What are cookies?
A cookie is a small text file which is stored by your web browser, and is used to improve your browsing experience. For example, a cookie can remember when you log in to the forum, and prevent you from having to enter your details every time you visit.
Cookies are unique to your browser, and contain no personally identifiable information. They may contain more general information, for example about your device and browser type, demographic data, and how you arrived at our site (e.g. directly or via a third-party link).
Cookies can be set either by the website you are currently visiting (‘first party cookies), or they may be set by other websites who run content on the page you are viewing (‘third party cookies’). As a website we have no control over the cookies that third parties set. These cookies are likely to be analytical/performance or tracking cookies so that, for example, a third party can provide you with relevant advertisements.
What are the different types of cookies?
According to the International Chamber of Commerce UK (ICC UK) there are 4 main categories of cookies: Strictly Necessary, Performance, Functional, and Targeting/Advertising.
They are defined as follows:
These cookies are essential in order to enable you to move around the website and use its features, such as accessing secure areas of the website.
These cookies collect information about how visitors use a website, for instance which pages visitors go to most often, and if they get error messages from web pages. These cookies don’t collect information that identifies a visitor. All the information these cookies collect is aggregated and therefore anonymous. It is only used to improve how a website works.
These cookies allow the website to remember choices you make (such as your username) and provide enhanced, more personal features. The information these cookies collect may be anonymised and they cannot track your browsing activity on other websites.
These cookies are used to deliver adverts more relevant to you and your interests. They are usually placed by advertising networks with the website operator’s permission. They remember that you have visited a website and this information is shared with other organisations such as advertisers.
Alongside these categories, all cookies are either ‘session’ or ‘persistent’, depending on how long they are stored for:
- A session cookie is only stored for the duration of your visit to a website, and is deleted from your device when you close your browser.
- A persistent cookie is saved for a set period of time after the browser has been closed. Persistent cookies are activated each time you visit the website where the cookie originated from.
Strictly Necessary and Functional
We use these cookies in order to enable certain functionality, including:
- being able to comment on our news posts;
- remember your details when you visit the forum and website.
Like many sites we use Google Analytics to estimate visitor traffic and sources, analyse which pages users are viewing and how long for, which links are followed. We then use this information to improve your browsing experience and provide content which is of interest.
Although we do not set any targeting or advertising cookies ourselves, we use services such as Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube to display content on our website. These third parties may set cookies in order to build a profile of websites you have previously visited in order to deliver relevant advertisements when you visit that particular third party website.
We have no control over the cookies that these third parties set, and we cannot access them because of the way in which cookies work. For more information on the cookies used by third parties on our website, please visit the relevant third party websites.
How can I manage cookies?
Cookies cannot be used to gather any personally identifiable information. However, some people may not wish for such items to be stored on their device.
You can restrict or block which cookies are set by our website through your browser settings. For more information on how to configure your browser to restrict or block cookies, please visit http://www.cookiepedia.co.uk.
If you wish to opt out of our Performance cookies, please visit this link: https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout.
Please note that if you decide to restrict all cookies you may not be able to access all or parts of this site.