What is a cookie?
A cookie, also known as an HTTP cookie, web cookie, or browser cookie, is a piece of data stored by a website within a browser, and then subsequently sent back to the same website by the browser. Cookies were designed to be a reliable mechanism for websites to remember things that a browser had done there in the past, which can include having clicked particular buttons, logging in, or having read pages on that site months or years ago.
Cookies cannot carry viruses, and cannot install malware on the host computer. Tracking cookies and especially third-party tracking cookies are commonly used as ways to compile long-term records of individuals' browsing histories.
Other kinds of cookies perform essential functions, for example, authentication cookies are the most common method used by web servers to know whether the user is logged in or not, and under which account.
Users have the opportunity to set their devices to accept all cookies, to notify them when a cookie is issued, or not to receive cookies at any time. The last of these means that certain personalised features cannot then be provided to that user and accordingly they may not be able to take full advantage of all of the website's features.
Each browser is different; so check the ‘Help’ menu of your browser to learn how to change your cookie preferences.
This website uses Urchin and Google Analytics, web analytics services. The information generated by the cookie about your use of the website (including your IP address) is transmitted to and stored by ICR on our servers. We use this information to help us analyse the profile of our visitors and help us to provide you with a better user experience. We also use the information to compile reports on website activity to create a better website experience for our users.
We may also transfer this information to third parties where required to do so by law, or where such third parties process the information on the ICR’s behalf.
We will not associate your IP address with any personal data held by the ICR.
By using this website, you consent to the processing of data about you by ICR in the manner and for the purposes set out above.
Types of cookies the ICR uses
Urchin Analytics is a web analytics service which sets a cookie in order to evaluate your use of the website and compile reports for us on activity on the website to help us provide a better user experience for our visitors.
The cookies are named:
We 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.
Google Analytics is a similar service to Urchin, provided by Google, Inc. Google Analytics sets a cookie in order to further evaluate your use of the website and compile reports for us on activity on the website.
The cookies are identical to Urchin:
We collect information in an anonymous form and Google stores the information on servers in the USA. Google may also transfer this information to third parties where required to do so by law, or where such third parties process the information on Google's behalf.
If you wish to restrict or block the cookies which are set by the ICR website, you can do this through your browser settings. The ‘Help’ function within your browser should tell you how.
Alternatively, you may wish to visit www.aboutcookies.org which contains comprehensive information on how to do this on a wide variety of browsers. You will also find details on how to delete cookies from your computer as well as more general information about cookies. For information on how to do this on the browser of your mobile phone you will need to refer to your handset manual.
Please be aware that restricting cookies may impact on the functionality of the ICR website.
We reserve the right to amend this cookie statement. If we do so, we will post notice of the change on our website and you will be deemed to have accepted such changes.