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Cookies and how they Benefit You

Our website uses cookies, as almost all websites do, to help provide you with the best experience we can. Cookies are small text files that are placed on your computer or mobile phone when you browse websites

Our cookies help us:

  • Make our website work as you'd expect
  • Save you having to login every time you visit the site
  • Remember your settings during and between visits
  • Improve the speed/security of the site
  • Continuously improve our website for you

We do not use cookies to:

  • Collect any personally identifiable information (without your express permission)
  • Collect any sensitive information (without your express permission)
  • Pass data to advertising networks
  • Pass personally identifiable data to third parties
  • Pay sales commissions

You can learn more about all the cookies we use below

Granting us permission to use cookies

If the settings on your software that you are using to view this website (your browser) are adjusted to accept cookies we take this, and your continued use of our website, to mean that you are fine with this. Should you wish to remove or not use cookies from our site you can learn how to do this below, however doing so will likely mean that our site will not work as you would expect.

The functions of our website cookies

We use cookies to make our website work including:

  • Determining if you are logged in or not
  • Remembering your search settings (looking for a person or a place in our database)
  • Showing you which pages you have recently visited
  • Allowing you to add comments to our site
  • Adding bookmarks if required
  • Cookies are also set by Google by the use of embedded Google maps

There is no way to prevent these cookies being set other than to not use our site.

Anonymous Visitor Statistics Cookies

We use cookies to compile visitor statistics such as how many people have visited our website, what type of technology they are using (their operating system: e.g. Mac or Windows; browser and version: eg Firefox or IE9; screen resolution eg 800x600 or 1280x1024 which helps to identify when our site isn't working as it should for particular technologies), how long they spend on the site, what page they look at etc. This helps us to continuously improve our website. These so called 'analytics' programs also tell us, on an anonymous basis, how people reached this site (e.g. from a search engine), whether they have been here and from what part of the world they are reading our pages.

We use:

  • Google Analytics
  • Piwik Analytics
  • Statcounter *
  • Flagcounter *

* The aggregated results of these counts are presented on our home page.

Turning cookies off

You can usually switch cookies off generally by adjusting your browser settings to stop it from accepting cookies (Learn how here). Doing so however will likely limit the functionality of our's and a large proportion of the world's websites as cookies are a standard part of most modern websites

It may be that your concerns around cookies relate to so called "spyware". Rather than switching off cookies in your browser you may find that anti-spyware software achieves the same objective by automatically deleting cookies considered to be invasive. Learn more about managing cookies with antispyware software.

The cookie information text on this site was derived from content provided by Attacat Internet Marketing , a marketing agency based in Edinburgh. If you need similar information for your own website you can use their free cookie audit tool.

Added: May 26th 2012
Last updated: July 10th 2012

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