By the end of May 2012 ALL UK websites must offer a way for their users to opt out of Cookies that store information about your browsing habits and personal data. This includes sites that use services such as Google Analytics, AddThis (a common social media sharing tool) and even Facebook functionality including like and share buttons.
What Are Cookies & How do We Use that Information?
Cookies are a small text file used by almost all websites that store information on your computer. They allow that website to recognise your computer next time you visit and help store things like preferences and the contents of your shopping cart.
The International Chamber of Commerce guide for cookie categories:
1. Strictly Necessary
‘Strictly Necessary’ cookies let you move around the website and use essential features like secure areas.
These cookies don’t gather any information about you that could be used for marketing or remembering where you’ve been on the internet.
We do NOT use them to gather information that could be used to advertise products or services to you and they are destroyed when your browsing session ends.
This Website uses 1 of these in our site:
X-Mapping-kjicghkc – The X-Mapping cookie is sent by the server to keep the user’s browser sessions intact as we load balance and use a clustered array of servers. If a user reloads a page they could be served the content from another server entirely but this cookie tracks the user to the same server.
Accepting these cookies is a condition of using the website, so if you prevent these cookies we can’t guarantee your security or predict how our website will perform during your visit.
‘Performance’ cookies collect information about how you use our website e.g. which pages you visit, and if you experience any errors.
These cookies do not collect any information that could identify you – all the information collected is anonymous and is only used to help us improve how our website works.
These cookies are NOT currently used on the this site.
‘Functionality’ cookies are used to provide services or to remember settings to improve your visit.
These cookies are not used to harvest personal information and are just to store settings e.g. colour, text size preferences.
Please note if you are logging on from a different computer or device you will be prompted to set these again as Cookies are device specific.
Targeting’ cookies are linked to services provided by third parties, such as ‘Like’ buttons and ‘Share’ buttons. The third party provides these services in return for recognising that you have visited our website.
We do NOT use these cookies on this site