What are Cookies?

A cookie is a small file, typically of letters and numbers, downloaded on to a device when the user accesses certain websites. Cookies allow a website to recognise a user’s device.

Why do we need these rules?

The law in this area is essentially designed to protect the privacy of internet users – even where the information being collected about them is not directly personally identifiable. The changes to the Directive in 2009 were prompted in part by concerns about online tracking of individuals and the use of spyware. The rules are not designed to restrict the use of particular technologies but rather they are intended to prevent information being stored on people’s computers and used to recognise them via the device they are using, without their knowledge and agreement.

The rules require websites that use cookies to first gain the user’s consent.

What Cookies are you using on your site?

Business Critical Cookies

These cookies allow you to count visits and traffic sources so you can measure and improve the performance of your site. They help you to know which pages are the most and least popular and see how visitors move around the site. All information these cookies collect is aggregated and therefore anonymous. If you do not allow these cookies you will not know when a visitor has come to the site, and will not be able to monitor its performance. We use the Google Analytics service for this purpose.

Cookies used: __utma, __utmb, __utmv, __utmz

Essential Cookies

These cookies are necessary for the website to function and cannot be switched off in our systems. They are usually only set in response to actions made by visitors which amount to a request for services, such as logging in or filling in forms. Visitors can set their browser to block or alert them about these cookies, but some parts of the site will not then work. These cookies do not store any personally identifiable information.

Cookies used: PHPSESSID

Third Party Cookies

These cookies are used by tools or functions supplied by third parties that are embedded on your website. Your site uses Add This to share content and when you use one of the share buttons a cookie is set. You also use Vimeo for your video content. Vimeo sets its own Google Analytics cookies when a visitor views one of your videos.

Cookies used: _atuvc; _utma; _utmb; _utmz

Cookie Name Cookie Expiry What it does
2 years
30 minutes
6 months
Created by Google Analytics to track various aspects of your visit. For more information please visit this page by Google.
_atuvc 2 years Used by “Add This” Social sharing tool.
PHPSESSID Session* Created by our servers to manage your session on our website.

* These cookies will expire when you close your browser.