Browser Cookie Control    

What are cookies?

Unfortunatly these cookies are not something you can eat! When we talk Cookie Controlabout cookies we mean cookies used by a website to send 'state information' to a Users' browser and for the browser to return the state information to the website. All websites use cookies!

Cookies cannot be programmed, cannot carry viruses, and cannot install malware on the host computer.

Cookies are used by most websites for a variety of reasons - often very practical reasons to do with the operation of the website. However, they are also used to monitor how people are using the website (which pages are visited and how long is spent on each page). Each "visitor session" is tracked even though no effort is made to try to identify them in person.

The new legislation now states that you must be able to opt-out from having cookies stored on their computer.

When did the law change and who enforces it?

The EU Directive entered UK law on 26th May 2011 as “The Privacy and Electronic Communications (EC Directive) (Amendment) Regulations 2011”. It is regulated by the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) www.ico.gov.uk who decided that enforcement would commence from 26th May 2012.

What happens if you disable cookies (i.e. opt-out)?

If you decide to disable cookies our website records this so you don't get asked the question again. You will find that most of the website works as expected although functions that rely on cookies are obviously disabled. These functions include using online forms or any feature that requires login. We use a cookie to remember your cookie preferences, this has a couple of consequences:

1. If you delete all your cookies you will have to tell us your preference again
2. If you use a different device, computer profile or browser you will have to tell us your preference again

How to block cookies?

All recent versions of popular browsers give users a level of control over cookies.

Users can set their browsers to accept or reject all, or certain, cookies. Users can also set their browser to prompt them each time a cookie is offered.

Controlling the cookie on your browser is dependent on what browser you use. Click here to find a guide on how to block cookies with your browser.