Cookies and how we use them
What is a cookie?
A cookie is a small file placed on your computer’s hard drive. It enables our website to identify your computer as you view different pages on our website.
Cookies allow websites and applications to store your preferences so they can present content, options or functions specific to you. They also give us information, such as how many people use the website and what pages they tend to visit.
- Analyse our web traffic using an analytics package – aggregated usage data helps us improve the website structure, design, content and functions.
- Identify whether you are signed into our website – a cookie allows us to check whether you are signed into the site.
- Test content on our website – for example, 50% of our users might see one piece of content, the other 50% a different piece.
- Store information about your preferences – the website can then present information you will find more relevant and interesting.
- To recognise when you return to our website – we may show you relevant content, or provide the functionality you have used previously.
Cookies do not provide us with access to your computer or any information about you, other than that which you choose to share with us.