The law which applies to how cookies and similar technologies are used for storing information on a user’s equipment, such as a computer or mobile device, changed on 26th May 2011 with the Privacy and Electronic Communications (EC Directive) (Amendment) Regulations 2011. The regulations are essentially designed to protect the privacy of internet users even where the information being collected about them is not directly personally identifiable. One of these regulations, Regulation 6, requires consent for a cookie type device to be obtained from a subscriber or user

A cookie is a small file, typically of letters and numbers, downloaded to a device when a user accesses certain websites. Cookies are then sent back to originating websites on each subsequent visit. For more information on cookies please follow this link:

Cookies allow web applications to respond to you as an individual. The web application can tailor its operations to your needs, likes and dislikes by gathering and remembering information about your preferences.

We use traffic log cookies to identify which pages are being used. This helps us analyse data about web page traffic and improve our website in order to tailor it to customer needs. We only use this information for statistical analysis purposes and then the data is removed from the system.

Overall, cookies help us provide a better website, by enabling us to monitor which pages you find useful and which you do not. A cookie in no way gives us access to your computer or any information about you, other than the data you choose to share with us.

How to manage cookies.

There are a number of ways to manage cookies. If you use different computers in different locations you will need to ensure that each browser is adjusted to suit your cookie preferences.

You can choose to accept or decline cookies through your chosen browser and you can easily delete any cookies that have been installed in the cookie folder of your browser and you can also stop cookies being stored on your computer in future.

In order to do this you should refer to your browser’s instructions by clicking "help" in your browser menu. All modern browsers allow you to change your cookie settings. In order to understand these settings, the following links may be helpful; otherwise you should use the 'Help' option in your browser for more details

Cookie settings in Internet Explorer

Cookie settings in Firefox

Cookie settings in Chrome

Cookie settings in Safari

Cookie settings in Blackberries

Cookie settings in Android

Cookie settings in Opera