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1. Cookies Policy

1.1 Like many other websites, our website uses cookies. One of the reasons we use cookies is to help us review how customers use our site and the success of our marketing campaigns. This means we can make informed decisions about improvements to the site and get a good understanding of the kind of content our customers like to access.

1.2 Cookies are small text files placed on your computer when you visit our site. While they allow us to see patterns in customer behaviour, they do not allow us to identify you specifically.

1.3 When you visit our site, you will be briefly informed of what cookies are and how you can manage them. You will also be made aware that if you continue to use the site you are agreeing to the use of cookies. If you choose to disable the cookies, the majority of the site will work as normal. However without information on how people use our site, it is harder for us to make improvements and tailor our service to your needs.

2. The Cookies That We Use

2.1 Session Cookies
These cookies are essential for the website to function and will be set regardless of whether you allow other cookies. These cookies are not stored on your computer and will be deleted when you close your web browser.

Cookie description : Session Cookie*

Purpose: Used to anonymously identify the site visitor during a session to enable application session state. This cookie is not linked to user data or used for tracking purposes.

Linked to individual user data? No

First or third party: First party

* These cookies are essential for the website to function and will be set regardless of whether you allow us to place other cookies.

2.2 Functionality Cookies
The functionality cookies that we use allow us to monitor patterns of traffic on our website, accurately measure the success of our marketing campaigns and allow you to interact with social media while on our site. These cookies are stored on your computer and will expire after a set period of time.

Cookie description : Google Analytics

Purpose: Collect anonymous information about how visitors use our website. Allows us to identify trends, popular types of content and make informed decisions on how to improve the site. It is not linked to any data that allows us to identify users individually.

Linked to individual user data? No

First or third party: Third party

3. We use WordPress to host our website. If you are a “user” or “commenter”, WordPress uses cookies, to verify who you are. There are cookies for logged in users and for commenters.

3.1 Users
Users are those people who have registered an account with our website.
When you log into our website, WordPress stores the following two cookies:

  • Your user name
  • A double-hashed copy of your password

The cookies are set to expire two weeks from the time they are set.
The actual cookies contain hashed data, so you don’t have to worry about someone gleaning your username and password by reading the cookie data. A hash is the result of a specific mathematical formula applied to some input data (in this case your user name and password, respectively).

3.2 Commenters
When visitors comment on your blog, they too get cookies stored on their computer. This is purely a convenience, so that the visitor won’t need to re-type all their information again when they want to leave another comment. Three cookies are set for commenters:

  • comment_author_{HASH}
  • comment_author_email_{HASH}
  • comment_author_url_{HASH}

The commenter cookies are set to expire a little under one year from the time they are set.

3.3 How To Delete Cookies
If you don’t want us to use cookies when you use our website, you can adjust your internet browser settings not to accept cookies. Your web browser’s help function should tell you how to do this. Alternatively, you can find information about how to do this for all the commonly used internet browsers on the website: http://www.aboutcookies.org/default.aspx. This website will also explain how you can delete cookies which are already stored on your device. You will have been asked to consent to our use of cookies when you first visited our website.