PRIVACY

About Cookies

Cookies are small files which many web sites transfer to your hard disk.

How We Use Cookies

We use "Google Analytics" to collect information about how visitors use of this site. Google Analytics collects information such as how often users visit this site, what pages they visit when they do so, and what other sites they used prior to coming to this site. We use the information we get from Google Analytics only to improve this site.

Google Analytics collects only the IP address assigned to you on the date you visit this site, rather than your name or other identifying information. We do not combine the information collected through the use of Google Analytics with personally identifiable information. Although Google Analytics plants a permanent cookie on your web browser to identify you as a unique user the next time you visit this site, the cookie cannot be used by anyone but Google. Google’s ability to use and share information collected by Google Analytics about your visits to this site is restricted by the Google Analytics Terms of Use (as amended for government websites) and the Google Privacy Policy. You can prevent Google Analytics from recognizing you on return visits to this site by disabling cookies on your browser.

Google Analytics employs cookies to define user sessions, which allows for the collection of data about how visitors are using the websites. Google Analytics uses only first-party cookies for data analysis. This means that the cookies are linked to a specific website domain, and Google Analytics will only use that cookie data for statistical analysis related to your browsing behavior on that specific website. According to Google, the data collected cannot be altered or retrieved by services from other domains.

If you choose, you can opt out by turning off cookies in the preferences settings in your web browser. For more information on Google Analytics, please visit Google Analytics

Read more: How Google uses data when you use our site.

The Cookies We Use

The individual cookies we use on theis site are detailed below.

Cookie Name Purpose
google analytics __utma
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These cookies are used to store information on previous visits to our website and visitor referrals by other websites.

to opt out of being tracked by google analytics across all websites please visit https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout

Consent

We assume that by using this site with your existing browser settings you consent to cookies being set.

Background

For a few months in 2012 it was EU legislation that all sites had an explicit opt-in notification regarding cookies. In January 2013 this was revoked as it became quickly obvious that the ruling was arbitrary to use, annoying to most members of the public and totally unenforceable.

The ICO (the UK's Information Commissioner's Office - ico.org.uk), the official body that covers online marketing legislation including cookies for the UK removed their opt-in pop-up roughly at this time.