What is a cookie?
There are many different types of cookies each performing a different function, for example, by letting you navigate between pages efficiently for the duration of your visit only (a so-called 'session cookie'); or, storing your preferences for a repeat visit (a so-called 'persistent cookie'). Session Cookies are deleted from the user's computer or mobile device when the user closes the browser. Persistent cookies are saved for a fixed period (usually a year or longer) and are not deleted with the closure of the browser.
Cookies may be dropped by the website you are visiting ('first party cookies') or by another website(s) which runs content on the page you are viewing ('third party cookies'). For example, the website might use a third party analytics company who will set their own cookie to perform this service (see below in What cookies do we use?)
In general, most cookies work to enhance your experience of a website, making your visit to the website faster and easier.
What cookies do we use?
We use both session and persistent cookies to improve on your user-experience.
In general, the cookies dropped by our website(s) perform the following functions:
1. Strictly necessary cookies
2. Functionality cookies
We use functionality cookies to allow us to remember your preferences. For example, such cookies act to remember your username from your computer or mobile device so that you need not enter it every time you access our website. Other functionality cookies will permit and enable users to watch samples of our content online.
3. Performance cookies
Primarily we only use first party cookies, but from time-to-time we may use an analytic tool which enables us to build basic statistics. For example, statistics on how many people visit our website, and in what country users are based, page views, the technology people use to access the website, or, to ascertain functionality problems.
How to change you cookie settings
If you wish to alter your cookie settings, it is possible to block or disable some or all cookies that have already been set. Please be aware that in doing so, you might lose some of the functionality of the website.
If you wish to limit or block web browser cookies which are set on your computer or mobile device then you can do this through your browser settings; the 'Help' function within your browser should tell you how.
Alternatively, you may wish to visit www.aboutcookies.org, which contains comprehensive information on how to do this on a wide variety of desktop browsers.