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Cookie Policy

Cookie Policy

What are cookies and how are they used?

Cookies are small useful text files that are stored on your computer when you visit some websites. They are used to remember useful information that allows certain functionality to work, for example cookies can be used to remember if you're logged in or not. Cookies can't harm your computer, and are active for differing lengths of time; some are stored until you close your browser, while others may last for several weeks or more.

How does this website use cookies?

The website has a variety of useful features and tools, and to make best use of them your computer, tablet or mobile device will need to accept cookies. We can only provide you with certain features by using cookies. If you have chosen to disable cookies you will still be able to browse the website and read content but some functions may be unavailable. We have partnerships with organisations that may also set cookies as you use this website.

The website uses cookies in a number of ways:

Strictly necessary cookies

These cookies are essential in order to enable you to move around the website and use its features, such as accessing secure areas of the website. Without these cookies, services you have asked for cannot be provided.

Analytical/Performance cookies

These cookies collect information about how visitors use our 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 you. All information these cookies collect is aggregated and therefore anonymous. It is only used to improve how our website works.

Functionality cookies

These cookies allow our website to remember choices you have made (such as your user name, or the region you are in) and provide enhanced, more personal features, for instance, they may be used to provide services such as watching a video, commenting on a blog or adding product reviews. The information these cookies collect may be anonymised and they cannot track your browsing activity on other websites.

Recommended marketing cookies

These cookies are used to deliver adverts more relevant to you and your interests. They are also used to limit the number of times you see an advertisement and measure the effectiveness of the campaign. They remember that you have visited a website and this information is shared with other organisations such as advertisers. They're also used to enable tools like price-comparison sites to work.

What cookies are used on this website?

Below is a list of the cookies that may be stored on your computer when visiting this website. From time to time we may make changes to this list as we introduce or remove functionality from our website.

Name of Cookie(s) Function/description
PHPSESSID This cookie stores the preferred settings of the user in order to be able to make them available immediately when the user visits the site again. This can include the language settings or another preference. It also serves to facilitate the completion of forms.
SESSION_COOKIEACCEPT This cookie checks whether the user’s browser accepts cookies.
text_resize This cookie is used to resize the text on the article page.
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_gid
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These cookies are set by Google Analytics, and they help analyse visitor information such as browser usage and new visitor numbers. This helps us to improve our website. Further details can be found on Google Analytics website.

How do I change my cookie settings?

By default, cookies should be enabled on your computer or device. If not, your experience on this website will be limited to browsing, viewing and searching for articles. If you would prefer to restrict, block or delete cookies from the website or any other website, you can use your internet browser to do this. Each browser is different, so check the "help" menu on your browser to learn how to change your cookies preferences, or visit www.allaboutcookies.org/manage-cookies.

Further information about cookies

To find out more about cookies, how they work and how to manage them, visit www.allaboutcookies.org.