Privacy Policy
Privacy Policy

Cookie Policy

Our website uses cookies, as almost all websites do, to help provide you with the best experience we can.

A cookie is a small text file that is stored on your computer's hard drive and which records how you move your way around a website so that, when you revisit that website, it can present tailored options based on the information stored about your last visit. Cookies can also be used to analyse traffic and for advertising and marketing purposes.

You can set your browser to refuse all or some browser cookies, or to alert you when websites set or access cookies. If you disable or refuse cookies, please note that some parts of this website may become inaccessible or not function properly.

Types of Cookies

Cookies can also be categorised as follows:

  • Strictly necessary cookies: These cookies are essential to enable you to use the website effectively, such as when buying a product and / or service, and therefore cannot be turned off. Without these cookies, the services available to you on our website cannot be provided. These cookies do not gather information about you that could be used for marketing or remembering where you have been on the internet.
  • Performance cookies: These cookies enable us to monitor and improve the performance of our website. For example, they allow us to count visits, identify traffic sources and see which parts of the site are most popular.
  • Functionality cookies: These cookies allow our website to remember choices you make and provide enhanced features. For instance, we may be able to provide you with news or updates relevant to the services you use. They may also be used to provide services you have requested such as viewing a video or commenting on a blog. The information these cookies collect is usually anonymised.

Turning Off Cookies

You can turn off cookies via your browser. Each browser is different, so check the "Help" menu of your browser to learn how to change your cookie preferences or visit About Cookies (which explains how you can delete and control the cookies that are stored on your computer).

Cookies We Use

Strictly Necessary

  • PHPSESSID - default identifier that PHP uses for cookies.
  • DYNSRV - used for load balancing to manage server traffic demand.

Performance

Google Analytics - set to anonymise the IP address gtag('config', '<GA_TRACKING_ID>', { 'anonymize_ip': true });, so no personal information is being collected.

We use Google Analytics cookies to compile visitor statistics such as how many people have visited our website, what type of technology they are using (e.g. Mac or Windows which helps to identify when our site isn't working as it should for particular technologies), how long they spend on the site, what page they look at etc. This helps us to continuously improve our website. Google Analytics tells us, on an anonymous basis, how people reached this site (e.g. from a search engine) and whether they have been here before. You can opt out of Google Analytics cookies.

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Add This - social share buttons on article posts which allow you to share a post you find interesting.

The __atuvc and __atuvs cookies are created and read by the AddThis social sharing site JavaScript on the client side (on our articles pages) in order to make sure you see the updated count if you share a page and return to it before our share count cache is updated. No data from that cookie is sent back to AddThis and removing it when disabling cookies can cause unexpected behaviour for users. You can opt out of AddThis cookies.

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Functionality

TAWK chat/message facility - allows you to chat with us in real time or leave a message when we are not available.

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