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Cookies on our service

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Cookie settings

We use 2 types of cookie.

Strictly necessary cookies

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They always need to be on.

Cookies that measure website use

We use Google Analytics to measure how you use the website so we can improve it based on user needs. Google Analytics sets cookies that store anonymised information about:

We do not allow Google to use or share the data about how you use this site.

Technical details

Name Purpose Expires
_gat Tracks your current session activity When you close your browser
_gid Identifies you to 24 hours
_ga These help us count how many people visit by tracking if you’ve visited before Two years


Name Purpose Expires
cookie_preferences Remembers your cookie preferences (defaults to opt out) 28 days
seen_cookie_message Remembers if you have seen the cookie message 28 days
_ofs Used to validate your application When you close your browser