Last updated: 14 May 2018
Today, cookies aren’t just something you eat! We’re not sure why the word ‘cookies’ was chosen, but you’ll find them on the vast, vast majority of websites (including our own), and they are small text files that are stored by the browser (for example, Internet Explorer or Safari) on your computer or mobile phone. They allow websites to store things like user preferences. You can think of cookies as providing a ‘memory’ for the website, so that it can recognise you when you come back and respond appropriately. We won’t try to blind you with the science!
The cookies on our site come in two forms – firstly the usual ‘first-party cookies’ which are used for controlling the site itself. They’re issued by the same domain that our site is on and are required for the running of most websites, and are not considered a particular privacy issue. In fact, they’re essential for the running of the website! The second type are the ‘third-party cookies’ which are issued from other domains, and are often used for tracking by ad networks. However, you can block these third-party cookies without affecting the functioning of our site. However, many of these cookies (such as those from google ad words) are in fact anonymous analytics cookies, which tell us whether or not you have visited the site before, allowing us to track how many individual users we have, and how often they visit the site. They're used to gather statistics, for example to see how many visits a particular page gets, but we cannot use these cookies to identify individuals. Please note that anonymised data (such as collected from anonymous analytics cookies) is not personal data.
How can I turn off cookies?
Here’s some handy links to help you:
If you are primarily concerned about third party cookies generated by advertisers, you can turn these off by going to the Your Online Choices site.
You can also visit the trade body representing these advertising platforms for more information: Network Advertising Initative.
They have provided a site where you can control all third-party online advertising. Please note that there are many more networks listed on this site than those that we use.
By continuing to use our site, you agree to the placement of cookies on your device. If you choose not to receive our cookies, we cannot guarantee that your experience will be as fulfilling as it would otherwise be.