Cookie Policy

Last updated January 2015

How we use cookies

A cookie is a small file, typically of letters and numbers, downloaded onto your device. Once you agree, the file is added and the cookie helps analyze web traffic or lets you know when you visit a particular site. Cookies allow web applications to respond to you as an individual. The web application can tailor its operations to your needs, likes and dislikes by gathering and remembering information about your preferences.

Cookie / Service
1st or 3rd Party
Source / Purpose
Google Analytics
These cookies are used to collect information about how visitors use our site. We use the information to compile reports and to help us improve the site. The cookies collect information in an anonymous form, including the number of visitors to the site, where visitors have come to the site from and the pages they visited.

Share This
These cookies are used by the third party social media widget used on our site, Share This. This service allows visitors to share any pages / articles on our site via your favourite social network.
Share This (Analytics)
These cookies are set by the Share This widget.  This cookie is set by and is associated with comScore who are used to get 3rd party measurement of audience size.
You Tube
These cookies are used when youtube is used to embed a video on a site a number of cookies are set.  These cookies do not collect information that identifies a user.
Session (our sever)

A session cookie is required to follow your progress through the website. It is essential to ensure that any information you enter or routes you take are remembered by the website. Without this cookie, every page you visited would treat you as a completely new visitor. This cookie does not identify you personally and is not linked to any other information we store about you.  These cookies are considered strictly necessary so no consent is required.

We use traffic log performance cookies to identify which pages are being used. They collect information about website usage to enhance the user’s experience and its performance.  This helps us analyze data about web page traffic and improve our website in order to tailor it to customer needs.  We use this information only for statistical analysis purposes and then the data is removed from the system.

Overall, cookies help us provide you with a better website, by enabling us to monitor which pages you find useful and which you do not. A cookie in no way gives us access to your computer or any information about you, other than the data you choose to share with us.

You can choose to accept or decline cookies. Most web browsers automatically accept cookies, but can usually be modified to decline cookies if you prefer. This may prevent you from taking full advantage of the website. All browser settings are different and we would recommend you use the help option in your browser menu to check your settings.

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Third party cookies

Our members upload their own content on a continuous basis and some of this content may contain tracking cookies which will change from time to time.

Links to other websites

Our website also contains links to other websites of interest, including our members own websites, however once you have used these links to leave our site, you should note that we do not have any control over that other website.  Therefore, we cannot be responsible for the protection and privacy of any information which you provide whilst visiting such sites and such sites are not governed by this privacy statement.  You should exercise caution and look at the privacy statement applicable to the website in question.

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