A cookie is a text-only string of information that a website
transfers to the cookie file of the browser on your computer's hard disk so that
the website can remember who you are.
A cookie will typically contain the name of the domain from which the cookie has
come, the "lifetime" of the cookie, and a value, usually a randomly generated unique
Two types of cookies are used on this website:
Session Cookies , which are temporary cookies that remain in the cookie file
of your browser until you leave the site.
Persistent cookies , which remain in the cookie file of your browser for
much longer (though how long will depend on the lifetime of the specific cookie).
Cookies can help a website to arrange content to match your preferred interests
to identify you.
*To allow you to carry information across pages of our site and avoid having to
*Within registration to allow you to access stored information.
*To log you into the site.
*To help us recognise you as a unique visitor (just a number) when you return to
our website and to allow us to tailor content or advertisements to match your preferred
interests or to avoid showing you the same adverts repeatedly.
*To compile anonymous, aggregated statistics that allow us to understand how users
use our site and to help us improve the structure of our website. We cannot identify
you personally in this way.
*Within research surveys to ensure you are not invited to complete a questionnaire
too often or after you have already done so. *To remember preferences within services
across the site e.g tv listings.
Third Party Cookies
Third parties serve cookies via this site. These are used for the following purposes:
*To serve advertisements on our site and track whether these advertisements are
clicked on by users.
*Within registration to allow you to access stored information
*To control how often you are shown a particular advertisement
Use of Web Beacons
Some of our Web pages may contain electronic images known as Web beacons (sometimes
known as clear gifs) that allow us to count users who have visited these pages.
Web beacons collect only limited information which including a cookie number, time
and date of a page view, and a description of the page on which the Web beacon resides.
We may also carry web beacons placed by third party advertisers. These beacons do
not carry any personally identifiable information and are only used to track the
effectiveness of a particular campaign.
You have the ability to accept or decline cookies by modifying the settings in your
browser. However, you may not be able to use all the interactive features of our
site if cookies are disabled.
In order to change your browser settings for cookies, follow these instructions:
- In your browser, select the Tools menu.
- From the Tools menu, select Internet Options.
- A dialogue box appears, select the Privacy tab.
- Select the level of privacy you wish to set.
- Click Apply and Ok.