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What are Cookies?

Cookies are small data files that are placed onto hardware devices which you use to browse the internet (e.g. computer, smartphones or tablet you ‘device’) by websites that you visit.  Cookies contain information about your visits to that website and the purpose of cookies is to enable our website to remember you, and your browsing habits, when you visit it again in the future.


How do we use Cookies?

Cookies help us plan the content and layout of our site and recognise returning visitors that have been to our site before.  They therefore play an important role in helping us enhance the usability and performance of our site to improve your visits.

By using or accessing our website you are consenting to the use of cookies.


The types of cookie that may be used during you visit to our website are:

•           Session cookies

•           Session and permanent cookies

•           Anonymous permanent cookies

•           Cookie to individually identify users who have logged in

•           Third party cookies

•           First party cookies


Cookies Name


Session cookie

A session cookie allows our website to keep track of your movement around our site and can help you from receiving the same information that you may have already given the site.  Session cookies allow you to move through our site quickly and without you having to authenticate or reprocess each new area you visit.

They automatically delete when your close your web browser.

Session and permanent cookies

These cookies are sometimes referred to as persistent cookies.  These help our website remember your preference and settings when you visit again in future.  They can help speed up and improve your experience of the services and functions we offer.

Anonymous permanent cookies

These identify repeat visitors and are used to gather web statistics.  They do not collect any personally identifiable information.

Cookie to individually identify users who have logged in

These are placed by another company (domain) and are used to help us track visitor behaviour and revenue in order for us to measure the performance of our website.

Third party cookies

First-party cookies are the cookies that we set for itg.org.uk; third-party cookies are cookies on itg.org.uk that come from different domains.  We don't control the setting of these cookies, so it’s worth checking the third-party website for more information about their cookies and how to manage them.

Google Analytics

Generates statistical and other information about websites used by means of cookies, which are stored on user’s devices.  The information generated relating to our website is used to create reports about the use of our website.  Google will store and use this information.

Cookies last between one month and one year.

Visit Google’s privacy policy and how to opt out of tracking at www.google.com/privacypolicy



How do I control my cookies?

You should be aware that any preferences will be lost if you delete cookies and many websites will not work properly or you will lose some functionality. We do not recommend turning cookies off when using our Website for these reasons.

Most browsers accept cookies automatically, but you can alter the settings of your browser to erase cookies or prevent automatic acceptance if you prefer.  Generally, you have the option to see what cookies you’ve got and delete them individually, block third party cookies or cookies from particular sites, accept all cookies, to be notified when a cookie is issued or reject all cookies. Visit the ‘options’ or ‘preferences’ menu on your browser to change settings, and check the following links for more browser-specific information.

Cookie settings in Internet Explorer
Cookie settings in Firefox
Cookie settings in Chrome
Cookie settings in Safari

Alternatively, you may wish to visit www.aboutcookies.org which contains comprehensive information on how to do this on a wide variety of browsers.

For information on how to do this on the browser of your mobile phone you will need to refer to your handset manual.


User agreement

By continuing to use our site, you agree to the placement of cookies on your device. If you choose not to receive our cookies, we cannot guarantee that your experience will be as fulfilling as it would otherwise be. For instance, the site won’t be able to recognise your commenter ID, meaning that you won’t be able to leave comments or gain some area of the site.


May 2018