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Cookies on this websiteWe use both session and persistent cookies on this website, for the following purposes:
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- to recognise your computer when you visit our website;
- to improve the website’s usability;
- to analyse the use of our website;
- to connect to 3rd party services of benefit;
Google AnalyticsWe use Google Analytics to track visitors experience so we can continually improve our site and provide you with the most relevant information. This site uses Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google, Inc. Google Analytics sets number of cookies (default is 4) in order to evaluate your use of the site and compile reports for us on activity on the site. Google stores the information collected by the cookie on servers in the United States. Google may also transfer this information to third parties where required to do so by law, or where such third parties process the information on Google’s behalf. Google will not associate your IP address with any other data held by Google. Google Incare members of the US Safe Harbor Scheme. This scheme allows the transfer of data from within the EEA to countries that are outside of the EEA without having to enter into a specific data transfer agreement. Companies that sign up to the scheme are deemed to provide adequate protection for personal data transmitted from Europe. Google Inc’s registration is at http://safeharbor.export.gov/companyinfo.aspx?id=10543. For more information on the cookies set by Google Analytics please go to:http://code.google.com/apis/analytics/docs/concepts/gaConceptsCookies.html. Google has also created their own plugin for opting out of Analytics tracking, available from: http://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout.
Blocking cookiesMost browsers allow you to refuse to accept cookies. For example:
- In Internet Explorer you can refuse all cookies by clicking “Tools”, “Internet Options”, “Privacy”, and selecting “Block all cookies” using the sliding selector;
- In Firefox you can block all cookies by clicking “Tools”, “Options”, and un-checking “Accept cookies from sites” in the “Privacy” box.
Deleting cookiesYou can also delete cookies already stored on your computer:
- In Internet Explorer, you must manually delete cookie files (you can find instructions for doing so at http://support.microsoft.com/kb/278835);
- In Firefox, you can delete cookies by, first ensuring that cookies are to be deleted when you “clear private data” (this setting can be changed by clicking “Tools”, “Options” and “Settings” in the “Private Data” box) and then clicking “Clear private data” in the “Tools” menu.