What are cookies and why are they important for user experience?
Cookies are files that contain small pieces of data, that are exchanged between a user's computer and a web server to identify specific users and improve their browsing experience. Cookies are useful because they allow a website to recognise a user’s device. Cookies do lots of different and useful jobs, such as letting you navigate between pages efficiently, remembering your preferences.
Cookies can also be used to establish anonymised statistics about the browsing experience on the website.
First party cookies are cookies set by the website you are visiting. Only that website can read them. In addition, a website might potentially use external services, which also set their own cookies, known as third-party cookies.
What type of cookies do we use?
Strictly necessary cookies help make a website usable by enabling basic functions like page navigation and access to secure areas of the website. The website cannot function properly without these cookies.
Preference cookies enable a website to remember information that changes the way the website behaves or looks, like your preferred language or the region that you are in.
Statistics cookies help website owners to understand how visitors interact with websites by collecting and reporting information anonymously.
Some of our pages display content from external providers, which set cookies on our sites. These are the following companies:
- You Tube
- Google Maps
- Google Analytics
How can you manage your cookie settings?
The ‘Help’ menu in the toolbar of most web browsers will offer guidance on how to change your browser cookie settings. For more information about cookies and instructions on how to adjust your browser settings, please see the https://www.allaboutcookies.org/