When we provide services, we want to make them easy to use, useful and reliable. Where services are delivered on the internet, this sometimes involves placing small amounts of information on your device, for example, computer or mobile phone. These include small files known as cookies.

These pieces of information are used to improve services for you through, for example, measuring how many people are using our website via Google Analytics, so the website can be made easier to use, and more suited to your needs.

You can manage these small files yourself.  You can find out how to do this, and learn more about Cookies in general here.

Our use of cookies

Our website uses cookies. The cookies we use are ‘1st party’ cookies.  We don’t use any ’3rd party’ cookies (these are often used to track behaviour across a range of websites, so targeted advertising can then be applied. We don’t do this!!). The following list outlines exactly what cookies this website uses, and what they are used for:

Google Analytics:

Google Analytics sets cookies to help us accurately estimate the number of visitors to the website and what content is most popular. This helps to ensure that our website is responding to your needs in the best way possible.  Google Analytics sets the following cookies:

  • __utma (Expiry: 2 years)
  • __utmb (Expiry: 30 minutes)
  • __utmc (Expiry: At end of session)
  • __utmz (Expiry: 6 months)

WordPress Comments:

When you leave a comment on our blog, three cookies are set to store your name, email address and website.  This is so that if you wish to leave another comment, you won’t have to re-type this information:

  • comment_author_0fa3d9c0e1da197ea40e1b54309fd474 (Expiry: A little under 1 year)
  • comment_author_email_0fa3d9c0e1da197ea40e1b54309fd474 (Expiry: A little under 1 year)
  • comment_author_url_0fa3d9c0e1da197ea40e1b54309fd474 (Expiry: A little under 1 year)

Social Media:

We use ShareThis to allow you to share our blog content via your chosen Social Media platforms.  We also have a Google+ ‘Follow’ button on our website, to allow you to follow us on Google+.  Both these services may set their own cookies; please refer to the ShareThis and Google+ privacy policies for more details.

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