What is a cookie?
A cookie is a small text file containing data that is typically stored on the hard drive of your computer or on mobile device once you visit a website. Cookies vary in their duration, some are stored indefinitely and others for shorter times. Cookies can be created both by the site you are visiting – ‘first party’ cookies, and by other sites that interact with the one you are visiting – ‘third party’ cookies.
They help us to improve our websites and to deliver a better and more personalised service. They enable us to:
- estimate our audience size and usage pattern;
- store information about your preferences, and so allow us to customise our websites according to your individual interests;
- speed up your searches;
- recognise you when you return to any of our websites.
Types of cookies
Cookies can perform different roles on a website:- Strictly necessary cookies
This type of cookie allows us to recognise and count the number of visitors and to see how visitors move around our website when they are using it. This helps us to improve the way our website works, for example, by ensuring that users are finding what they are looking for easily.- Targeting cookies
These cookies record your visit to our website, the pages you have visited and the links you have followed. We will use this information to make our website more relevant to your interests. We may also share this information with third parties for this purpose.
Managing your Cookies
Blocking or Deleting cookies
Most browsers allow you to refuse to accept cookies or delete them. The controls to do this are typically located in the Settings, Advanced Settings, or Options sections of your Internet browser.
Blocking all cookies or deleting them will have a negative impact upon the usability of many websites.