Dated 1st November 2019
What is a cookie?
Cookies are small text files which are downloaded onto the hard drive of your computer, smart phone, or any other mobile device you use to access a website. Cookies store information about your device’s operating system, browsing behaviour, connection type, and IP address.
What type of cookies do we use?
We use the following cookies:
- Strictly necessary cookies. These are cookies that are required for the operation of our website.
- Analytical or performance cookies. These allow us to recognise and count the number of visitors and to see how visitors move around our website when they are using it. This helps us to improve the way our website works, for example, by ensuring that users are finding what they are looking for easily.
- Functionality cookies. These are used to recognise you when you return to our website. This enables us to personalise our content for you, greet you by name and remember your preferences (for example, your choice of language or region).
- Targeting cookies. These cookies record your visit to our website, the pages you have visited and the links you have followed. We will use this information to make our website more relevant to your interests. We may also share this information with third parties for this purpose.
Third party cookies
This website uses analytics services provided by Google, which involves use of Google Analytics cookies. Website analytics refers to a set of tools used to collect and analyse anonymous usage information, enabling the BBRS to better understand how the website is used. This, in turn, enables the BBRS to improve the website and the services offered through it. You do not have to allow the BBRS to use Google Analytics cookies, however its use of them does enable the BBRS to continually improve the website, making it a better and more useful experience for you.
With respect to the Google Analytics cookies, please note that the BBRS will ensure that the last octet of your IP address is masked when the BBRS provides information to Google, that it does not use any other Google services in combination with Google Analytics cookies and that it does not share any data with Google for advertisement purposes. To opt out of being tracked by Google Analytics across all websites visit https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout.
Most web browsers allow some control of most cookies through the browser settings. To find out more about cookies, including how to see what cookies have been set and how to manage and delete them, visit https://www.allaboutcookies.org.
When do cookies expire?
Cookies can remain on your computer for different periods of time. Some cookies are ‘session cookies’, meaning that they exist only while your browser is open. These are deleted automatically once you close your browser. Other cookies are ‘permanent cookies’, meaning that they survive after your browser is closed. They can be used by websites to recognise your computer when you open your browser and browse the internet again.
How do I block cookies?
You can block cookies by activating the setting on your browser that allows you to refuse the setting of all or some cookies. However, if you use your browser settings to block all cookies (including essential cookies) you may not be able to access all or parts of our website.