‘Cookies’ are small text files on your device, e.g. a computer or smartphone. They are created by your web browser when you visit a website.
Every time you go back to that website, your browser will send the cookie file back to the website’s server. Cookies allow a website to recognise a user’s device and customise web content accordingly.
Cookies are used to enable us to improve services for you through, for example:
- remembering if you are logged in so you can move around the website without having to log in again on each page (for example if you are in the checkout of our online shop);
- measuring how many people are viewing each page of the website and for how long, so that we can try to improve the quality of our website;
- enabling you to view content hosted on other sites, e.g. Vimeo or Twitter.
Our website also carries embedded ‘share’ buttons to enable users to share pages through social media platforms, for example Facebook or Twitter. These sites may also set a cookie when you are also logged in to their service. We cannot control the dissemination of these cookies and you should check the relevant third party website for more information.
We do not carry third party advertising on our website and we do not use Google Adwords.
The website www.aboutcookies.org contains comprehensive information on how to control cookie settings on a wide variety of browsers. You will also find details on how to delete cookies from your computer. For information on how to do this on the browser of your mobile phone, refer to your handset manual.
You can also find out more about cookies on the Information Commissioner’s Office website at: https://ico.org.uk/for-the-public/online/cookies/ .
The QNI has performed a ‘cookie audit’ to check which cookies are operating on our website (May 2012). Our site uses the minimum cookies required for it to operate as intended and we believe that this is acceptable in the context of the EU e-Privacy Directive introduced on 26 May 2012.