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When we provide services, we want to make them easy, 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. They cannot be used to identify you personally.

These pieces of information are used to improve services for you through, for example:

enabling a service to recognise your device so you don't have to give the same information several times during one taskrecognising that you may already have given a username and password so you don't need to do it for every web page requestedmeasuring how many people are using services, so they can be made easier to use and there's enough capacityanalysing anonymised data to help us understand how people interact with our service so we can make it better

If you'd like to learn how to remove cookies set on your device, visit: http://www.aboutcookies.org/Default.aspx?page=1

Cookies Set By This Website

Name: ASP.NET_SessionID
Typical content: randomly generated number
Expires: on exiting the browser

Name: CookieInfoShown
Typical content: Displayed=yes
Expires: 1 year
Records whether the cookie information box has been displayed.

Google Analytics sets cookies to help us accurately estimate the number of visitors to the website and volumes of usage.

Name: _utma
Typical content: randomly generated number
Expires: 2 years

Name: _utmb
Typical content: randomly generated number
Expires: 30 minutes

Name: _utmc
Typical content: randomly generated number
Expires: when user exits browser

Name: _utmz
Typical content: randomly generated number + info on how the site was reached (e.g. directly or via a link, organic search or paid search)
Expires: 6 months

You can find more information about the Google privacy policy here: http://www.google.com/intl/en_uk/policies/privacy/. To opt out of being tracked by Google Analytics across all websites visit http://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout.

Cookies Set By Third Parties

Disqus: We use the Disqus system to handle blog comments and moderation. The following cookies may be placed by Disqus.

Name: _qca
Typical content: randomly generated number
Expires: 5 years

Name: disqus_unique
Typical content: randomly generated number
Expires: 1 years

Name: _utma
Typical content: randomly generated number
Expires: 2 years

Name: _utmb
Typical content: randomly generated number
Expires: 30 minutes

Name: _utmc
Typical content: randomly generated number
Expires: when user exits browser

Name: _utmz
Typical content: randomly generated number + info on how the site was reached (e.g. directly or via a link, organic search or paid search)
Expires: 6 months

Disqus may also set some additional tracking cookies.

You can find more information about the Disqus terms and conditions here: http://docs.disqus.com/kb/terms-and-policies/.

Google Maps: when a Google map is embedded in a page the following cookies are set:

Name: PREF
Typical content: randomly generated number
Expires: 2 years

Name: NID
Typical content: randomly generated number
Expires: 6 months

You can find more information about the Google privacy policy here: http://www.google.com/intl/en_uk/policies/privacy/

Twitter: when a Twitter feed is embedded in a page the following cookies are set:

Name: k
Typical content: IP address and randomly generated number
Expires: 7 days

Name: guest_id
Typical content: randomly generated number
Expires: 2 years

You can find out more information about the Twitter privacy policy here: http://twitter.com/privacy

Youtube: when a Youtube video is embedded in a page the following cookies are set:

Name: VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE
Typical content: randomly generated number
Expires: 9 months

Name: PREF
Typical content: randomly generated number
Expires: 10 years

You can find more information about the Youtube privacy policy here: http://www.google.com/intl/en_uk/policies/privacy/

Cookies Set By Third Parties: Advertising

The advertisements that appear on this website are generated by third parties.

Some of these third parties generate their own cookies to track how many people have seen or responded to a particular advertisement. These cookies can not be used to identify an individual, they are often used to serve you customised advertisements.

There is a trade body that represents many advertising companies and you can get more information on opting out of their cookies at http://youronlinechoices.com

If you turn off third party cookies in your browser you will still receive advertisements, but they will not be customised for you.


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