What are cookies?
Cookies are small text files that the web sites you visit place on your computer to store information about your visit. Cookies are 'passive' in that they contain information your browser can retrieve, but do not contain programmes, viruses or malicious software. Cookies normally expire after a certain length of time, although that time can be anywhere from a few minutes to more than a year.
Cookies can be divided into two categories: 'session' and 'persistent'. Session cookies are temporary and are deleted when you close your browser or after a period of inactivity. Persistent cookies remain on your computer until the expiration date/time set by the cookie creator.
Can I delete cookies?
Yes, you can both view the cookies stored on your computer and delete some or all of them. Each web browser has a different procedure for doing so. Here are instructions for deleting cookies in some popular browsers:
Can I set my browser to block cookies?
Yes, most browsers allow you to specify which types of cookies you will accept or to reject all cookies. As each browser is different, here are some of the most common ones:
As above, you may see an alert message when visiting some sites that recommends you accept cookies for an optimal browsing experience.
Which cookies does this website use?
The most common type of cookie used on this web site is set by Google Analytics, which provides anonymous statistical data to us to show usage trends and to aid in making decisions about what types of content are most popular. We use session cookies to let us know if you login to our website and enable us to offer you additional functioality like reading lists, access to collaborative groups etc.
We use a temporary session cookie to store information as you use this website. This cookie lets us know you are logged in as you move around our website and enables us to offer you various functionality. This cookie is deleted once you close your browser.
Other cookies we store
We use four Google Analytics cookies on this website (named utma, utmb, utmc and utmz) to track how you use this website and help us to identify visitor trends such as most popular searches, the time of day that the website is most frequently used etc. None of the information collected by these cookies can personally identify you.
We use a cookie called fbb_hidden to let us know whether or not you have answered our short feedback survey or if youy have asked for it to be hidden from you.
Third party cookies in use on our website
We use a social sharing tool called AddThis to allow you to share information on our website with colleagues, friends etc more easily. These cookies are set on the .addthis.com domain, and include: