Further Information About Our Use of Cookies

Cookies That Are Strictly Necessary

"Strictly Necessary" cookies let you move around the website and use essential features like secure areas and online billing. These cookies don't gather any information about you that could be used for marketing or remembering where you've been on the internet.

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This cookie is set to provide a unique identification of the User and is passed back to the server with each subsequent request. The cookie allows us to distinguish between requests from multiple Users vs. multiple requests from the same User. The information is used by many features of the Content Management System as well as the systems responsible for protecting the website from abuse (e.g. a Denial of Service attack).

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This cookie controls whether the "privacy options" tab has been shown to the use. The tab appears only once per session on the first page that the User lands on.

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These cookies are used to track cookie status preference to display privacy options.

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This cookie is used to identify what type of device is being used for our content management system (CMS).

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Session cookies used to remember where the user came from, used to display navigational assistance elements such as breadcrumb trails.
This is actually set in the browser Session Storage, which is a slightly different mechanism to cookies. It should be cleared when the user quits the browser. It is used to "cache" HTML menus that we generate dynamically, which helps to improve site speed and provide a better user experience.

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As above, these are technically Session Storage. We cache the HTML that we generate to speed things up as the user moves through the site.

Performance Cookies

"Performance" cookies collect information about how you use our website e.g. which pages you visit, and if you experience any errors. These cookies don't collect any information that could identify you – all the information collected is mostly anonymous and is only used to help us improve how our website works.

Google Analytics

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These cookies are used to collect data about how visitors use our site. We use the data to compile reports and to help us improve the site. We have taken privacy protection steps with our analytics implementation to anonymise the visitor IP address, turn off data collection for advertising, turn off the user-ID feature and turn off data sharing. Example data we collect includes the number of visitors to the site, where visitors have come to the site from and the pages they visited.
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Analytics

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These cookies are saved in Local Storage which is more permanent than Session. They are used for similar purposes to Analytics, to track repeat visits and the origin of conversions.

Other Cookies

These are cookies only occasionally used by Conscious Solutions (the technical team behind the site you are now on). The cookies are included here in case you find one and want more information.

Ruler Analytics

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(several like this)

Ruler Analytics is a system for tracking the source of website enquiries by phone or form submission.
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Cloudflare

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Cloudflare is a service that can be used to provide additional security and distributed processing to a large website.
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Google Analytics

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These cookies appear on older sites which use an old method to incorporating Google Analytics.

 

These cookies are used to collect data about how visitors use our site. The data is used to compile reports and to help improve the site. The cookies mostly collect anonymous data although Google do record the IP address but this is not shared with us. Example data we collect includes the number of visitors to the site, where visitors have come to the site from and the pages they visited.
More information from Google .

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