On May 26th 2011, a new EU directive and UK Law came into practice regarding cookies.
What is a cookie?
In simple terms, cookies are little bits of code on website that allow the site to remember details about you. They can be used when you login to something, when you use a shopping basket feature on a shop website, when you use a ‘share’ widget for Twitter/Facebook etc., and other things. For a better idea of how cookies work, take a look at www.allaboutcookies.org.
What do I need to do?
Following the 2011 legislation, the Information Commissioner's Office (www.ico.gov.uk) re-evaluated the situation in 2013 and have conceded that following the raised awareness of cookies, implied consent is now sufficient. Therefore, you do not need to take any action to continue using the site as normal - using the site implies acceptance of cookies, as detailed below, with the ability to opt out.
Which cookies am I opting into on this site?
Below is a list of cookies which we use – some are ours, and some are from third parties. Each company using cookies has a security policy linked, so you can find out how they use information from cookies.
Google Analytics - This is something which allows us to keep track of who visits websites. This information lets us know how well a certain website is performing, but doesn’t give us any personal information. If you don’t want any sites to track your visit using Google Analytics, you can opt out by visiting https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout . However, if you choose to do this, it will affect all websites using Google Analytics.
ASP session cookies - These cookies are on nearly all of our websites – we use them to help make your visit to the site faster and smoother. By using cookies, we can remember if you’ve visited the site before and any options you chose the first time.