A cookie is a small file which asks permission to be placed on your computer's hard drive. Once you agree, the file is added and the cookie helps analyse web traffic or lets you know when you visit a particular site. Cookies allow web applications to respond to you as an individual. The web application can tailor its operations to your needs, likes and dislikes by gathering and remembering information about your preferences.
We use traffic log cookies to identify which pages are being used. This helps us analyse data about web page traffic and improve our website in order to tailor it to customer needs. We only use this information for statistical analysis purposes and then the data is removed from the system.
Google Analytics provides anonymous statistics on website usage. Cookies are used to track the source of a visitor, their session on the website (to associate multiple page views to one visit) and whether they are a new or returning visitor.
You can choose to accept or decline cookies. Most web browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can usually modify your browser setting to decline cookies if you prefer. This may prevent you from taking full advantage of the website.
All modern browsers allow you to change your cookie settings. The following links provide details on how to do this in a range of popular web browsers:
Cookie settings in Internet Explorerwww.support.microsoft.com/kb/196955
Cookie settings in Firefoxwww.support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/cookies
Cookie settings in Chromewww.support.google.com/chrome/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=95647
Cookie settings in Safariwww.support.apple.com/kb/PH5042