You should know about cookies because they involve the collection of information about you (which may or may not be personal information) in a way which may not be obvious to you.
Cookies are small pieces of information captured when your device is used to access online content. Cookies are stored in your device by the person who arranges for the cookie to be set. This person may be the provider of the content being accessed. It might be a 3rd party. 3rd party cookies are used to provide information about your device’s access to more than one discrete site or data set.
We allow cookies to be used for three reasons. First, we allow session cookies to be used when you visit our online content. This enables your device to move from page to page without having to log in repeatedly. These generally improve your browsing experience. Secondly, we allow persistent (permanent) cookies to be used to better inform how the content your device visits may be presented to you. Persistent cookies can store your preferences for a particular site, so they will be remembered when the site is visited again. Thirdly, we allow persistent and other kinds of permanent cookies (such as “flash” cookies) to be set and we and others access information from 3rd party cookies in order to assist in compiling and analysing the types of online content you visit and your interaction with that content. This assists in assessing what promotions to make to you, when and how. It also assists in measuring the effectiveness of promotions.
If you leave a comment on our site you may opt-in to saving your name, email address and website in cookies. These are for your convenience so that you do not have to fill in your details again when you leave another comment. These cookies will last for one year.
If you visit our login page, we will set a temporary cookie to determine if your browser accepts cookies. This cookie contains no personal data and is discarded when you close your browser.
When you log in, we will also set up several cookies to save your login information and your screen display choices. Login cookies last for two days, and screen options cookies last for a year. If you select “Remember Me”, your login will persist for two weeks. If you log out of your account, the login cookies will be removed.
You can control the extent to which your device allows cookies to be set on it. You can do this by changing the settings on the software your device uses to access the internet (your browser software). For example, depending on which browser your device uses, you may be able to disable third party cookies. There is a lot of information available about how cookies work and how to change your browser’s cookie preferences.