Cookies are information packets sent by web servers to web browsers, and stored by the web browsers. The information is then sent back to the server each time the browser requests a page from the server. This enables a web server to identify and track web browsers. There are two main kinds of cookies: session cookies and persistent cookies. Session cookies are deleted from your computer when you close your browser, whereas persistent cookies remain stored on your computer until deleted, or until they reach their expiry date.
Essential vs Non-essential Cookies
Cookies can be classified as either ‘essential’ or ‘non-essential’.
- used solely to carry out or facilitate the transmission of communications over a network; or
- strictly necessary to provide an online service (e.g. our website or a service on our website) which you have requested.
Session and Persistent Cookies
Cookies can be classified as either ‘session’ or ‘persistent’, depending on how long they last after they are placed on your browser.
First and third party cookies
Cookies can be classified as ‘first party’ or ‘third party’.
Cookies used on our website
|Name||Type||First / Third Party||Session / Persistent||Usage|
|cc_cookie||Essential||First Party||Persistent: 6 months||Stores cookie consent choices|
|_ga||Non-essential||First Party||Persistent: 2 years||Used to distinguish users. Registers a unique ID that is used to generate statistical data on how the visitor uses the website.|
|_ga_XCE207LV5W||Non-essential||First Party||Persistent: 2 years||Used to persist session state.|
Most browsers allow you to refuse to accept cookies.
In Internet Explorer, you can refuse all cookies by clicking “Tools”, “Internet Options”, “Privacy”, and selecting “Block all cookies” using the sliding selector.
In Firefox, you can adjust your cookies settings by clicking “Tools”, “Options” and “Privacy”.
Blocking cookies will have a negative impact upon the usability of some websites.