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Cookies are small text files which are sometimes placed on your computer when you visit a website. They are widely used in order to make websites work, or work more efficiently and securely, as well as to provide information to the owners of the site. They can also be used to target you with advertising as you move from site to site.
For many people cookies raise issues about privacy, and we are anxious that you should understand how cookies are used on this site, and how you can take control of your browsing experience on the web.
There are broadly two types of cookie: “persistent” and “sessional”.
Sessional cookies are normally deleted automatically by your browser when you close it: they only remain during a single browsing session.
Persistent cookies are not deleted automatically unless you have adjusted your browser to do so; they remain until they expire, which could be quite a long time (a year or more). Persistent cookies hold information which is passed back to servers and are widely used to track user behaviour.
Cookies of both kinds can be set by the website you are browsing, in which case they are “first party” cookies; but they can also be set by other domains which are linked to the site you are browsing, for example through advertising or embedded content such as videos or social media feeds. These are “third party” cookies and most modern browsers allow you to choose to block third-party cookies, which are often used for tracking.
Cookies are actually just one example of a much wider and rapidly developing area of the web, web storage (also known as DOM storage). Cookies can only hold a tiny amount of information, but web storage (which can be sessional or persistent) allows for much more data to be stored on your computer (up to 1000 times more). When data is stored on your computer it is often called “local storage”.
You can manage web storage through your browser settings or through “extensions” which are available to add to many browsers. Like cookies, web storage can be a positive thing, giving users real benefits, but there are also genuine concerns about things which are effectively happening “behind your back” and without any explanation or consent.
This site does not currently make any first party use of persistent web storage.
This site does not set cookies to collect information about how visitors use our site. We do not carry advertising or directly or indirectly gather or share marketing information or any other data about site users.
The site does set sessional cookies (DYNSRV) which help our hosting server work efficiently, and help the site operate effectively. These cookies do not record personal or identifying information and will be deleted from your computer when you close your browser.
Third party cookies are issued by web services other than the website you’re browsing at the time, and can allow those web services to track you as you browse from site to site. Facebook and Google do this routinely, as do a number of other advertising networks. In the same way third parties may make some use of web storage. This site includes embedded material from other sites which will or may place cookies on your computer and may make use of web storage, but only if you actively engage with them (for example by watching a video or listening to an audio recording). Third party cookies will not be set if you simply navigate to a page which contains third party embedded material.
Currently these sites are YouTube, SoundCloud, Twitter, Facebook, Google+, Vimeo and LinkedIn. Some of these cookies will be persistent: in other words they will remain on your computer even when you leave this site and even when you have closed your browser and switched the computer off (they will expire after a period of time, but this may be as long as a year or more). These same sites may also set tracking cookies and cookies which will be used to target you with advertising as you browse other sites you visit.
Please note that if you choose to turn our cookies off through the consent banner, it will not affect the action of third parties, only of this site, and will only prevent us setting persistent cookies other than the “civicCookieControl” cookie.
You can easily remove such cookies, or prevent them ever being placed on your computer, by adjusting the settings on your browser. Most browsers allow you to opt out of third party cookies, while leaving first party cookies switched on.
This site will work perfectly well without third party cookies and we can take no direct responsibility for the cookie policies of other sites. However, we are concerned that you should understand what these third parties may do, and so we provide information below so that you can learn about their current cookie and web storage policies and how you can opt out or manage your relationship with them.
We embed in this site videos from Florian’s YouTube channel. When you visit pages with embedded videos Google and YouTube may set both sessional and persistent cookies if you watch a video. If you prevent these cookies being set, our site will work perfectly well. YouTube is part of Google and you can find full information about Google’s overall policies, as well as specific information about how YouTube and Google+ work, and how you can manage your privacy when interacting with Google products, by following the icon link above or:
We support an informed community of web users and encourage you to find out more if you are uncertain about the meaning or significance of any of this information. To find out more about cookies, including how to see what cookies have been set and how to manage and delete them, visit aboutcookies.org or allaboutcookies.org using the button links below. You can modify the settings in most web browsers to accept or deny all cookies, or to request your permission each time a site attempts to set a cookie, or to allow first party cookies and block third party ones. Some browsers (including Firefox, Opera and Chrome) can also be extended to provide additional privacy functions and we strongly recommend exploring these options.
Please use only the latest version of your browser: many updates are related to security issues and it is very important not to use outdated and insecure software. You should also make sure you have software installed which can detect and remove spyware as well as viruses.