We use analytics cookies to collect information on website activity, such as the number of users who visit our website, the date and time of visits, the number of pages viewed, navigation patterns, what country and what systems users have used to access the site and, when entering our website from another website, the address of that web site. This information on its own does not identify an individual but it does provide us with statistics that can be used to analyse and improve our website.
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However, please remember that cookies are often used to enable and improve certain functions on our website. If you choose to switch certain cookies off, it will affect how our website works and certain functionality may not work.
More information about cookies can be found on www.allaboutcookies.org.
You can find more information about the individual cookies that we use and the purposes for which we use them below:
|Google Analytics*||Google Analytics use third and first-party cookies to collect information about how visitors use our website, helping us to optimise user experience.
The duration of the Google cookies, and further information about Google cookies, can be found at:
|_ga||This persistent cookie is used to distinguish users and expires after two years.|
|_gid||This persistent cookie is used to distinguish users and expires after 24 hours.|
|_gat||This persistent cookie is used to throttle the request rate (limiting the collection of data on high traffic sites) from Google Analytics. It expires after 10 minutes.|
|_utmc||This session cookie operates in conjunction with the __utmb cookie to determine whether the user is in a new session/visit. This cookie expires at the end of the browser session.|
|Google Tag Manager*||dc_gtm_||Google Tag Manager is used to manage all scripts on the website. This persistent cookie expires after 10 minutes. You can find more information about the types of cookies used by Google here: https://www.google.com/policies/technologies/types/|
|Cloudflare*||Cloudflare is a third party that provides content delivery network services for our website. A content delivery network or content distribution network (CDN) is a geographically distributed network of proxy servers and their data centres. The goal is to distribute service spatially relative to end-users to provide high availability and high performance. More information can be found about the cookies that Cloudflare uses here: https://support.cloudflare.com/hc/en-us/articles/200170156-What-does-the-Cloudflare-cfduid-cookie-do-|
|__cfduid||The __cfduid cookie is used by Cloudflare to identify individual clients behind a shared IP address and apply security settings on a per-client basis.|
|Microsoft Azure*||Microsoft Azure provides a cloud hosting platform for our website. The third party cookies that the platform uses are described below.|
|ARRAffinity||ARRAffinity is a cookie used to affinitize a client to an instance of an Azure Web App. e.g. if an app is scaled out to 10 instances, and a user accesses it from their browser, the ARRAffinity helps keep the user going back to the same app instance, instead of getting a random instance each time. This can be useful for some apps that keep user state in memory.|
|Region||Region||This cookie is used to store and determine the region location selected by the user.|
*Third party cookies subject to change