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Why we are asking you to accept “cookies”

On 26 May 2011, the law (called the “Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations”) changed relating to how website operators use cookies. The law comes into force on 26 May 2012 and brings with it stringent obligations and enforcement by the Information Commissioner. Non compliance is a criminal offence and could result in fines of up to a maximum of £500,000.

What is a cookie?

Cookies are text files containing small amounts of information which are downloaded to your device when you visit a website. Cookies are then sent back to the originating website on each subsequent visit. Cookies are useful because they allow a website to recognise a user’s device.

Cookies do lots of different jobs, like letting you navigate between pages efficiently, remembering your preferences and generally improving the user experience.

The cookies used on this website are categorised as:
  • Performance cookies:  they collect information about how visitors use our website, for instance which pages they go to most often and if they get error messages from web pages. These cookies do not collect information that identifies a visitor. All information these cookies collect is aggregated and therefore anonymous. It is only used to improve how our website works and to provide web analytics. This allows us to recognise and count the number of visitors and to see how visitors move around the website when they are using it. We can then use this information to improve the way our website works, for example by making sure users are finding what they need easily.
  • Functionality cookies:  these cookies allow our website to remember choices you make. They remember changes you have made to text size, fonts and other parts of web pages that you can customise, to improve your experience.
  • Service cookies:  these cookies are essential in order to enable you to move around the website and use its features, such as accessing secure areas. They will only apply to members of our M-PACT Forum.
Reference Source: ICC UK Cookie Guide April 2012 / ICO Guidance on the rules on use of cookies and similar technology

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