Cookies are little size files stored on the computer of any individual accessing a website. They are created to hold tiny bits of data that pertain to the user and the website they are accessing. This data permits the website to provide tailored information to users and allows greater efficiency of site operations. As part of this data gathering process, we may collect information including site visit specifics such as IP address, referral sources, geographical location, type of browser used, and other specifics that relate to website visits and page views. This information may be used for purposes of marketing, monitoring, and improvements to the website itself. Through the use of our website you agree to the placement of cookies on the devices you are using.
Cookies in use on our website:
- Browser Session Cookie
- Googly Analytics
- Persistent cookies
Cookies are used to assist with analysing page flow, producing specific content, target advertising, service customisation, analysing of campaign effectiveness, and supporting online safety and trust.
- Many cookies are temporary, or ‘session cookies’. These are deleted automatically from the user’s hard drive after use.
- Users may decline cookies if their system allows for it, but this may impact site use and/or services.
- Cookies enable us to identify users and relay visit status.
- Third party cookies may be in effect from sites out of our control, such as webpages created by other users.
Each cookie is comprised of letters and numbers in file format that are stored on a user’s browser upon site access. This storage can identify a user’s choices and preferences during use and repeat visits to a site. While cookies themselves do not collect information, they are read by a server in partnership with a web browser to enable improved delivery of services and products such as prior purchases and account details.
Cookies held in browser memory generally contain the following:
- The name of the server that sent the cookie
- The cookie’s lifetime
- A number that is primarily randomly generated and unique.
Cookies are unique to the website server and can only be read and used by that server. Cookies are universally used for customising content and providing advertising based on behaviors and trends.
Cookies are categorised as session or persistent. Session cookies are only in use during the actual online session, and do not remain on the user’s browser after it has been closed. Persistent cookies remain after the browser is closed.
Web beacons may be used alone, or along with cookies. These are used for purposes including counting visitors and delivering cookies. Flash cookies may also be used, which are similar in operation to browser cookies.
Adjusting the settings on your browser can prevent cookies. Refer to your browser help for instructions on how to do this. Note that disabling cookies will impact the functions of visits to both our site and other sites you may visit. We do not recommend disabling cookies, but you are free to choose to disable cookies on your devices.
Third Party Cookies
We use the highly trusted and widely used Google Analytics to assist us in understanding how visitors use our site and how to improve the experience for users. The tracking utilised may include items such as time spent on the site and pages visited. Please visit the official Google Analytics page for more information.
At times, we may test features and changes on our site to determine options that best meet service needs. During this testing cookies may be utilised to ensure consistency and standards for our users whilst developing appropriate optimisations.