What are cookies?
A cookie is a small text file that is stored on a user’s web browser. The cookie is set by request by a web server to a web browser (e.g. Internet Explorer, chrome). A cookie is entirely ‘passive’ and does not contain software programmes, a virus or spyware. A cookie is composed of two parts, its name and its content or value of the cookie. Moreover, the life-time of the cookie is determined. Technically, only the web server that sent the cookie can access it again when a user returns to a website associated with that web server.
What are cookies used for?
A cookie contains information linked from a web browser (the user) to a specific web server (the website). If a web browser accesses that web server again, the web server can read from and react to that information. Cookies ensure a user-friendly experience and support safety efforts for many online offers and services, e.g. language preferences, privacy settings, shopping baskets of online shops or relevant adverts.
Analytical Performance Cookies
We use these cookies to measure users’ behaviour to better develop the website. We use the web analytics services provided by Google Analytics. The cookies collect information in an anonymous form that does not identify a visitor, including the number of visitors to the site, where visitors have come to the site from and the pages they visited. Click here for an overview of privacy at Google. To opt out of being tracked by Google Analytics across all websites visit the Google site.
You can withdraw your consent and remove or block cookies at any time using the settings in your browser, but in some cases, this may impact your ability to use our website.
What we collect
We collect personal information when you complete any online forms, this includes:
- Contact details including your email address and mobile phone number
- Demographic details including your postcode, preferences and interests
- Your name
Your details will only be used for the purposes indicated and we will hold it securely. It will not be used for other purposes without your permission and will not be kept longer than necessary.
How we use your information
Your email address will be used to contact you with information from us. In the future we may add more services and systems to our offering and you will be able to specifically consent to sharing your information with these systems.