WHAT ARE COOKIES AND HOW DO THEY WORK?
Cookies are small text files that are sent to, and stored on, your computer, smartphone or other device for accessing the internet, whenever you visit a website. Cookies are useful because they allow us to tailor the website’s user experience to you (for example, by remembering previous preferences you have set).
Once you agree, the file is added and the cookie helps analyse web traffic or lets us know when you visit a particular site. Cookies allow web applications to respond to you as an individual. The web application can tailor its operations to your needs, likes and dislikes by gathering and remembering information about your preferences.
This policy refers to ‘cookies’ throughout. However, it also includes these similar technologies. These include Flash cookies or Local Shared Objects, also known as LSOs. Read more about them at http://www.allaboutcookies.org/privacy-concerns/.
You can choose to accept or decline cookies. Most web browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can usually modify your browser setting to decline cookies if you prefer. This may prevent you from taking full advantage of the website.
THE FOLLOWING COOKIES ARE USED ON THIS WEBSITE
Session cookie – This cookie is a ‘session cookie’ and tells us that you are website administrator and are actively using our site. This cookie allow us to know how many users are visiting the website, at any given time. Session cookies expire on exit, which means that they only last for your online session and they disappear from your computer, or device, when you close your browser
COOKIES SET BY THIRD-PARTY SERVICES INSTALLED ON THIS SITE
_ga – Google Analytics cookie. This cookie is used to distinguish unique users by assigning a randomly generated number as a client identifier. It is included in each page request in a site and used to calculate visitor, session and campaign data for the sites analytics reports.
_gt – Google Analytics cookie. It is used to throttle the request rate – limiting the collection of data on high traffic sites. It expires after 10 minutes.
_gid – Google Analytics cookie. It is used to throttle the request rate – limiting the collection of data on high traffic sites. It expires after 24 hours.
The ARHM website uses ‘analytics’ cookies to help us make the website better for those who visit it regularly. They help us work out what users like and don’t like, as well as ways we can improve the website and its content.
It is possible to opt out of having your anonymised browsing activity within websites recorded by analytics cookies. The ARHM uses Google Analytics and you can opt out of their cookies by clicking on the following link https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout.
HOW TO MANAGE COOKIES
Please remember that cookies are often used to enable and improve certain functions on a website. If you choose to switch certain cookies off, it is likely to affect how websites work. If you block cookies completely, many websites will not work properly and some functionality on these websites will not work at all. This is very important because any settings that you change in your browser will not just affect the ARHM cookies, but will also apply to other websites that you visit (unless you choose to block cookies from particular sites).
Most modern browsers will allow you to:
- see the cookies that have been set and delete them on an individual basis
- block third party cookies
- block cookies from particular sites
- block all cookies from being set
- delete all cookies when you close your browser
If you wish to amend your cookie preferences for this website, or any other websites, you can do this through your browser settings. Your browser’s ‘help’ function will tell you how to do this.