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These monitor how visitors move around the website and how they reached it. This is used so that we can see total (not individual) figures on which types of content users enjoy most, and which pages are popular. We use Google Analytics for this and should you wish to, you can opt out of these here: Google analytics opt-out extension.
Overall, cookies help us provide you with a better website, by enabling us to monitor which pages are found useful and which are 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. As well as the options above, all browsers have settings enabling you to limit or block cookies. For more information on this, please check the help files built into your browser or visit your browser maker’s website.