What are cookies?
A cookie is a small text file which is placed onto your computer or electronic device when you access our website. Similar technologies include web beacons, action tags, local shared objects (‘flash cookies’) and single-pixel gifs. Such technologies can be used to track users’ actions and activities, and to store information about them.
While we may obtain information about your computer or any other electronic device which you use to access our website, such as your IP address, your browser and/or other internet log information, this information will not usually identify you personally.
For example, our cookies help to:
- Make our website work as you would expect
- Save you having to login every time you visit the site
- Remember your settings during and between visits
- Improve the speed/security of the site
- Collect any personally identifiable information (without your express permission)
- Pass data to advertising networks
- Pass personally identifiable data to third parties
What types of cookie are there?
There are also two types of cookie:
- Session cookies are temporary. They allow website operators to link the actions of a user during a browser session. A browser session starts when a user opens the browser window and finishes when they close the browser window. Once you close the browser, all session cookies are deleted.
- Persistent cookies remain on a user’s device for a set period of time specified in the cookie. They are activated each time that the user visits the website that created that particular cookie.
In general, cookies have four different functions and can be categorised as follows:
Strictly necessary cookies
These cookies are essential to navigate around a website and use its features. These cookies do not gather information about visitors that could be used for marketing or remembering where visitors have been on the internet.
These cookies collect information about how visitors use a web site, 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 although they may collect the IP address of the device used to access the site.
These cookies allow visitors to customise how a website looks for them, they can remember usernames and choices such language preferences and regions.
These cookies are used to deliver adverts more relevant to you and your interests. They are also used to limit the number of times you see an advertisement as well as help measure the effectiveness of the advertising campaign. 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. Quite often targeting or advertising cookies will be linked to site functionality provided by the other organisation.
First and third-party cookies
Whether a cookie is a first or third-party cookie depends on which website the cookie comes from. First party cookies are those set by or on behalf of the website visited. All other cookies are third party cookies.
Consent for cookies
Turning cookies off
Internet browsers normally accept cookies by default but most browsers allow users to turn off either all or third-party cookies. The option to do this is usually found in the options, settings or preferences menus of the browser or mobile device. However, please be aware that this may impair or limit your ability to use our website.
More information on changing the cookie settings on various browsers is here:
More information on opting-out of Google’s analytics cookies is here:
What cookies do we use?
The table below provides more information about the cookies we use and their purpose.
|Name of cookie||Provider||Purpose of the cookie||Duration|
Preserves user session state across page requests
Checks if the user’s browser supports cookies
|_ga||KENRIC||Registers a unique ID that is used to generate statistical data on how visitors use the website||Persistent
|_gid||KENRIC||Registers a unique ID that is used to generate statistical data on how visitors use the website||Session|
|_gat||KENRIC||Used by Google Analytics to throttle request rate||Session|
|collect||Google Analytics||Used to send data to Google Analytics the visitor’s device and behaviour||Session|
If you have any queries about this policy, please email our Website Administrator at: firstname.lastname@example.org