A cookie is a small text file stored on your computer or mobile device when you visit our website.
Cookies are used to improve the services our web site provides e.g.
- To recognise your device so you don't have to provide the same information several times during one task
- To recognise and remember that you have provided a username and password so you don't need to re-enter your details on every page you request
- To remember your preferences for the types of information you wish to see and the way it is presented
- To measure anonymous usage so that we can improve the way the site works for you
We use some cookies to transfer information about your use of our site to third parties e.g. Google so that they can provide us with statistics on how our website is used.
Please note that some features or services on our website may not function properly without using cookies. For example, you will not be able to log in.
You can choose to delete cookies, or stop cookies being stored on your computer in the future. To manage cookies yourself and to find more information about them, please visit http://www.allaboutcookies.org.
You can also refer to your browser’s instructions by clicking ‘help’ in the browser menu to learn more about managing cookies on your device.
What cookies we set
|PHPSESSID||This cookie is set by the Content Management System we use. It is not necessary for normal pages on our site, only for logged-in pages, but there's no way to turn it off for normal pages in the version of the software we're using!||Session|
|phpbb2mysql_sid||Set by the message board to see if you're logged in or not.||Session|
|phpbb2mysql_data||Set by the message board with any configuration information you've given it, such as whether or not you want it to remember your login.||1 year|
|__utma||Google Analytics cookie: allows Google Analytics to see if you (or someone using your browser while logged in to your computer as you) visited our site before.||2 years|
|__utmb||Google Analytics cookie: Google Analytics uses this cookie to work out whether you are visiting multiple pages on our site in one "visit" to it, or not, in conjuction with __utmc.||30 minutes|
|__utmc||Google Analytics cookie: Google Analytics uses this cookie to work out whether you are visiting multiple pages on our site in one "visit" to it, or not, in conjuction with __utmb.||Session|
|__utmz||Google Analytics cookie: Google Analytics uses this cookie to work out how you got to our site (ie link from another site, searched on search engine) and in which order you looked at our pages.||6 months|
Session cookies expire when you close your browser (unless you've set your browser to remember your tabs and logins when you open it next time). An expiry given as a time means that the cookie will expire that amount of time after you last visit a page on our website.
For more information on what Google Analytics does with the data stored in the Google Analytics cookies, see the Google Analytics privacy information page.