Cookies

To make this website easier to use, we sometimes place small text files on your device (for example your iPad or laptop) called cookies. Most big websites do this too.

They improve things by:

  • Remembering the things you’ve chosen while on our website, so you don’t have to keep re-entering them whenever you visit a new page
  • Remembering data you’ve given (for example, your address) so you don’t need to keep entering it
  • Measuring how you use the website so we can make sure it meets your needs.

By using our website, you agree that we can place these types of cookies on your device. 

We don’t use cookies on this website that collect information about what other websites you visit (often referred to as privacy intrusive cookies).

Our cookies aren’t used to identify you personally. They’re just here to make the site work better for you. You can manage and/or delete these files as you wish.

How you use this website (something called Google Analytics)

We use Google Analytics to collect information about how people use this site. We do this to make sure it’s meeting peoples’ needs and to understand how we can make the website work better.  

Google Analytics stores information about what pages on this site you visit, how long you are on the site, how you got here and what you click on while you are here.

We do not collect or store any other personal information (e.g. your name or address) so this data cannot be used to identify who you are.

Name

Typical content

Expires

_utma

randomly generated number

36 months

_utmb

randomly generated number

30 minutes

_utmc

randomly generated number

When you close your browser

_utmx

randomly generated number

36 months

_utmxx

randomly generated number

36 months

_utmz

randomly generated number and data on how the site was reached (e.g. direct or via a link, organic search or paid search)

36 months

You can opt out of being tracked by Google Analytics at anytime.

We also collect data on the number of times a word is searched for and the number of failed searches. We use this information to improve access to the site and identify gaps in the content and see if it is something we should add to the site.

Unless the law allows us to, we do not:

  • Share any of the data we collect about you with others, or
  • Use this data to identify individuals

How can I control my cookies?

Browser controls

You can use your web browser to:

  • Delete all cookies
  • Block all cookies
  • Allow all cookies
  • Block third-party cookies
  • Clear all cookies when you close the browser
  • Open a private browsing/incognito session, which allows you to browse the internet without storing local data
  • Install add-ons and plug-ins to extend browser functionality.

Where to find information about controlling cookies

You can stop cookies being downloaded on to your computer or other device by selecting the appropriate settings on your browser. If you do this, you may not be able to use the full functionality of our website.

Other people’s cookies

We use videos from YouTube and feeds from other websites such as Facebook and Twitter. These websites place cookies on your device when watching or viewing these pages.

Below are links to their cookie policies:

There is more information about how to delete or stop using cookies on AboutCookies.org.