What are cookies?
Cookies are little text files which are stored on the browser or hard drive of your computer or mobile device when you visit a webpage or application. Cookies work to make your experience browsing my site as smooth as possible and they remember your preferences so you don’t have to insert your details again and again.
There are different types of cookies. Some cookies come directly from my website and others come from third parties which place cookies on my site. Cookies can be stored for varying lengths of time on your browser or device. Session cookies are deleted from your computer or device when you close your web-browser. Persistent cookies will remain stored on your computer or device until deleted or until they reach their expiry date.
There are 2 varieties of cookies which operate on my website:
1. The essentials
Some cookies are essential for you to be able to experience the full functionality of my site. Without these cookies, some parts of my site just won’t work as they should.
2. The performance improvers
These cookies tell me about how you use the site and they help me to make it better. For example these cookies count the number of visitors to my website and see whether visitors sign up for a newsletter. This helps me to improve the way my site works, for example, by ensuring that users find what they are looking for easily.
Recognising any preferred settings.
Analysing how your use my site which helps me to troubleshoot any problems and to monitor its performance.
What type of cookies do I use?
Here are some examples of the main cookies on my site, what they do and how you can alter your settings to stop cookies.
Crumb, OptanonAlertBoxClosed, OptanonConsent, Google Analytics, GTM
These cookies are essentials and performance improvers. The first allows you to navigate my site and display the correct page for the device you are using.
To opt out of these cookies you will need to change the settings on your browser Cookie preferences. If you choose to block these cookies my website may not work as it should and any preferences you have may be lost.
Third Party cookies
The Google Analytics cookie help me analyze and traffic to my website. They distinguish unique users and throttle the request rate, track sources and I receive reports on this. Also it reports the type of device used and the country of origin. Google may provide this information to others if it is forced to do so by law. I cannot influence this. I haven’t given permission to use your information for other websites. Google Analytics does not supply your IP address and is anonymized as much as possible. Google says they’re GDPR-compliant.
Google Tag Manager:
I use this cookie to track how you interact with my site, including whether you sign up for a newsletter.
I use this to track you Cookie preferences.
How do you change cookie preferences or block cookies?
Within your browser you can choose whether you wish to accept cookies or not. Different browsers make different controls available to you. Generally, your browser will offer you the choice to accept, refuse or delete cookies at all times, or those from providers that website owners use i.e. third party cookies, or those from specific websites. Each browser’s website should contain instructions on how you can do this.
For further information please refer to: https://www.aboutcookies.org/how-to-delete-cookies/
If you block cookies on my website, you may be unable to access certain areas of my website and certain functions and pages will not work in the usual way.
I may update this Policy from time to time. If I make significant changes, I will let you know but please regularly check this Policy to ensure you are aware of the most updated version.