Cookies and the BDC web site

As is common practice with almost all professional websites this site uses cookies to improve your experience and help us provide you with useful services. Below, we describe what cookies are, what cookies we us and why, and how to prevent cookies being used. Please note, however, that if you disable cookies, some aspects of the site may not work so well.

What is a cookie?

A cookie is a small text file that is downloaded onto your computer or smartphone when you access a website. It allows the website to recognise your device and store some information about your preferences or past actions. For more general information on cookies, see this Wikipedia article or the All About Cookies site.

What cookies do we use and why?

Recognising you

We use cookies when you are logged in so that we can remember this fact. This prevents you from having to log in every single time you visit a new page. These cookies are typically removed or cleared when you log out to ensure that you can only access restricted features and areas when logged in.

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Google analytics

This site uses Google Analytics which is one of the most widespread and trusted analytics solutions on the web. These cookies are used to collect information about how visitors use our site. We use the information to compile internal reports and to help us improve the site and the services we provide. The cookies collect information in an anonymous form, including the number of visitors to the site, where visitors have come to the site from and the pages they visited.

Find out more about privacy at Google.

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Other cookies

  • cookie_notice_accepted: records that you have said you are happy with our use of cookies and accept our terms and conditions.
  • style: used to help manage the appearance of the web pages.
  • wordpress_test_cookie: used to check whether your web browser is set to allow, or reject cookies.

What if I don’t want cookies to be used?

You can prevent the setting of cookies by adjusting the settings on your browser. Unfortunately, there are no industry standard options for disabling cookies, and the instructions are different depending on the browser you use. However, some helpful people at Cookie Control have compiled instructions for most of the commonly-used browsers. You can also opt out of being tracked by Google Analytics across all websites.

Disabling cookies is not recommended as it will affect the functionality of this and many other websites that you visit.