Cookies tell me if you have visited my website before and what your preferences are. I use a third party service, Google Analytics, to collect this information. I do this to find out things such as the number of visitors to the various parts of the site.
This information is only processed in a way which does not identify anyone. I do not make, and do not allow Google to make, any attempt to find out the identities of people visiting this website.
If I do want to collect personally identifiable information through this website, I will be up front about it. I will make it clear when I collect personal information and will explain what I intend to do with it.
What are cookies?
‘Cookies’ are small text files that are stored by the browser on your computer or mobile phone. They allow websites to store things like user preferences.
You can think of cookies as providing a ‘memory’ for the website, so it can recognise you when you come back.
The main sort of cookies used by this site are created by Google Analytics. These cookies tell me whether or not the site has been visited before by your browser.
I use Google Analytics because I want to know how many people visit my site, how often they visit and what they’re most interested in. I want to know because it helps me make changes to the site so more people visit.
Google Analytics cookies are anonymous, so I can’t use them to track what specific people are doing on our site. I use them to gather general statistics, such as the number of visits to a page.
Other organisations might set their own anonymous cookies. They do this to track the success of their application, or to customise the application for you. For example, when you share an article using a social-media sharing button, the social network that has created the button will record that you have done this. Because of how cookies work, my website cannot access these cookies, and the other organisation can’t access the data in cookies I use on my website.
I use MailChimp to keep in touch with my visitors and clients. MailChimp might create a cookie so my website knows if you are subscribed to email updates or not.
I don’t use any cookies for advertising yet. If I do, I will update this page.
How do you turn cookies off?
It is usually possible to stop your browser accepting cookies, or to stop it accepting cookies from a particular website.
All modern browsers allow you to change your cookie settings. You can usually find these settings in the ‘options’ or ‘preferences’ menu of your browser. To understand these settings, the following links might be helpful, or use the ‘Help’ option in your browser.