Cookies

What is a cookie?
How do we use cookies?
Cookies and browser settings
Last updated: 6 February 2016

Visiting this website with your browser settings adjusted to accept cookies tells us that you want to use our services and that you consent to our use of cookies and other technologies to provide them to you as described in this notice.

See below for information on how to modify the settings in your browser so that you can disable cookies.

What is a cookie?

A cookie consists of information sent by a web server to a web browser, and stored by the browser. The information is then sent back to the server each time the browser requests a page from the server. This enables the web server to identify and track the web browser.

How do we use cookies?

We use both "session" cookies and "persistent" cookies on the website. We will use the session cookies to keep track of you whilst you navigate the website. We will use the persistent cookies to enable our website to recognise you when you visit and provide you with a personalised service.

Session cookies will be deleted from your computer when you close your browser.

Persistent cookies will remain stored on your computer until deleted, or until they reach a specified expiry date.

We use the open source web analytics tool PIWIK to analyse the use of this website in order to optimise and improve our service. The information generated by PIWIK using cookies is transmitted exclusively to the self-managed TBA server based in Germany and stored there. The information will not be disclosed to third parties. Prior to transmission, the last six digits of the IP address are removed, thereby anonymising it.

We may publish Google Adsense interest-based advertisements on our website. These are tailored by Google to reflect your interests. To determine your interests, Google will track your behaviour across the web using cookies. You can view, delete or add interest categories associated with your browser using Google's Ads Preference Manager, available at: http://www.google.com/ads/preferences/. You can opt-out of the Adsense partner network cookie at: http://www.google.com/privacy_ads.html. However, this opt-out mechanism uses a cookie, and if you clear the cookies from your browser your opt-out will not be maintained. To ensure that an opt-out is maintained in respect of a particular browser, you should use the Google browser plug-in available at: http://www.google.com/ads/preferences/plugin.

Cookies and browser settings

Most browsers allow you to reject all cookies, whilst some browsers allow you to reject just third party cookies. For example, in Firefox you can refuse all cookies by clicking "Preferences" and "Privacy". Within "History - Firefox will" select "Use custom settings for history" and uncheck "Accept cookies from sites". Blocking all cookies will, however, have a negative impact upon the usability of many websites, including this one.