We may obtain information about your general internet usage by using a cookie file which is stored on the hard drive of your computer. “Cookies”:http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/SiteInformation/Cookies/DG_WP201851?CID=Central&PLA=url_mon&CRE=managing_cookies contain information that is transferred to your computer’s hard drive. They help us to improve the Site and to deliver a better and more personalised service. Some of the cookies we use are essential for the site to operate. They enable us:
* to estimate our audience size and usage pattern;
* to store information about your preferences, and so allow us to customise the Site according to aggregate preferences;
* to speed up your searches; and
* to recognise you when you return to the Site.
The main cookies that we use provide us with valuable data about our website. These are from Google Analytics and are completely anonymous, telling us information such as how many people have visited our website and which pages are the most popular. This allows us to ensure that our website is doing its job and make improvements to help you use the site. This information is really useful to us, but if you would like to opt out, you can do so at “https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout”:https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout.
We also link to other websites such as Twitter, You Tube and WordPress where our blog is held. We’re pretty sure that they use the same kind of cookies but as these sites are not controlled by us, we can not guarantee the cookies that they are using and suggest that you read their privacy policies to be absolutely sure.
We really hope that this is ok, but if you are really unhappy with cookies being used, the best way round this is to turn it off in your “browser settings”:http://www.aboutcookies.org/Default.aspx?page=1 so that they are not used on any website. To do this, you can go to your privacy settings in either Tools or Options depending on your browser.
If you want to clean out all tracking cookies from all your Web sites, here are links where you can download three programs that can clean out tracking cookies: