I may change this policy from time to time by updating this page. You should check this document from time to time to ensure that you are happy with any changes. This policy is effective from 4th December 2014.
A cookie is a small file which asks permission to be placed on your computer’s hard drive. Once you agree, the file is added and the cookie helps analyse web traffic or lets you know when you visit a particular site. Cookies allow web applications to respond to you as an individual. The web application can tailor its operations to your needs, likes and dislikes by gathering and remembering information about your preferences.
On this site, I use traffic log cookies via Google Analytics to identify which pages are being used. This helps me analyse data about web page traffic and improve my website. I only use this information for statistical analysis purposes. The five Google Analytics cookies in use on this site are:
__utma – A cookie which tracks the number of times a visitor has been to the site, when their first visit was, and when their last visit occurred.
__utmb & __utmc – These cookies are used to track how long a particular visit on our website lasts.
__utmt – Indicates the type of request, which is one of event, transaction, item, or custom variable. If this value is not present in the GIF request, the request is typed as a page.
__utmz – This cookie tracks which site or search engine the visitor came from, the link clicked or keyword used, and the visitor’s geographic location.
DYNSRV – This cookie is used by our web hosting providers load balancer to provide you with the fastest possible load times. This cookie expires when you close your browser.
mailmunch_ – There are several cookies that you may encounter, starting with mailmunch_. These are used to track whether or not you have signed up for my newsletter. These are typically set to expire at differing times, from when you close your browser to up to one year later. These cookies may be blocked with little effect to your browsing experience.
Overall, cookies help to provide you with a better website experience by enabling me to monitor which pages you find useful and which you do not. A cookie in no way gives me access to your computer or any information about you, other than what you choose to share.
You may choose to accept or decline cookies. Most web browsers automatically accept cookies; however, you can usually modify your browser setting to decline cookies if you prefer, but this may prevent you from taking full advantage of the website and may affect your browsing experience.
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Updated: Friday 18th March 2016