Each website can send its own cookie to your browser if your browser’s preferences allow it, but (to protect your privacy) your browser only permits a website to access the cookies it has already sent to you, not the cookies sent to you by other websites. Many websites do this whenever a user visits their website in order to track online traffic flows.
Cookies cannot be used to identify you personally. A cookie in no way gives access to your computer or any information about you, other than the data you choose to share.
- log information about your online preferences (e.g. language choice)
- measure how many people are using our services and information
- analyse how our services are used and enable us to improve them.
Cookies are useful to you because you have access to all the features on a website, your preferences can be personalised, and you can keep track of which pages you have visited.
Cookies used by CAVS
- Google Analytics: CAVS uses Google Analytics tracking software to gain meaningful reports about our website visitors. Google Analytics cookies do not collect personal data. For more information read Google’s website about Cookies Set by Google Analytics.
- Comment box: If you submit a comment via one of the comment boxes on our websites, the website software WordPress sets cookies recording the information that you have entered (name, email address, URL). http://codex.wordpress.org/WordPress_Cookies This is for convenience, so that you won’t need to re-type the information again to leave another comment. The commenter cookies are set to expire a little under one year from the time they’re set.
- YouTube cookies: CAVS embeds YouTube videos using YouTube’s privacy-enhanced mode. This mode may set cookies on your computer once you click on the YouTube video player, but YouTube will not store personally-identifiable cookie information for playbacks of embedded videos using the privacy-enhanced mode. To find out more please visit YouTube’s embedding videos information page.
- Language choice: CAVS uses language translation software called Qtranslate to create a bilingual website. The software uses a cookie to remember your language choice, and is deleted at the end of your browsing session.
Managing your cookies
If you wish to restrict, block, or delete cookies which are set by websites, you can do this through your computer browser (e.g. Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, Safari) settings. The Help function within your browser should tell you how. For information on how to do this on the browser of your mobile phone you will need to refer to your handset manual.
- www.aboutcookies.org – details on how to delete cookies from your computer as well as more general information about cookies.
- Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) Website – EU Cookie Directive.
Page updated May 2012