What is a cookie?
A “cookie” is a text file containing small amounts of information which is stored on your computer, tablet or mobile (device) when you visit a website.
There are different types of cookies which are used to do different things, such as letting you navigate from page to page on a website efficiently, remembering preferences you have given a website, and improving your overall experience. Others are used to measure the number of site visits and the most popular pages visited, and may be used to provide you with advertising which is more tailored to your interests.
Some cookies are placed on your computer only for the duration of your visit to a website and these are called “session” cookies. These automaticaly expire when you close down your browser. There is another type of cookie known as “persistent”. These cookies remain on your device for a period of time.
Please note that cookies can’t harm your computer. We don’t store personally identifiable information in cookies we create, but we do use encrypted information gathered from them to help improve your experience of this website.
We’re giving you this information as part of our initiative to comply with recent legislation, and so that you can manage cookies as required.
If you would like more information on cookies please visit: www.allaboutcookies.org/cookies/
The cookies we use cannot be used to identify you personally.
These pieces of information that we gather are used in the following ways:
- some pages on this site may also contain content embedded from, for example Vimeo, which sets its own cookies to track traffic to that particular video.
Types of Cookies
First Party Cookies
First party cookies are set by the website, you are visiting and they can only be read by that site.
Third Party Cookies
Third party cookies are set by a different organisation to the owner of the website you are visiting. For example, the website might use a third party analytics company who will set their own cookie to perform this service. The website you are visiting may also contain content embedded from, for example YouTube, Vimeo or Flickr, and these sites may set their own cookies. We do not controlhow these cookies are used and you should check the relevant third party’s website for more information.
Session Cookies are stored only temporarily during a browsing session and are deleted from the userâ€™s device when the browser is closed.
This type of cookie is saved on your computer for a fixed period and is not deleted when the browser is closed. Persistent cookies are used where we need to know who you are for more than one browsing session.
How do I control how my browser interprets cookies?
All recent versions of browsers allow you to control how cookies are stored on your device. You can set your browser to accept or reject all cookies, or only accept certain types of cookies. Please note that some of the cookies necessary to enable you to move about the site, and if you disable them you may not be able to visit certain areas of the site or access certain content. For more information on how to control cookies please visit: www.allaboutcookies.org/manage-cookies/
Cookies Used By Us
- to ensure the website works correctly,
- to remember any preferences you may have given the website, and
- to collect anonymous data which allows us to see how people arrive at our website and which content is viewed.
Below is a list of the main cookies used by us and what each is used for:
|Cookie Name||Expiration Time||Description|
|_ga||2 years||Used to distinguish visitors to site|
|_gid||24 hours||Used to distinguish visitors to site|
|_gat||10 minutes||Used to throttle request rate|
|__utmt||10 minutes||Used to throttle request rate.|
|_ _ utmc||End of browser session||Not used in ga.js. Set for interoperability with urchin.js. Historically, this cookie operated in conjunction with the __utmb cookie to determine whether the user was in a new session/visit.|
The following cookies are used specifically on this site;
|Cookie Name||Expiration Time||Description|
|euCookie||6 Months||Records if you have clicked in the Cookie Notification and therefore does not display notification for 6 months.|
|PHPSESSID||SESSION||The PHPSESSID cookie is native to PHP and enables websites to store serialised state data. On the Action website it is used to establish a user session and to pass state data via a temporary cookie, which is commonly referred to as a session cookie. As the PHPSESSID cookie has no timed expiry, it disappears when the client is closed.|
|wordpress_test_cookie||SESSION||This is a test cookie, to see if cookies are enabled.|