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Cookie Policy

What are cookies?

This website deposits certain bits of information called  “cookies” in a visitor’s computer. A cookie is a small amount of  data, which often includes an anonymous unique identifier, which is sent to  your browser from a website’s computer and stored on your computer’s hard  drive. We use cookies to tell us how and when pages in a website are visited  and by how many people.

Cookie technology does not collect personal identifiable information;  the information collected is in an aggregate, non-identifiable form. The use of  cookies is an industry standard, and many major websites use them to provide  useful features for their customers.

Each website can send its own cookie to your browser if your browser’s  preferences allow it, but (to protect your privacy) your browser only permits a  website to access the cookies it has already sent to you, not the cookies sent  to you by other sites. You can configure your browser to accept all cookies,  reject all cookies, or notify you when a cookie is set.

What cookies are being stored from this  website?

This website stores the following cookies: Cookie Policy Test, Google  Analytics.

Cookie Policy Test

To comply with the Information Commissioners Office (ICO) Cookie Legislation, this website has implemented  a notification bar notifying the user of the use of cookies. To improve user  experience, cookies are used to determine if the notification bar should be  displayed.

tempCookieTest – 1 day from set This cookie is to determine if cookies have been enabled in the browser. If  this cookie is unable to be stored, this suggests the user has made the  decision to stop cookies so the notification bar is prevented from displaying.

cookiePolicyAccepted – 9 months from  set This cookie is stored to prevent the notification bar being displayed again  after the user has been notified of the use of cookies.

stopAllCookies – 3 months from  set   This cookie is to prevent any new cookies from being stored.

Google Analytics

This allows the website to track anonymous data of what, when and how pages are  accessed which is used to make enhancements to the website to improve user  experience.

__utma – 2 years from  set/update. This cookie is typically written to the browser upon the first visit to  your site from that web browser. If the cookie has been deleted by the browser  operator, and the browser subsequently visits your site, a new __utma cookie is  written with a different unique ID. This cookie is used to determine unique  visitors to your site and it is updated with each page view. Additionally, this  cookie is provided with a unique ID that Google Analytics uses to ensure both  the validity and accessibility of the cookie as an extra security measure.

__utmb – 30 minutes from  set/update. This cookie is used to establish and continue a user session with your  site. When a user views a page on your site, the Google Analytics code attempts  to update this cookie. If it does not find the cookie, a new one is written and  a new session is established. Each time a user visits a different page on your  site, this cookie is updated to expire in 30 minutes, thus continuing a single  session for as long as user activity continues within 30-minute intervals. This  cookie expires when a user pauses on a page on your site for longer than 30  minutes. You can modify the default length of a user session with the  _setSessionCookieTimeout() method.

__utmc – Not set.   This cookie is no longer used by the ga.js tracking code to determine session  status. Historically, this cookie operated in conjunction with the __utmb  cookie to determine whether or not to establish a new session for the user. For  backwards compatibility purposes with sites still using the urchin.js tracking  code, this cookie will continue to be written and will expire when the user  exits the browser. However, if you are debugging your site tracking and you use  the ga.js tracking code, you should not interpret the existence of this cookie  in relation to a new or expired session.

__utmz – 6 months from  set/update. This cookie stores the type of referral used by the visitor to reach  your site, whether via a direct method, a referring link, a website search, or  a campaign such as an ad or an email link. It is used to calculate search  engine traffic, ad campaigns and page navigation within your own site. The  cookie is updated with each page view to your site.

__utmv – 2 years from  set/update. The __utmv cookie passes the information provided via the _setVar() method, which you use to create a custom user segment. This string is then passed to the Analytics servers in the GIF request URL via the utmcc parameter. This cookie is only written if the  _setVar() method has been added for the tracking code on your website page.

For more information on Cookies stored by Google Analytics, please  visit: https://developers.google.com/analytics/resources/concepts/gaConceptsCookies

How do I stop Cookies from all websites being  stored on my computer?

The best way of blocking cookies is to make changes to your privacy  settings in your browser. Below are direct links with help and advice on how to  stop cookies for each of the main browsers.