of cookies is to make your interaction with a website smoother with no additional effort required by the user.
How long does a cookie last?
The time of expiry of a cookie can be set when the cookie is created. By default the cookie is destroyed when the current browser window is closed, but it can be made to persist for an arbitrary length of time after that.
What types of cookies are there?
A session cookie for a website only exists whilst the user is reading or navigating the website. When the user closes their web browser these cookies are usually removed.
A persistent cookie for a website exists on a user’s computer until a future date. For example, the cookie expiry date could be set as one year and each time a website is accessed over this period the website could access the cookie.
A secure cookie can only be used via HTTPS. This ensures the cookie data is encrypted, reducing the expose to cookie theft via eavesdropping.
First-party cookies are cookies set with the same domain (or its subdomain) as your browser's address bar. First-party cookies are only set or retrieved by the website while you are visiting it, so they cannot normally be used to track activity or pass data from one site to another.
Third-party cookies are cookies set with domains different from the one shown on the address bar. The web pages on the first domain may feature content from a third-party domain, e.g. an advert run by www.advertexample.com. Privacy setting options in most modern browsers allow you to block third-party tracking cookies.
What cookies does this website use?
- cookieconsent_status: Expires after 1 year
- io: Expires when the browsing session ends
This cookie is used to remember a user’s choice about cookies on this website. Where users have previously indicated a preference, that user’s preference will be stored in this cookie.
GA4 is a web analytics service provided by Google that allows us to analyze and monitor user interactions with our website or mobile app. GA4 collects anonymous data about how users interact with our website or app, such as the pages they visit, the links they click, and the features they use.
The data collected by GA4 includes information such as your IP address, browser type, device type, and operating system. It may also include information about your geographic location, such as your country or city, as well as demographic information such as age and gender.
We use the data collected by GA4 to better understand how users interact with our website or app, and to improve our website or app performance, content, and user experience. This data may also be used for marketing and advertising purposes, such as creating targeted advertising campaigns and remarketing lists.
If you do not want GA4 to collect data about your interactions with our website or app, you can disable cookies in your browser settings. You can also opt out of personalized advertising by visiting the Google Ads Preferences Manager.
Google Signals is a feature in Google Analytics that enables us to provide aggregated and anonymized cross-device reporting and advertising features to our users. By enabling Google Signals, we can collect data from users who have signed in to Google services and have turned on Ads Personalization. This data includes information about their interactions with our website and other Google services across multiple devices.
The data collected by Google Signals is used to provide insights into user behavior across devices and to improve our advertising and marketing efforts. It is also used to create aggregated and anonymized reports that help us understand how users interact with our website and other Google services.
Google Signals does not collect any personally identifiable information (PII) about our users. All data collected is aggregated and anonymized, which means that it cannot be used to identify individual users.
If you do not want your data to be collected by Google Signals, you can opt out of Ads Personalization in your Google Account settings. Additionally, you can use browser plugins or settings to block cookies and prevent the collection of data by Google Signals.
How can I delete cookies?
You can delete cookies from your computer although this may impact your experience on the website. Please refer to the following documentation on how to delete cookies: http://www.allaboutcookies.org/manage-cookies/clear-cookies-installed.html