A cookie is a simple text file that is stored on your computer or mobile device by a website’s server. Only that server will be able to retrieve or read the contents of that cookie.
Each cookie is unique to your web browser. It will contain some anonymous information such as a unique identifier, the site name and some numbers. It allows a website to remember things like your preferences.
Cookies may be set by the website you are visiting (these are known as ‘first party cookies’) or they may be set by other websites who run content on the page you are viewing (‘third party cookies’).
By using our website, you consent to the use and storage of cookies on your device. You can view our website without cookies, but the services available to you will be reduced as a result.
You can prevent cookies from being saved on your end device by setting your browser to not accept cookies. Please note that most browsers accept cookies as a default setting.
In addition, you can delete cookies stored on your end device at any time. Instructions for how to do this can be found in the manual for your browser or end device.
Third Party Cookies
Our website uses the following third party cookies to integrate external services necessary to improve the enjoyment of the site and to increase the functionality expected by users
|__utma||This cookie is used by Google Analytics to distinguish users and sessions. The cookie updates each time data is sent to Google Analytics.||2 years||Performance and Functionality|
|__utmb||This cookie is used by Google Analytics to distinguish new sessions and visits. The cookie updates each time data is sent to Google Analytics.||30 minutes||Performance and Functionality|
|__utmc||This cookie is used by Google Analytics to determine new visitors.||End of session||Performance and Functionality|
|__utmz||This cookie is used by Google Analytics to store the traffic source or campaign which leads to the user’s visit.||6 months||Performance and Functionality|
|_ga||This cookie is used by Google Analytics to evaluate the purpose of a user’s visit, compiling reports on website activity for website operators and improvement of the customer experience.||2 years||Performance and Functionality|
|act, c_user, csm, datr, fr, lu, p, presence, s, xs||Used by Facebook for their site. These cookies are set if you are logged on to Facebook.||Varied||Performance and Functionality|
|Google Maps||The embedded Google Map on our site sets 3 cookies known as NID and PREF. These cookies allow Google Maps to remember which browser you are using and what preferences you have set when you view maps.|
|NID||Settings for the map usage||6 months||Performance and Functionality|
|PREF||Settings for the map usage||2 years||Performance and Functionality|
Cookies can be categorized in several ways:
Strictly Necessary: These cookies are essential to ensure that the user can navigate and use special features of the site, such as accessing secured areas of a page. Without them, essential parts of the website cannot be used.
Performance and Functionality: These cookies allow the website to save user preferences, such as language settings, giving the user an improved, more personal experience. These cookies collect data about user behavior. All data is collected anonymously, and functionality cookies cannot track the user’s activities on other websites.
This information is used to compile reports to improve the website. Functionality cookies may also include those which provide a service requested by the user.
Targeting and Advertising: These cookies are used to display ads that are relevant to the user and their interests. These cookies can also be used to measure the effectiveness of an advertising campaign, which the user interacted with during while visiting particular web pages, and allow for communication with potential advertisers.
How to modify settings on the cookie
Most browsers allow to clear cookie from your computer hard drive, block acceptance of cookie or receive a warning before a cookie is stored.
Therefore, to remove cookie we encourage you to follow the instructions on the pages of the various browsers:
- Chrome: https://support.google.com/chrome/answer/95647?hl=en
- Firefox: https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/enable-and-disable-cookies-website-preferences
- Internet Explorer 9: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows7/how-to-manage-cookies-in-internet-explorer-9
- Safari: https://support.apple.com/en-us/ht201265