Cookies are small text files that can be used by websites to make a user’s experience more efficient, as well as providing information to the owners of the website. They cannot harm your computer.
The law states that we can store cookies on your device if they are strictly necessary for the operation of this site. For all other types of cookies we need your permission.
- Necessary cookies: are required for the operation of our website. They are essential for enabling basic functions such as page navigation and access to secure areas of the website. The website cannot function properly without these cookies. If you remove or disable these cookies, we cannot guarantee that you will be able to use our website.
- Statistics Cookies – these allow us to see which pages are visited when and how often, for example how many visits our original commentary might receive. This allows us to understand what commentary visitors find valuable, which can help us write more topical and useful content to publish on the website. All data collected around site visitors is anonymous across the entire website.
- Marketing or targeting cookies: these cookies record your visit to a website, the pages you have visited and the links you have clicked. The cookies used on our website are delivered by approved third party providers.
Some of the cookies will be ‘session cookies’ which stay in place only for the duration of your visit and are deleted at the end of the browsing session. Others are ‘persistent cookies’ which remain on your device for a period of time after you have left the website (unless your web browser has been configured not to accept cookies).
Cookies may also be placed by our approved business partners, which are known as “third-party cookies”, these may include cookies from Google Analytics (who we use to collect data about website usage). From time to time, approved business partners requiring cookies to be installed on our website may change. In the event this occurs, this information will be updated.
We do not store personally identifiable information in the cookies we create, but we do use encrypted information gathered from those cookies to help improve your experience of our website.
Most web browsers allow some control of cookies through the browser settings. However, if you use your browser settings to block all cookies, you may not be able to access certain websites.
To opt out of being tracked by Google Analytics across all websites, you can install their Opt-out Browser Add-on, available at here.