Almost all websites – including this one – store small files called cookies on your computer or mobile phone when you browse. Cookies store information to help make sure you get the best out of a website.
- Collect any personally identifiable information (without your express permission)
- Pass data to advertising networks
- Pass personally identifiable data to third parties
- Pay sales commissions
Social website cookies
We know that those who access websites often like to share information with their friends. So, we have ‘Like’ and ‘Share’ buttons on some pages to help you link to pages on Facebook, Twitter and other websites. We also enable comments on our blog posts.
Anonymous visitor statistics cookies
We want to know that our website is useful – and to do that we need to make sure it looks, feels and reads well for our visitors. To help us do that we use Google Analytics to learn lots about our visitors – including which countries they’re in, what sort of computers or devices they’re using, how long they read pages for, and which pages they see. It’s not about identifying individual users – it’s all about getting a clear idea of how we need to improve the site so it works well for everyone.
Google Analytics also helps us learn how people find out about the site – for example, which search engines they use, and which words they use to search. This helps us make sure many more people can learn about what we’re doing.
Turning cookies off
If you’re worried about spyware – creepy programmes that track you and target adverts at you – we want to be absolutely clear that we don’t use it. Most anti-spyware programmes simply delete cookies that they think come from spyware – and, as we’ve said, you can always do that with cookies from this website. You can learn more about managing cookies with anti-spyware programmes.