1. WHAT ARE COOKIES
A cookie, also known as a browser cookie, is a small text file which is downloaded to your computer, mobile or other device when you visit a website or use an app.
Cookies help make your online experience more efficient and relevant to your interests. For instance, they are used to remember your preferences on sites that you visit often, to remember your user ID and the contents of a shopping basket and to help you to navigate between pages more efficiently. Different types of cookies are used to do different things. They also help us to identify ways to improve your overall site experience hers are used to provide you with advertising which is more tailored to your interests, or to measure the number of your site visits and the most popular pages you visit.
This policy sets out the types of cookies that we use and what we use them for.
2. ARE THERE DIFFERENT TYPES OF COOKIES
2.1 Yes, there are different types of cookies. Cookies are divided into “first party” and “third party” cookies, and “session” and “persistent” cookies.
2.2 “First party” and “third party” cookies
2.2.1 Cookies can be set and controlled by the operator of a website (known as a ‘first party cookie’) or a third party such as Facebook for example to display advertisements and social sharing features (known as a ‘third party cookie’).
2.3 “Session cookies” and “persistent cookies”
2.3.1 Cookies can also be divided into “session cookies” and “persistent cookies”:
(a) Session cookies
Session cookies are stored in your computer or device’s memory during your browsing session and are automatically deleted from your computer when you leave a website. These cookies usually store a session ID, allowing you to move from page to page without having to log-in repeatedly.
They are widely used by commercial websites; for example to keep track of items that a consumer has added to a shopping basket. Session cookies do not collect any information from your computer or device and they expire at the end of your browser session.
(b) Persistent cookies
Persistent cookies usually have an expiration date and so stay in your browser until they expire, or until you manually delete them.
3.1 We use a Google cookie to allow us to show a location map and to embed a spam recaptcha blocker on our contact forms.
4.1 Most web browsers automatically accept cookies but in order to provide you with the required ability to block the Google Map cookie, we have added a ‘Block’ option in a pop-up banner visible on first website visit. You can use this to block the storing of the cookie however please do not use the contact forms if you would prefer not to store the recaptcha cookie.
5. COOKIES WE USE
5.1 Google – NID (48 hour persistent cookie)
Google ReCaptcha stores a cookie to help detect whether the user is a robot or not. The recaptcha functionality is used on our contact forms to ensure that only valid emails are submitted to us and to limit the amount of spam received. The cookie is valid for 48 hours after which time it will be automatically expired by your browser.