What are cookies?
Cookies are small text files that websites use to enhance a website’s functionality as well as to gather information about a user’s movements around the site. Recent changes to the European Union’s privacy and electronic communications directive state that unless they are essential to the operation of the site, websites must now ask users to give their consent for cookies to be stored on their computers. If a website user consents to enable cookies on a website, then these small text files are placed on the user’s computer hard drive.
The information these cookies contain can then be used by the website server whenever the user visits the site. Essentially, cookies allow a website to remember their users, which makes the interaction between user and website faster and easier. Not allowing cookies might impact on how efficiently a user can browse the website.
What cookies does this website use and why?
There are different types of cookies that do different things. We use various types of cookies to optimise the user experience, which you can read about below.
These cookies are secure and essential to the smooth running of the site:
ASP.NET-SessionId - Used to retain the session state across multiple pages and expires when the browser is closed.
CMSCurrentTheme - Used by the Content Management System (CMS) to store the name of the current visual theme to provide proper design to the dialog windows.
CMSPreferredCulture - Stores the visitor's preferred content culture.
VisitorStatus - Overall status of the visitor to track the site visitors within the web analytics.