When we provide services, we want to make them easy, useful and reliable. Where services are delivered on the internet, this sometimes involves placing small amounts of information on your device, for example, computer or mobile phone. These include small files known as cookies. They cannot be used to identify you personally.
What are cookies?
Cookies are tiny text files that websites save to your computer or device.The cookies used by our website do not contain any of your personal information, and we can’t use them to find out who you are. A cookie often includes a randomly generated number that’s stored on your device. Many cookies are automatically deleted after you finish using the website.
Improve users’ experience of our website
Measure website performance
Support users’ sharing of information
through social media
What do cookies help us do?
Recognise your device so you don’t have to repeatedly give the same information, like when you’re filling in forms
Recognise that you may have already given a username and password so you don’t need to do it for every requested web page
Measure how many people are using different parts of the site, so we can make them easier to use and ensure there’s enough capacity to make them fast
Analyse anonymised data to help us understand how people interact with our website so we can make it better
Changing your browser settings
You can make changes to the way your browser manages cookies. Here are links to the four most popular: