A cookie is a small text file that's sent to your computer when you visit a website. When you visit the website again, the cookie allows that site to know that you've visited it before and in some cases tailors what pops up on screen to take account of that fact. They do not hold any personal information and we cannot use them to find out who you are.
A cookie typically contains the name of the website it's from, the lifespan of the cookie and a value. The value is usually a unique code that will only make sense to the website that has issued it.
Cookies remember things like your colour scheme preferences, what's in your shopping cart or that you've already logged in so you don't need to do it for every page you visit on a website. They are also used to measure how people use websites.
Here are some examples of the cookies on our website:
- When you are filling in a form, if you select back to view what you've already typed the information will still be there.
- Measuring how and how many people are using our web services.
- Our pop up survey which asks you what you thought of your experience today.
The files below tell you what cookies are on our website and websites delivered on our behalf. The files will be updated when web services change or are added.
Controlling and deleting cookies
You can set your web browser to accept or reject cookies, or tell you when a cookie is being sent. You can also delete cookies from your computer. Please be aware that some websites may not work properly with the cookie option turned off.
The AboutCookies.org website tells you how to control and delete cookies on most browsers.