Please note: this is our initial policy and what we see as the first stage of achieving privacy compliance for all visitors to our site (including Opt In / Opt Out). There is a degree of confusion currently around what is considered consent for cookies – and this is likely to be the case for a little while yet.
Cookies and how they Benefit You
Cookies are used to:
- Make the website work as you’d expect
- Save you having to login every time you visit the site
- Improve the speed/security of the site
- Allow you to share pages with social networks like Facebook
- Continuously improve the website for you
- Make marketing more efficient
- Collect any personally identifiable information (without your express permission)
- Collect any sensitive information (without your express permission)
- Pass personally identifiable data to third parties
You can learn more about the cookies used below
More about cookies
Website Function Cookies
Our own cookies
Cookies are used to make the website work including:
- Making the checkout work
- Determining if you are logged in or not
- Allowing you to add comments to the site
There is no way to prevent these cookies being set other than to not use the site.
Third party functions
This site, like most websites, includes functionality provided by third parties. A common example is an embedded YouTube video.
Disabling these cookies will likely break the functions offered by these third parties
Social Website Cookies
So you can easily “Like” or share our content on the likes of Facebook and Twitter there are sharing buttons on the site.
Cookies are set by:
The privacy implications on this will vary from social network to social network and will be dependent on the privacy settings you have chosen on these networks.
Site Improvement Cookies
New designs or site features are regularly test on the site. This is done by showing slightly different versions of the website to different people and anonymously monitoring how site visitors respond to these different versions. Ultimately this helps the website to become better over time.
Visitor Statistics Cookies
Cookies are used to compile visitor statistics such as how many people have visited the website, what type of technology they are using (e.g. Mac or Windows which helps to identify when the site isn’t working as it should for particular technologies), how long they spend on the site, what page they look at etc. This helps to continuously improve the website. These so called “analytics” programs also show how people reached this site (e.g. from a search engine) and whether they have been here before helping more money to be put into developing services for you instead of marketing spend.
Cookies are widely used in online advertising. No personally identifiable information is collected by these cookies.
You can learn more about online advertising at http://www.youronlinechoices.com . You can opt-out of almost all advertising cookies at http://www.youronlinechoices.com/uk/your-ad-choices although ultimately adverts help keep much of the internet free. It is also worth noting that opting out of advertising cookies will not mean you won’t see adverts, just simply that they won’t be tailored to you any longer.
Occasionally the site is funded by showing adverts as you browse the site. These adverts are usually managed by a partner specialising in providing adverts for multiple sites. Invariably these partners place cookies to collect anonymous data about the websites you visits so they can personalise the adverts to you, ensure that you don’t see the same adverts too frequently and ultimately report to advertisers on which adverts are working. Our partners include:
Occasionally partners are used who promote our service on a commission basis. Cookies are required to allow us to reward these partners and these cookies are usually provided by specialist companies (known as affiliate networks). Neither us, the networks, or the partner advertising or recommending our services are able to identify you personally. We ask you to support us by allowing these cookies which ultimately help us to offer you the service we do at the price we do. Our affiliate cookies are provided by:
Turning Cookies Off
You can usually switch cookies off by adjusting your browser settings to stop it from accepting cookies (Learn how here). Doing so however will likely limit the functionality of our’s and a large proportion of the world’s websites as cookies are a standard part of most modern websites
It may be that you concerns around cookies relate to so called “spyware”. Rather than switching off cookies in your browser you may find that anti-spyware software achieves the same objective by automatically deleting cookies considered to be invasive. Learn more about managing cookies with antispyware software.
The cookie information text on this page was derived from content provided by Attacat Internet Marketing http://www.attacat.co.uk/, a marketing agency based in Edinburgh. If you need similar information for your own website you can use their free cookie audit tool.
Cookie Audit Results
You can see the results of our initial audit here: Cookie Audit (pdf)