The Privacy and Electronic Communications (EC Directive) (Amendment) Regulations
2011 provides that certain information must be given to users and the user must
give his or her consent to the placing of the cookies. This Cookies Policy sets
the use of the cookies described below.
What are Cookies?
Cookies are small bits of text that are downloaded to your browser as you use the
internet. It is generated by a web page server, which is basically the computer
that operates a website. Their purpose of cookies is to carry bits of useful information
about your interaction with the website that sets them.
Cookies generally do not contain any information that would identify a person. Usually
they contain a string of text or 'unique identifier'. This acts like a label. When
a website sees the string of text it has set in a cookie, it knows the browser is
one it has seen before. A cookie can therefore be thought of as an internet user's
identification card, which tells a website when the user has returned.
If you use a different computer, open a new web browser or delete your cookies,
the website will treat you as if you have arrived for the first time (and a new
cookie will be set).
What Do They Do?
Cookies make the interaction between users and websites faster and easier. For example,
without cookies, it would be very difficult to remember your preferences or registration
details when you come back to a website.
Cookies are used to save time and make the browsing experience more efficient and
tailored to you. They also allow website operators to monitor the way in which you
use the website and build up a user profile for marketing and advertising purposes.
Different Types of Cookies
There are two types of cookies that are typically used – and we use both of these
on the Website; 'Session' and 'Persistent' cookies.
Session cookies only last for your online session and disappear from your computer
when you close your browser.
Persistent cookies are set the first time you visit a website. They help identify
a unique browser to a website. They will remain there for a period determined by
the web page server when the cookie is set. For example, analytics cookies (described
in more detail below) are typically set for 18 months but can be for longer.
Cookies Set by Synatus
Synatus uses certain cookies which are essential to the proper functioning of the
Website. This category of cookies includes those which: identify you as a valid
user, maintain and recognise you when you login and keep track of your usage history.
your username when you come back to the site. A cookie is also written when you
log in to identify your session.
Third Party Analytics Cookies
Google Analytics uses a number of cookies to determine unique users, keep track
of pages within a given site and how you arrived at our Website. You can opt out
of Google Analytics cookies by visiting http://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout.
How Can I Disable Cookies Using my Browser?
Most browsers have cookies turned on as a default, but you can always disable cookies
or only allow non-persistent cookies via your browser preferences. Please note that
if you choose to disable cookies this will adversely affect the functionality on
the Website and you won’t be able to enjoy it as much.
You can set your browser to delete cookies every time you finish browsing. Users
can also set their browser to prompt them each time a cookie is offered. Find out
more by visiting the ‘Help’ sections on your browser for more information. Alternatively,
you can visit www.aboutcookies.org which contains comprehensive information on how
to disable cookies on a wide variety of browsers.