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PERFORMANCE COOKIES These cookies collect information about how visitors use a website, for instance which pages visitors go to most often, and if they get error messages from web pages. These cookies don’t collect information that identifies a visitor. They are used for statistical purposes, we use Google analytics and Yahoo analytics to help us understand how our visitors find us and move around our website. 60% of the top websites in the world use these services too.
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TARGETING & ADVERTISING COOKIES (these are the ones that show you adverts) These cookies are used to deliver adverts more relevant to you and your interests as well as help measure the effectiveness of advertising campaigns. They are placed by advertising networks with our permission. We use double click part of Google to supply our visitors with relevant adverts. We use them because they work hard to make sure that ads are safe, unobtrusive and as relevant as possible. These cookies remember browsing habits such as websites visited or searches and will help show you adverts that may interest you on our website and other websites you may visit. They do not identify you personally in any way. You may stop these cookies in your browser setting, but it does not stop you seeing generic adverts it simply stops targeted adverts that may interest you. The revenue generated from advertising is what keeps the Internet free and is also the only way that we make our living! These cookies do not identify you personally.
Local cookies: only used by our website
Google Analytics: used for collecting anonymous site usage data Name: _utmt expires: session cookie Name: _utma expires: up to 2 years Name: _utmb expires: after 30 minutes Name: _utmc expires: when browser closes Name: _utmz expires: after 6 months
Yahoo Analytics: used to collect anonymous site usage data
Third Party Cookies (served on our website by third parties to show adverts)
Double Click (Google Adsense): used to supply relevant targeted adverts of interest to visitors. When a browser has a cookie recognised as Double Click it prompts the Double Click server to load a relevant advert for you on our or subsequent website offering Double Click advertising.
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