Privacy and Cookies

What is a cookie?

When you visit any website, the server asks your browser if you will accept one (or more) small text files called cookies.  The text in the file helps the server keep track of which requests come from which user.  

Why do we use cookies?

We use cookies to keep track of visitor numbers and paterns of visitor activity on our site.  We also use cookies as a means of differentiating real human users from "spam-bots"; we require that our session cookie is set before accepting any form input from our users.  

Does this affect my privacy?

We do not attach any identifying or personal information to the cookie, and do not allow any third parties access to the cookies.

What if I do not want to accept cookies?

The best way to not accept cookies is to instruct your browser (via its settings) to not accept them.  As this is different for each browser (and often each version of each browser) we cannot provide detailed instructions of how to do this.

The cookies we use

We use three sets of cookies: a server session cookie, Google Analytics cookies, and Google Maps cookies.  

Session cookies

The session cookie allows our server to keep track of page requests and the number of visitors currently accessing the site.  This helps it to alocate resources to the site.

Google Analytics cookies

The Google Analytics cookies provide us with anonymous collective data about visitor usage patterns on our site.  For more information on these cookies, please visit the link in the column right.

Google Maps cookies

The Google maps in our site set the following cookies: NID, SNID, and PREF.  These allow google maps to remember your browser and your preferences when viewing these maps.

Youtube cookies

To enhance our website at low cost, we embed video content from YouTube. Pages with this embedded content may present cookies from YouTube.  We do not control the dissemination of these cookies and cannot not blockthem.  For more information on your privacy and YouTube, please visit the link in the right.