Rules around cookies have changed…

A new Cookie Regulation officially announced on 20th May 2011 and will be enforced from May 2012 that website owners must gain a visitor’s consent that they will be tracked by cookies on that website.

We wanted to help explain what cookies are, why we use them and how they affect your web experience.

What is a cookie?

A cookie is a piece of information which a website transfers to the cookie file of the browser on your computer. The browser then saves the information and sends it back to the website server. When that browser returns to the same website the cookie will recognise the user.

A cookie will typically contain details such as the domain from which the cookie has come from, a value which is usually a random unique number as an identifier and the lifetime (expiry) of the cookie.

What type of cookie does our web site use?

We use a a very basic ‘Session Cookie’ allowing us to ‘remember’ content from page to page (these expire when you leave the website or close the browser).

What if I do not accept cookies?

If you choose not to accept a cookie your experience on this web will usually be unaffected – you may just find it a little more difficult to navigate around the site.

Turning off / disallowing / disabling or deleting cookies:

The majority of internet browsers will provide an option to disallow cookies. You can usually find how to do this in the help menu for your browser. Cookies can also be deleted by using your internet browser, but you must disallow otherwise they will be reapplied the next time you visit a website.

Controlling cookies

Your ability to control the cookies you accept depends on the type of browser you are currently using. For the best on-line experience, we recommend you use Internet Explorer 7.0 or higher. You can order your browser to accept all cookies or to alert you each time a cookie is offered. This way you can decide whether to accept one or not.

Internet Explorer 7.0 or 8.0:

  1. Choose Tools, then
  2. Click Internet Options
  3. Click then Privacy tab, and then, under Settings, move the slider to the top to block all cookies or to the bottom to allow all cookies, and then click OK.

Internet Explorer 9.0 +:

  1. Choose Tools, then
  2. Click Internet Options
  3. Click Privacy Tab and click on the Advanced Button
  4. Now, you can Allow or Block First-Party Cookies and Third-Party Cookies and then click OK

Firefox 3.6 +:

  1. Choose Tools, then
  2. Options
  3. Click the Privacy tab,
  4. Use Custom settings for history
  5. Check mark Accept cookies from sites to enable Cookies, and uncheck it to disable them
  6. Choose how long cookies are allowed to be stored:Click OK
    • Keep until: they expire
    • Keep until: I close Firefox
    • Keep until: ask me every time
  7. Click OK

Google Chrome:

  1. Click the spanner icon on the browser toolbar
  2. Select Options (Preferences on Mac and Linux; Settings on a Chromebook)
  3. Click the Under the Bonnet tab
  4. Click Content settings in the Privacy section
  5. Click the Cookies tab in the Content Setting dialogue that appears


  1. From the Safari menu, click Preferences
  2. From the Security dialogue box, from Accept Cookies, click to select Always
  3. Click Close