Cookies and IP Addresses

We may collect information about your computer, including where available your IP address, operating system and browser type, for system administration and to collate aggregate information about users. This is statistical data about our users’ browsing actions and patterns, and does not identify any individual.

For the same reason, 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 contain information that is transferred to your computer’s hard drive. They help us to improve our site and to deliver a better and more personalised service.

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/ID
Purpose
Lifespan
_ga
_gat
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Google Analytics is a third-party traffic analysis service that helps us understand how visitors use our web site. The information generated by the cookie about your use of the website (including your IP address) will be transmitted to and stored by Google on servers in the United States. Google will use this information for the purpose of evaluating your use of the website, compiling reports on website activity for website operators and providing other services relating to website activity and internet usage. Google may also transfer this information to third parties where required to do so by law, or where such third parties process the information on Google’s behalf. Google will not associate your IP address with any other data held by Google. You can opt-out of all Google Analytics cookies by installing a browser add-on provided by Google: https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout 2 years 10 min 1 day
tk_qs
tk_tc
Used by JetPack by Automattic for Analytics and Performance. Gathers information for third party analytics analytics tool about how our services are used. A collection of internal metrics for user activity, used to improve user experience. 24 hours
wordpress_test_cookie Checks if cookies are enabled to provide appropriate user experience. 24 hours

 
You may refuse to accept cookies by activating the setting on your browser which allows you to refuse the setting of cookies. However, if you select this setting you may be unable to access certain parts of our site. Unless you have adjusted your browser setting so that it will refuse cookies, our system will issue cookies when you log on to our site.

This website carries embedded “share” buttons to enable users to easily share pages with their contacts through a number of popular social networking sites. Those sites may set a cookie when you are also logged in to their service. We do not control the dissemination of these cookies and you should check the relevant third party website for more information about these.