Cookies are small text files that are downloaded to your computer when you visit a website. In general terms they are used by many website operators for benign purposes to help the user enjoy the content of the website and gain access to password protected areas. They can also be used to remember your preferences for accessing and viewing the website. They are also often used to collect data about your visit, such as which pages of the website you visited and for how long.
For more detailed information about cookies, we suggest you visit www.allaboutcookies.org.
To help you understand more about the cookies we use, we have grouped them by function to help explain what they do:
You would need to accept certain types of cookies if you wanted to access confidential information published behind a security gate that required you to provide a recognised username and password. Without these 'session' cookies, the website's operating system would not be able to constantly test to ensure a secure and private link is maintained over the course of your visit to that site. A good example would be the very sophisticated cookies that come into play every time you access your online bank account.
This website makes very limited use of this kind of session cookie to allow certain areas of the website to function as intended. They do not collect or use any personal information when applied.
These cookies collect information about how visitors use a website, for instance which pages visitors go to most often, and if they get error messages from web pages. These cookies don't collect information that identifies a visitor. All information these cookies collect is aggregated and therefore anonymous. It is only used to improve how a website works.
We currently make use of a standard Google cookie that collects aggregate data about what pages are viewed and for how long, but it does not collect any personal information about individual visitors that would allow us to identify you. We have no other cookies of this type in use on this website.
These cookies allow a website to store and recall the personal choices you make in the way you interact and view different parts of that website. For instance, a website may be able to provide you with local weather reports or traffic news by storing in a cookie the region in which you are currently located. These cookies can also be used to remember changes you have made to text size, fonts and configure certain default preferences for viewing data.
Blocking such cookies would not necessarily be expected to degrade the performance of a website. It just means you forego the convenience of a site 'remembering' your preferences.
Please note that at this present time we do not make use of such cookies on this website.
Let us first start by confirming that this website does not deploy any cookie of this type.
Although targeting cookies arguably may have a legitimate place in the scheme of things, their widespread misuse has led to the introduction of the legislation that now requires website operators to make disclosures like this one.
The legitimate use of targeting cookies includes providing a visitor with the option to knowingly interact with the website's software and provide personal information that can be stored and applied logically to automatically present information in the future that more closely matches the visitor's areas of interest. These cookies seek to augment and enhance to visitor's experience and should not in any way restrict access to other information available.
The more questionable and unethical use of targeting cookies is when they deliberately channel you down a pathway designed to elicit some kind of reaction from you by restricting the available information you can access.
You can safely assume that the default configuration of a new installation of any of the popular web browsers will not protect your privacy as much as it could, and arguably should.
You should refer to your web browser's user guides to review and change the security and privacy settings to suit the way you use the Internet.
The more settings you change to protect your privacy and security may well degrade your Internet experience by a small margin, but it is a small price to pay if it means you are less likely to be unknowingly broadcasting your confidential information to the Internet world at large.
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