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Cookie policy

Cookie policy

Our website uses cookies to distinguish you from other users of our website. This helps us to provide you with a good experience when you browse our website and also allows us to improve the site.

Information about our use of cookies

A cookie is a small file of letters and numbers that we store on your browser or the hard drive of your computer if you agree. Cookies contain information that is transferred to your computer's hard drive.

The cookies we use are 'analytical' cookies. They allow us to recognise and count the number of visitors and to see how visitors move around the site when they are using it. This helps us to improve the way our website works, for example, by ensuring that users are finding what they are looking for easily.

You can find more information about the individual cookies we use and the purposes for which we use them in the table below:

Cookie

Name

Purpose

Cookie preference

CONSENT

This cookie is used to remember a user’s choice about cookies on the website.

Universal Analytics (Google)

_ga
_gat

_gid

These cookies are used to collect information about how visitors use the site. We use the information to compile reports and to help us improve the website. The cookies collect information in an anonymous form, including the number of visitors to the site, where visitors have come to the site from and the pages they visited. For more information read Google's overview of privacy and safeguarding data.

Functional cookie         

ASP.NET_SessionId  

ASP.NET sessions store information within a cookie for the functionality of the website. Sessions are deleted when the browser is closed.

Microsoft Azure Websites

ARRAffinity

An affinity cookie keeps track of which of the website servers users are connected to, if we have to scale out the website when it is under a high load the affinity cookie ensure the users connection isn’t lost.  The cookie expires at the end of each session.

YouTube cookies

 

We embed videos from our official YouTube channel using YouTube’s privacy-enhanced mode. This mode may set cookies on your computer once you click on the YouTube video player, but YouTube will not store personally-identifiable cookie information for playbacks of embedded videos using the privacy-enhanced mode. For more information read YouTube’s embedding videos information page.

Session cookie

JSESSIONID

This is used to store browsing information on the website, it expires at the end of each session.

Google+1 Cookie

NID

The Google+ plugin allows you to promote the website using the ‘+1’ button. This cookie is installed by Google to detect if you are currently logged in with a Google account. For more information read Google's policy.

Cloudflare cookie

_cfduid

The __cfduid cookie is used to override any security restrictions based on the IP address the visitor is coming from. For example, if the visitor is in a coffee shop where there are a bunch of infected machines, but the visitor's machine is known trusted, then the cookie can override the security setting. It does not correspond to any userid in the web application, nor does the cookie store any personally identifiable information.

Note: This cookie is strictly necessary for site security operations and can't be turned off. For more information read Cloudflare's cookie information