A cookie is a small file which asks permission to be placed on your computer’s hard drive. Once you agree, the file is added and the cookie helps analyse web traffic or lets you know when you visit a particular site. Cookies allow web applications to respond to you as an individual. The web application can tailor its operations to your needs, likes and dislikes by gathering and remembering information about your preferences.
We use traffic log cookies to identify which pages are being used. This helps us analyse data about web page traffic and improve our website in order to tailor it to customer needs. We only use this information for statistical analysis purposes and then the data is removed from the system.
Overall, cookies help us provide you with a better website, by enabling us to monitor which pages you find useful and which you do not. A cookie in no way gives us access to your computer or any information about you, other than any data you choose to share with us, for example via our enquiry form.
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The main purpose of Google Universal Analytics cookies is performance and web usage measurement.
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This cookie is used to distinguish unique users by assigning a randomly generated number as a client identifier. It is included in each page request in a site and used to calculate visitor, session and campaign data for the sites analytics reports.
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This cookie appears to store and update a unique value for each page visited.
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This cookie is used to throttle the request rate. It does not store any user information and is used to limit the number of requests that have to be made to our website.
Most web browsers allow some control of cookies through the browser settings. To find out more about cookies, including how to see what cookies have been set and how to manage or delete them, visit the About Cookies website (opens in new window).
You can choose to block the cookies that are set by the TDRA website, however you must be aware that doing so may mean that parts of the site will not work correctly.
The law that controls how cookies are used on websites has changed. There is more information on the Information Commissioners website (opens in new window).