What are cookies?
Cookies are a small text file that is placed on your computer, tablet or mobile phone when you access our websites. They are not harmful to your devices (like a virus or malicious code) and allow you to use many of the useful features of our websites (like remembering information or answers that you have submitted to our website).
In the table below we set out what cookies we use on our websites and how they are used. To read the table it is useful to know the following:
Cookies have a lifetime. Some only last until you close your browser or a short time. These are called ‘session cookies’. Some last longer though, for example, to enable a website to recognise you when you return to them. These are called ‘persistent cookies’.
Cookies placed directly by a website owner (like us) are known as ‘first party cookies’ and most modern websites also use technology provided by other people/businesses. Cookies placed by other parties are known as ‘third party cookies’.
Strictly necessary cookies:
These cookies are essential to enable you to move around our website and use its features. We use these cookies to identify your unique journey through our website and allow your website to stay connected to the same server during your visit. These are third party cookies are set by our website operator SMG and, without these, you won’t be able to complete our survey.
We use these cookies to allow our website to remember the choice of language you make and also to allow you to use the Facebook links on our website. These are all third party, persistent cookies.
We use these cookies to collect information about how you use our websites, for example which pages you go to most often or if you get an error message to help us diagnose problems on our website. They help us improve how our website works. These are all third party cookies set by our website operator SMG.
How can you manage cookies?
We regularly review the cookies we and our suppliers use to continually improve our services to you. As a result, we will need to change this policy from time to time to keep it accurate and up to date. If we change this policy, we will tell you. That way you can check to see if you are happy with our new policy and adjust your browser settings if you want to before proceeding any further. Please look out for these notices in future when you are using our website.
If you want any further information about our approach to cookies and similar technologies, our websites in general or have any other privacy questions relating to us, we’d be happy to help you. Our contact details are set out here.
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