What are cookies?

Cookies are small text files that websites store on the visitors machine for various reasons most notably to improve the functionality and performance of the site.
According to W3Schools, a cookie is a variable that is stored on the visitor's computer. Each time the same computer requests a page with a browser, it will send the cookie too.

Cookies regulations

On 26th May 2012 all UK websites must offer users opt-in consent tools to allow cookies that pass information about your browsing activities. This Cookie Law is amended privacy legislation that requires websites to obtain informed consent from visitors before they can store or retrieve any information on a computer or any other web connected device.

Disclosure of personal information

In many circumstances we will not disclose personal data without consent. However when we investigate a complaint, for example, we will need to share personal information with the organisation concerned and with other relevant bodies. Further information is available in our Information Charter about the factors we shall consider when deciding whether information should be disclosed.

Our sites visitors

As per our effort to provide the best possible service to our users, you will find a list of all the cookies used in all our sites and you will be able to opt out of any of them if you wish to.

What can happen if you opt out?

If you decide not to allow any cookies to be stored on your machine, you might expect various difficulties and performance issues and you will not experience the site as we intended you do.

Cookie Name Source Purpose
__utma, __utmb, __utmc, __utmz google Analytics Google analytics related cookies. To gather website visit statistics
cookie_accepted Qbic technologies To determine whether the user has accepted the use of cookies on the site or not