Our Cookies Policy
To quote one of the 20th century’s most influential public figures: “Cookies!”.
Yes, this is our Cookies Policy. We should clarify, in case you’ve been misled by the above gif, this page is quite long and is all about the dull but essential computer kind of cookies and not the delicious, mouth-watering baked goods kind of cookies.
What are cookies?
OK, here comes the science part.
A cookie is a piece of data sent to your device (think “a phone”, “a tablet” or “a computer”) from a website (think “a website”). This means the website (possibly the one you just thought of or maybe a different one) can recognise your device (definitely the same one you thought of earlier) if you return to the same website (again, definitely the one you thought of earlier). Hope that’s clear.
While this might sound creepy, don’t panic, cookies don’t contain any personal information about you and cannot be used to identify an individual user.
Cookies do, however, often include a unique identifier, which is an anonymous number (randomly generated just like the Premium Bonds) and is stored on your device.
Some cookies are deleted from your device when you leave the website or close the browser; others remain on your device for longer. This adds an exciting element of jeopardy to online shopping / looking up what film you saw the actor in who’s also in the film you’re currently watching, doesn’t it?
If you want more information about cookies — whether you’re curious to learn how a fundamental part of modern technology works or whether you’re having trouble sleeping at night — visit: http://www.aboutcookies.org
How to control and delete cookies
You can restrict or block the cookies set by our website, or indeed any other website, in your browser’s settings.
Genuinely helpfully, aboutcookies.org contains comprehensive information on how to do this on a wide variety of browsers. You will also find details on how to delete cookies from your device as well as more general information about cookies.
Beware! Restricting cookies may have a negative impact on the functionality of our website. We’re not sure. This is something we should find out for certain but we’ve been busy.
The information generated by the cookie about your use of this website (including your IP address!) is sent to and stored by Google on servers in the US of America.
Google uses this information for the purpose of evaluating your use of this website, compiling reports on website activity for website operators and providing other services relating to website activity and internet usage. That might sound pretty dull but believe us, those Google folks also know how to party.
Google may also transfer this information to third parties where required to do so by law, or where such third parties process the information on Google’s behalf.
Google will not associate your IP address with any other data held by Google.
By using this website, you consent to the processing of data about you by Google in the manner and for the purposes set out above. So no messing.
Phew. Made it to the end. Congrats.