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Cookies

What are cookies?

A cookie is a little text file composed of alphanumeric characters, which is created on your computer when your browser accesses a website that uses cookies. These cookies are used to help your browser navigate our website and fully use all its features like logins, preferences, among other common features.

When someone visits our website we collect standard internet log information and details of visitor behaviour patterns. We do this to find out things such as the number of visitors to the various parts of the our website. We collect this information in a way which does not identify anyone.

We use Google Analytics to help analyse use of our website. This analytical tool uses ‘cookies’, which are text files placed on your computer, to collect standard internet log information and visitor behaviour information in an anonymous form. The information generated by the cookie about your use of the website (including your IP address) is transmitted to Google. This information is then used to evaluate visitors’ use of the website and to compile statistical reports on website activity. To find out more about cookies, including how to control and delete them, visit www.allaboutcookies.org, or to opt out of being tracked by Google Analytics across all websites visit http://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout.

Names of the Cookies used by Google Analytics (you can find out far more about these cookies than you probably want to know at Google’s page about their cookies):
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This cookie is typically written to the browser upon the first visit to your site from that web browser. This cookie is used to determine unique visitors to your site and it is updated with each page view.
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This cookie is used to establish and continue a user session with your site. When a user views a page on your site, the Google Analytics code attempts to update this cookie. If it does not find the cookie, a new one is written and a new session is established. Each time a user visits a different page on your site, this cookie is updated to expire in 30 minutes, thus continuing a single session for as long as user activity continues within 30-minute intervals.
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This cookie is no longer used by the ga.js tracking code to determine session status.
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This cookie stores the type of referral used by the visitor to reach your site, whether via a direct method, a referring link, a website search, or a campaign such as an ad or an email link. It is used to calculate search engine traffic, ad campaigns and page navigation within your own site. The cookie is updated with each page view to your site.

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