Cookie Policy

What's a cookie?

A "cookie" is a piece of information that is stored on your computer's hard drive, which records how you move your way around a website so that, when you revisit that website, it can present tailored options based on the information stored about your last visit. Cookies can also be used to analyse traffic and for advertising and marketing purposes.

Cookies are used by nearly all websites and do not harm your system.

If you want to check or change what types of cookies you accept, this can usually be altered within your browser settings. You can block cookies at any time 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 this site.

 

How does this site use cookies?

Cookies are used to track your use of this website. This enables me to understand how you use the site and track any patterns to help me develop and improve the website, as well as my services, in response to what you might need or want.

Cookies are either:

  • Session cookies - These are only stored on your computer during your web session and are automatically deleted when you close your browser – they usually store an anonymous session ID allowing you to browse a website without having to log in to each page but they do not collect any personal data from your computer; or
  • Persistent cookies - A persistent cookie is stored as a file on your computer and it remains there when you close your web browser. The cookie can be read by the website that created it when you visit that website again. I use persistent cookies for Squarespace and Google Analytics. 

 

Cookies can also be categorised as follows:

  • Strictly necessary cookies - These cookies are essential to enable you to use the website effectively, and therefore cannot be turned off. They may be set automatically when pages load, or as a result of a user request that cannot be fulfilled without the use of the cookie. These cookies do not gather information about you that could be used for marketing or remembering where you have been on the internet.
  • Functionality cookies - These cookies allow the site to remember choices you make and provide enhanced features. The information these cookies collect is usually anonymised.

This website uses some necessary and functional cookies to allow visitors to navigate and use key features on the site. For example, to help URL redirects to work, and to investigate if the browser being used supports cookies and prevents errors.

  • Performance cookies - These cookies are used to provide statistical information about the site that enable me to monitor and improve the performance of the site. For example, they allow me to count visits, identify traffic sources and see which parts of the site are most popular. Performance cookies are used by Squarespace and Google Analytics on this site.