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By continuing to use this website, you consent to the processing of data about you by ICR in the manner and for the purposes set out below. You can set your preferences and details of how to do this are outlined below.

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.

Further information about managing cookie preferences is provided below.

How does the ICR use cookies?

Site functionality cookies

These cookies are necessary for the website to function and cannot be switched off in our systems. They are usually only set in response to actions made by you which amount to a request for services, such as setting your privacy preferences, logging in or filling in forms. The cookies we use are outlined below.

You can set your browser to block or alert you about these cookies, but some parts of the site will not then work. These cookies do not store any personally identifiable information.

Analytical cookies

Google Analytics

We use cookies for analytical purposes to help us make our website better for those who visit it regularly. They help us work out what users like and don’t like and how we can improve things.

In order to do this we only collect part of your IP address and information generated about the use of the website. We work with a trusted third party, Google Web Analytics, who process this information on our behalf.

Google Analytics is a web analytics service provided by Google inc. that enables us to measure how people use our website using cookies. We use this information to improve our website experience for website visitors and to measure the effectiveness of our online advertising.

You may also stop the transmission of information generated by the cookies about your use of the website and of your IP address to Google, by downloading and installing the Google Analytics Opt-out Browser Add-on.

_ga, _gid and _gat

These are performance cookies from Google Analytics which we use to collect information about how our visitors use the website. It uses partial IP address to do this.

We use this information to compile reports and to improve the website experience. The cookies collect information such as: the number of visitors to the website, where visitors have come from and the pages they visited. See Google's privacy policy for more details.


We use Hotjar in order to better understand our users’ needs. Hotjar is a technology service that helps us collect feedback from our users and better understand users behaviour.

Hotjar uses cookies and other technologies to collect data. This can include a device's IP address (stored in a de-identified form), device screen size, device type (unique device identifiers), browser information, geographic location (country only), and the preferred language used to display our website.

Information is stored in a pseudonymised user profile and Hotjar is contractually forbidden to sell any of the data collected on our behalf. We only use Hotjar if consent is granted via our website's cookie banner and use of Hotjar can be disabled at any time.

See the full list of cookies that might be set by Hotjar.

Advertising cookies

You might see ICR-branded advertisements when browsing other organisations websites. Some of these will be general campaign-related adverts but others will be tailored to your likely interests based upon previous web browsing activity.


The _qca cookie may use your “computer’s IP address, pixel code, referring HTTP location, current HTTP location, search string, time of the access, browser’s time, any searches made on the applicable website, and other statistics” in order to “analyze Log Data from different websites and combine it with other non-Personally Identifiable Information to produce the Reports that are made available on the Quantcast website, to enable web publishers and advertisers to deliver audience segments that are appropriate for their products or services".

How to control and delete cookies

It is easy to manage your cookies by adjusting your browser settings.


All browsers are different, but by adjusting your browser settings you can prevent your browsing from being tracked. Here are links to the help pages on the major browsers, where you can manage your cookie settings:


Advertising cookies

You can manage third-party advertising cookies through the Interactive Advertising Bureau website

Below is a list of our main advertising network partners, who set cookies on our website to provide targeted adverts relevant to you and your interests:

To opt out of their cookies follow the links provided above. Please note, this does not mean you will see fewer adverts; you will still see the same number, but they will be less targeted to your interests.

For further information about how we process personal data and your rights please view our privacy policy


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. This statement was last updated on 2018-05-31.