MDL Cookies Policy

When we provide services, we want to make them easy, useful and reliable. Where services are delivered on the internet, this sometimes involves placing small amounts of information on your device, for example, computer or mobile phone. These include small files known as cookies. They cannot be used to identify you personally.

  • These pieces of information are used to improve services for you through, for example:
  • Enabling a service to recognise your device so you don't have to give the same information several times during one task
  • Recognising that you may already have given a username and password, so you don't need to do it for every web page requested
  • Measuring how many people are using services, so they can be made easier to use and there's enough capacity to ensure they are fast
  • Recognising which people are visiting our web pages through social media sites, to make it possible to use targeted advertising

You can manage these small files yourself and learn more about them through 'Internet browser cookies - what they are and how to manage them'

If you'd like to learn how to remove cookies set on your device, visit 'Our use of cookies'

Google Analytics

Our website uses Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google, Inc. (“Google”). Google Analytics uses cookies - text files placed on your computer, to help the website analyse how users use the site. The information generated by the cookie about your use of the website (including your IP address) will be transmitted to and stored by Google on servers in the United States. Google uses this information to evaluate your use of the website, compiling reports on website activity for website operators and providing other services relating to website activity and internet use. Google may 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. Google will not associate your IP address with any other data held by Google.

By using this website, you consent to the processing of data about you by Google in the manner and for the purposes set out above.

You may refuse the use of cookies by selecting the appropriate settings on your browser, however please note that if you do this you may not be able to use the full functionality of this website.  

Google Analytics sets cookies to help us accurately estimate the number of visitors to the website and volumes of usage. This is to ensure that the service is available when you want it and fast.

Cookie

Typical content

Duration

_utma

randomly generated number

2 years

_utmb

randomly generated number

30 minutes

_utmc

randomly generated number

session

_utmz

randomly generated number + info on how the site was reached (e.g. directly or via a link, organic search or paid search)

6 months


For further details on the cookies set by Google Analytics, please refer to the Google Code website.

Google Maps

Cookie

Typical content

Duration

PREF

 

2 years

NID

 

6 months

SNID

 

6 months

 

Third party cookies - Facebook

Cookie

Typical content

Duration

datr

 

2 years

lsd

 

session

Reg_fb_gate

 

session

reg_fb_ref

 

session

act

 

session

csm

 

session

lu

 

2 years

sub

 

session

locale

 

1 week

P

 

session

c_user

 

session

S

 

session

Xs

 

session

Presence

 

session

 

Third party cookies - Twitter

Cookie

Typical content

Duration

guest_id

 

2 years

k

 

1 week

_twitter_sess

 

session

auth_token_session

 

 

secure_session

 

 

original_referer

 

 

lang

 

 

twll

 

 

 

How to control and delete cookies

We will not use cookies to collect personally identifiable information about you.

However, if you wish to restrict or block the cookies which are set by our website, or indeed any other website, you can do this through your browser settings. The 'Help' section 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 machine as well as more general information about cookies.

Please be aware that restricting cookies may impact on the functionality of our website.

If you wish to view your cookie code, just click on a cookie to open it. You'll see a short string of text and numbers. These numbers are your identification card, which can only be seen by the server that gave you the cookie. To do this on the browser of your mobile phone you may need to refer to your handset manual.

To opt-out of third parties collecting any data regarding your interaction on our website, please refer to their website for further information.

Please refer to our Privacy Policy for full details of how we use and store your personal information.