How we use cookies

A cookie is a small file which asks permission to be placed on your computer's hard drive. The file is added and the cookie helps analyse web traffic or lets you know when you visit a particular site. Cookies allow web applications to respond to you as an individual. The web application can tailor its operations to your needs, likes and dislikes by gathering and remembering information about your preferences.

We use traffic log cookies to identify which pages are being used. This helps us analyse data about webpage traffic and improve our website in order to tailor it to client needs. We only use this information for statistical analysis purposes.

Overall, cookies help us provide you with a better website by enabling us to monitor which pages you find useful and which you do not. A cookie in no way gives us access to your computer or any information about you, other than the data you choose to share with us.

You can choose to accept or decline cookies. Most web browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can usually modify your browser setting to decline cookies if you prefer. This may prevent you from taking full advantage of the website.

Certain cookies will be deleted from your computer when you close your browser, others will remain stored on your computer until deleted, or until they reach a specified expiry date. The following table sets out the cookies that we use:

Used By Name Expiry Date Displays relevant cookie information for the website.
EU Cookie Compliance app-decibel-compliance-cookieacceptance When you close the browser This cookie is used to record the types of cookies a user is willing to accept on this web site.
User Preferences app-decibel-regional-language When you close the browser This cookie is used to record a user's language preference.
Google Analytics _utma 2 years These cookies are used to collect information about how people use the website. This allows us to make sure the website is meeting your needs, and help us understand what we could improve. See the Google Analytics Privacy Policy for more details.
_utmb 30 minutes
_utmc When you close the browser
_utmz 6 months