Cookies policy

When we provide services, we want to make them easy, useful and reliable. Where services are delivered on the internet, this sometimes involves placing small amounts of information on your device, for example, computer or mobile phone. These include small files known as cookies. They cannot be used to identify you personally.
These pieces of information are used to improve services for you through, for example:

  • enabling a service to recognise your device so you don't have to give the same information several times during one task
  • recognising that you may already have given a username and password so you don't need to do it for every web page requested
  • measuring how many people are using services, so they can be made easier to use and there's enough capacity to ensure they are fast

You can manage these small files yourself and learn more about them through "Internet browser cookies - what they are and how to manage them" or visit http://www.allaboutcookies.org which contains comprehensive information on how to control cookies on a wide variety of browsers.

Our use of cookies

We use a variety of cookies on our websites and these are detailed below.

First-party cookies

Website analytic providers such as Google Analytics set cookies to help accurately estimate the number of visitors to the website and volumes of usage.

Name Purpose Content Expires
_utma So service is available when you want it and fast, we measure numbers and volumes of visitors Randomly generated number 2 years
_utmb So service is available when you want it and fast, we measure numbers and volumes of visitors Randomly generated number 30 minutes
_utmc So service is available when you want it and fast, we measure numbers and volumes of visitors Randomly generated number When user exits browser
_utmz So service is available when you want it and fast, we measure numbers and volumes of visitors Randomly generated number 6 months
ASP.NET So service is available when you want it and fast, we measure numbers and volumes of visitors Randomly generated number

When user exits browser

cookie So service is available when you want it and fast, we measure numbers and volumes of visitors Randomly generated number When user exits browser
nmstat So service is available when you want it and fast, we measure numbers and volumes of visitors Randomly generated number

1000 days after users last visit

request_token Once you have logged on with username and password, to make it easier to log in again if you choose ‘Remember me’ Randomly generated number When user exits browser
WCN_status Once you have logged on with username and password, to make it easier to log in again if you choose ‘Remember me’ Randomly generated number When user exits browser
JSESSIONID Once you have logged on with username and password, to make it easier to log in again if you choose ‘Remember me’ Randomly generated number When user exits browser
comment_author Once you have logged on with username and password, to make it easier to log in again if you choose ‘Remember me’ User name entered <1 year
comment_author_email Once you have logged on with username and password, to make it easier to log in again if you choose ‘Remember me’ User email address entered <1 year
comment_author_url Once you have logged on with username and password, to make it easier to log in again if you choose ‘Remember me’ User website address entered <1 year
subscribe_checkbox Once you have logged on with username and password, to make it easier to log in again if you choose ‘Remember me’ “checked” or “unchecked” depending on user’s wish to be notified of further comments on the article <1 year

For further details on the cookies set by Google Analytics, please refer to the Google Code website

Third-party cookies

Some sites such as Google maps and YouTube use cookies to help deliver better services, for example remembering where you were on a map.

Name Purpose Content Expires
NID When we provide links to third party services you find useful, they may place a cookie on your device to make their service easier to use. Randomly generated number 24 hours
PREF When we provide links to third party services you find useful, they may place a cookie on your device to make their service easier to use. Randomly generated number 2 years
SNID When we provide links to third party services you find useful, they may place a cookie on your device to make their service easier to use. randomly generated number 2 years
PREF When we provide links to third party services you find useful, they may place a cookie on your device to make their service easier to use. Randomly generated number 2 years
P_16976035 When we provide links to third party services you find useful, they may place a cookie on your device to make their service easier to use. Randomly generated number

1 hour

TS54026e When we provide links to third party services you find useful, they may place a cookie on your device to make their service easier to use. Randomly generated number When user exits browser
ep202 When we provide links to third party services you find useful, they may place a cookie on your device to make their service easier to use. Randomly generated number 1 year
ASP.NET_SessionID So service is available when you want it and fast, we measure numbers and volumes of visitors Randomly generated number When user exits browser
k When we provide links to third party services you find useful, they may place a cookie on your device to make their service easier to use. IP address and randomly generated number 7 days
VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE When we provide links to third party services you find useful, they may place a cookie on your device to make their service easier to use. Randomly generated number 9 months
use_hitbox When we provide links to third party services you find useful, they may place a cookie on your device to make their service easier to use. Randomly generated number When user exits browser
PREF When we provide links to third party services you find useful, they may place a cookie on your device to make their service easier to use. Randomly generated number 10 years

How to control and delete cookies

We will not use cookies to collect personally identifiable information about you.

However, if you wish to restrict or block the cookies which are set by our websites, or indeed any other website, you can do this through your browser settings. The ‘Help’ function within your browser should tell you how.

Alternatively, you may wish to visit http://www.aboutcookies.org which contains comprehensive information on how to do this on a wide variety of browsers. You will also find details on how to delete cookies from your machine as well as more general information about cookies.

Please be aware that restricting cookies may impact on the functionality of our website.

If you wish to view your cookie code, just click on a cookie to open it. You'll see a short string of text and numbers. The numbers are your identification card, which can only be seen by the server that gave you the cookie. For information on how to do this on the browser of your mobile phone you will need to refer to your handset manual.

To opt-out of third-parties collecting any data regarding your interaction on our website, please refer to their websites for further information.

Last updated: 25 May 2012