A cookie is a piece of data stored on the user’s hard drive while they are visiting a particular website. It contains simple information about the user’s identity but no personal information. When the user closes their browser, the cookie is destroyed.
You can choose to save login information in a cookie to enable faster login to a private area of this site. A notification is given before any such cookie is dropped, and the process is ultimately within your control. Even where this is used, the cookie still contains minimal authentication information, and does not contain any private or personal data.
_ga – These cookies are used to collect information about how visitors use our site. We use the information to compile reports and to help us improve the site. The cookies collect information in an anonymous form, including the number of visitors to the site, where visitors have come to the site from and the pages they visited. For more information visit developers.google.com
Server statistics / log files
Like almost all websites, we have access to server statistics. It is important for us to collect and monitor this information. We will use this information to analyse page visits to check popular pages and improve the site in response to usage. The server statistics are not designed to collect any individually identifiable information and the reports we receive are generally numerical and in graph format.
Alongside the server statistics, our Content Management System collects information on popular search terms used on the website. This allows us to arrange our pages better. We also store visitor path information to help us with future design considerations. In addition to this we analyse download popularity (numerical by month), which we use to organise the file libraries better.