What is a cookie?
Cookies are text files containing small amounts of information which are downloaded to your device when you visit a website. Cookies are then sent back to the originating website on each subsequent visit, or to another website that recognises that cookie. Cookies enhance the user experience; for example some cookies allow the website to “remember” your actions or preferences over time so you don’t have to keep re-entering them whenever you come back to the site or browse from one page to another.
This means we automatically collect and store the following information about your visit to the Site: the internet domain and IP address from where you access the Site.
We use the following cookies:
- Strictly Necessary Cookies: There are certain types of cookies, which are essential, and for which, we do not require your agreement to store. This is in accordance with the PECR and these cookies are essential in order to enable you to move around the website and use its features, such as accessing secure areas of the website. These include:
- Remembering previous actions (e.g. user entered text) when navigating back to a page in the same session.
- Managing and passing security tokens to different services within a website to identify your status (e.g. logged in or not).
- To maintain tokens for the implementation of secure areas of the website.
- To route you to specific versions/applications of a service, such as might be used during a technical migration.
- Multimedia content player session cookies (such as flash player cookies) for the duration of a session.
- Load balancing session cookies for the duration of a session.
- Third-party social plug-in content sharing cookies (for members of a social network who have already logged in) which do not track users.
- Analytical/performance cookies - These cookies collect information about how visitors use a website, for instance which pages visitors go to most often, and if they get error messages from web pages. These cookies don’t collect information that identifies a visitor. All information these cookies collect is aggregated and therefore anonymous. It is only used to improve how our Website works.
Functionality cookies - These cookies allow the website to remember choices you make (such as your user name, language or the region you are in) and provide enhanced, more personal features. For instance, a website may be able to provide you with local weather reports or traffic news by storing in a cookie the region in which you are currently located. These cookies can also be used to remember changes you have made to text size, fonts and other parts of web pages that you can customise. They may also be used to provide services you have asked for such as watching a video or commenting on a blog. The information these cookies collect may be anonymised and they cannot track your browsing activity on other websites.
Cookies & Social Media
If you interact with Beaufort on a social network you may have cookies dropped on to your browsing device. We do not control the setting of, and accept no liability in connection with, these cookies – please look at the third-party websites for more information about what they do with cookies and how you can manage them.
Important Information About Cookies
Cookies cannot carry viruses or install malware and do not hamper the performance of your browsing device in any way.