Updated 23 May, 2018
Cookies are files sent by web servers to web browsers. These files are stored by the web browsers, and the information is then sent back to the server each time the browser requests a page from the server. This enables a server to identify and track web browsers.
These files cannot be used to identify you personally, they are used to help us identify the number of visitors to our website (just a number) and how many visitors return, compiling anonymous, aggregated statistics that allow us to understand how visitors use our website and enable us to make improvements based on this data.
First Party Cookies
These are our own cookies, controlled by us and used to provide information about usage of our site. We use these to monitor how website visitors find and use our website. We report on this activity in aggregate, and use this information solely for the purposes of improving the functionality and monitoring the usage of our website.
1) Session ID (PHPSESSID)
We use these to keep track of your movement from page to page, so you don’t get asked for the same information that you have already given to our site. This cookie is mainly for our site login facility and the site’s interactive features via the user portal.
2) Google Analytics Cookies
__utma - These are used to determine unique visitors to our website. This cookie expires after 2 years.
__utmb – These are used to establish and continue a user session with our website. This cookie expires after 30 minutes.
__utmc – These are used to determine whether or not to establish a new session for a website visitor. This cookie expires when the visitor closes their browser.
__utmz – These are used to calculate search engine traffic, ad campaigns and page navigation within our website. This cookie expires after 6 months.
Third Party Cookies
These are cookies found in other companies’ internet tools which we are using to enhance our site, for example Facebook or Twitter have their own cookies, which are controlled by them. You would need to check these third party websites for more specific information. We do have control over whether or not we use these third-party services on our own website, and how these services are integrated and presented.
The third party sites that we use are:
Facebook Share for sharing our posts on Facebook
Tweetmeme for Tweeting our posts on Twitter
LinkedIn Share for sharing our posts on LinkedIn
We believe there is no reason for our website visitors to be concerned about the privacy implications of any of the cookies we use, but we do understand that you may need to be made aware of the intention and scope of data stored in the cookies, which are created or updated on your computer when you visit our website.
If you wish, you can delete these cookies from your computer between visits to our website by accessing the settings within your web browser. You can manage these small files yourself via your browser settings, and learn more about cookies by visiting http://www.aboutcookies.org/.