Cookie Policy

What are Cookies?

A cookie is a small text file which is placed on your computer's hard drive, with your permision.  A cookie can serve many beneficial purposes, such as logging visited pages on a site, or memorising items you had in your shopping cart.  The most common types of cookies are authentication cookies which allow us to find out whether a user is logged into a website or not.

A cookie cannot contain viruses nor install malware or spyware on your computer.  A cookie does not give us access to your computer or any details about you, other than data that you have entered yourself.

Why do we use Cookies?

To make your experience more hassle free.  Cookies help us to analyse web traffic, maintain upright and accurate site activity, and let us know which parts of our website perform the best and are most used.  This helps us to tailor our website to our viewer's requirements and needs.

You may change your browser settings to stop the use of cookies.  However, this may mean that you can't enjoy our website to its full potential, and your browsing experience could decline.

What Cookies do we use?

Below we show you the cookies that are currently deployed on our website, how they are used, and how long they are stored for.

Cookie Name: Purpose of the cookie: How long the cookie is stored for:
PHPSESSID This is a built-in cookie that has been included to enable building of our website. Deleted after an extended period of inactivity, or when browser is closed.
_ga Used to distinguish users. 1 Year from set/update
_gat Used to throttle request rate. 1 Year from set/update
__utmt This cookie indicates the type of request, which is one of: event, transaction, item, or custom variable. 10 Minutes
__utma This is a Google Anaytics cookie which identifies when a visitor has browsed the site, when their first and last visits were, and the numberof times they've visited. 2 Years
__utmb This is a Google Anaytics cookie which us the exact moment in time in which a visitor enters the site. 30 Minutes
__utmc This is a Google Anaytics cookie which gives us the exact moment in time in which a visitor leaves the site. Deleted after a short time or when you close your browser.
__utmz This is a Google Anaytics cookie which identifies how the site was searched; what search engine was used, what link/s were clicked on, and what keywords were used for searching. It also tracks where the visitor came from and whereabouts in the world the site was accessed from. 6 Months
__utmv Used to store visitor-level custom variable data. This cookie is created when a developer uses the _setCustomVar method with a visitor level custom variable. This cookie was also used for the deprecated _setVar method. The cookie is updated every time data is sent to Google Analytics.
2 years from set/update


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