What are cookies?
Cookies are small files that get put on your computer by websites as you surf them. These cookies can store lots of information which can have privacy implications. We like to think all the cookies used on this site are fairly innocuous but that’s for you to judge. We also make use of temporary session cookies to determine if you have logged into the password protected areas of our website. These only exist while your web browser is open and are cleared as soon as you close the window.
Anonymous tracking software
We use Google Analytics (like many other websites these days) a service provided by Google. They gather anonymous data on how people are using this site and then provide us with visitor statistics, details of page views etc. If you are anti-Google you can opt-out of being tracked by Google Analytics at http://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout (ideally, we’d prefer that you didn’t do this, however, as the data that is collected proves extremely useful and assists us to improve our website).
Third party website widgets
We also embed some page elements from trusted third parties so that we can provide you with features like Interactive Maps, Like Buttons and Videos. Collectively they make our website more interesting to you as a site visitor however most of these come with their own cookies. They are :
- Google (Maps + Plus)
Since we do not control these cookies we cannot guarantee what they do but we are confident that they value your privacy just as much as we do and, moreover, that they fall inline with current legislation regarding privacy. In many cases the cookies are used to generate identical information to Google Analytics (as above) and indeed use Google Analytics, so opting-out of Google Analytics will also opt you out of these cookies too.
How do I opt out?
- You can opt out of Google analytics and other Google services here –http://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout and https://www.google.com/dashboard/
- You can control how Facebook tracks your behaviour online here –https://www.facebook.com/settings/?tab=privacyÂ§ion=applications&field=instant_personalization
- You can control how Twitter handles your personal information here –https://twitter.com/privacy
- You can opt out of ShareThis tracking here –http://www.sharethis.com/privacy
And finally, we though that this link may prove useful as it clearly demonstrates how to remove cookies after a browsing session –