What is a cookie?
A cookie is a small file which asks permission to be placed on your computer’s hard drive. Once you agree, the file is added and the cookie helps analyse web traffic or lets you know when you visit a particular site. Cookies allow web applications to respond to you as an individual. The web application can tailor its operations to your needs, likes and dislikes by gathering and remembering information about your preferences. To protect your privacy your browser only permits a website to access the cookies it has already sent to you, not the cookies sent to you by other websites. Many websites do this whenever a user visits their website in order to track online traffic flows. Overall, cookies help provide a better online experience, by enabling the monitoring of pages which you find useful and which you do not. A cookie in no way gives access to your computer or any information about you, other than the data you choose to share.
Links to other Websites
In our Hot Links section when you click on one of them, you will be sent through to their website. That Organisation may then record information about your online preferences and utilise cookies to track this. However, once you have used these links to leave our site, you should note that we do not have any control over that other website. Therefore, we cannot be responsible for the protection and privacy of any information which you provide whilst visiting such sites and such sites are not governed by this privacy statement. You should exercise caution and look at the privacy statement applicable to the website in question.
What you can do
You can choose to accept or decline cookies. Most web browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can usually modify your browser setting to decline cookies if you prefer. This may prevent you from taking full advantage of the website, however. Each browser is different, so check the “Help” menu of your browser to learn how to change your cookie preferences.
Other Points to note:
- Whenever you are asked to fill in a form on the website, look for the box that you can click to indicate that you do not want the information to be used by anybody for direct marketing purposes.
- Websites should never sell, distribute or lease any of the information you provide for direct marketing or promotion, or pass your details on to third parties unless they have your permission or are required by law to do so.
- If you have previously agreed to a website using your personal information for direct marketing purposes, you may change your mind at any time by contacting them on the contact details they provide.
How to control and delete cookies
If you wish to restrict or block the cookies which are set by other websites you can do this through your browser settings. The Help function within your browser should tell you how. Alternatively, you may wish to visit www.aboutcookies.org which contains comprehensive information on how to do this on a wide variety of browsers. You will also find details on how to delete cookies from your computer as well as more general information about cookies. For information on how to do this on the browser of your mobile phone you will need to refer to your handset manual.
Please be aware that restricting cookies may impact on the functionality of websites.