What are cookies?
A cookie (web cookie, or browser cookie) is a small file (or a small piece of data) which your computer stores when you visit a website. This website uses these files for a number of things but mainly to track which pages you visit on the website and what you are searching for. In some cases cookies also help in any interaction between you and the website, such as when using social media such as Facebook and Twitter.
For a more details read more about cookies on Wikipedia.
To help us do this we use the popular Google Analytics system which shows us what our most popular sections are, what our users type into Google to find us and how effective our news and advertising campaigns are. Note this information is essentially anonymous. Google analytics records your IP address, but we don’t use that beyond assuming a visit from the same IP address in the same session is the same person. We also use a WordPress specific statistics plugin provided via wordpress.com. This provides less detailed (but still useful) information about the pages you visit, and the searches you used to find us.
What do these cookies look like?
If you check your web browser settings for the cookies that our site has stored on your computer you should see:
|Cookie Name||Purpose||Cookie Identifier|
|Google Analytics||Tracks how you use our website, which areas you visit and how you found our website. Also tells us about how you accessed our site (if you used a mobile or PC) and how long you spent reading information||__utma
|wordpress.com statistics||Tracks how you use our website, which pages you visit and how you found our website.||__qca|
|News comments||Used when you comment on any of our news articles or blog posts.||comment_author_
Other ways you browser receives cookies via our website
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