1. What is a cookie?
1.1 Cookies are small text files stored by your browser onto your computer. They are widely used in order to make websites work or work in a better, more efficient way. They can do this because websites can read and write these files, enabling them to recognise you and remember important information that will make your use of a website more convenient (eg by remembering your user preferences) such as your username and password.
1.3 The two types of cookies we use are known as "session" cookies and "persistent" cookies. These may be cookies which we use and/or a third party uses.
1.3.1 A session cookie is used each time you visit our Website to give you a session ID. We use this type of cookie to link your actions on our Website and each session cookie will only last for a browser session. Each browser session will start when you open your browser window and finish when you close your browser window. After your visit to our Website all session cookies are deleted. Every time you visit one of our Website you will have a different session ID.
1.3.2 A persistent cookie has a longer lifetime than a session cookie and lasts for the period of time specified in the cookie (this will vary from cookie to cookie). This type of cookie will not be deleted when you
close your browser window and will be activated every time you visit our Website which created that particular persistent cookie.
2. What cookies does RPC use of the Website?
To help you understand the cookies we use on our Website, we have classified each cookie as one of the following:
- strictly necessary cookie;
- performance cookie; and
- functionality cookie.
Strictly necessary cookies
2.1 Why does RPC use strictly necessary cookies?
These cookies are essential to our Website in order to enable you to move around and to use the features, such as remembering information you have entered on forms when you move to other pages within a browser session. Without strictly necessary cookies, we may not be able to provide certain services which you have asked for and our Website will not perform as smoothly as we would like them to for you.
Please see section 3 for details of the strictly necessary cookies we use on our Website.
2.2 How do I consent to use of strictly necessary cookies?
Accepting strictly necessary cookies is a condition of using our Website. If you reject these cookies then we cannot predict how our Website will perform when you visit it nor guarantee your security.
2.3 Why does RPC use performance cookies?
Performance cookies collect information about your use of our Website and enable us to improve the way it works. For example, performance cookies will show us which are the most frequently visited pages on our Website, and help us record any difficulties you have with our Website.
Performance cookies do not collect information that identifies you personally and all information that is collected by these cookies is aggregated and anonymous. Please see section 3 for details of the performance cookies we use on our Website.
We may use third parties to manage our performance cookies but we do not allow any third party to use these cookies other than for the types of purpose listed in this paragraph. For example, they do not remember information about you for the purposes of targeting adverts at you on other websites.
2.4 How do I consent to use of performance cookies?
Accepting performance cookies is a condition of using our Website. If you reject these cookies then we cannot or predict how our Website will perform when you visit it nor guarantee your security.
2.5 Why does RPC use functionality cookies?
Functionality cookies allow us to remember the choices you make on our Website. These cookies also allow us to provide enhanced and more personal features and to remember changes you have made to our Website, such as customising a certain webpage. These features help us to improve your visit to our Website. Our functionality cookies will not track your activity on other websites. Please see section 3 for details of the functionality cookies we use on our Website.
We may use third parties to manage our functionality cookies but we do not allow any third party to use these cookies other than for the types of purposes listed in this paragraph.
2.6 How do I consent to use of functionality cookies?
You can control our use of functionality cookies. We explain how you can manage the different cookies we use on our Website at section 5. If you prevent the use of functionality cookies then this may mean that we cannot offer some services on our Website and may interrupt your enjoyment of it. It may also mean we are limited in the scope of support we can offer you.
3. RPC cookies
The table below set out which cookies are used on our Website.
4. What third parties cookies may RPC use of the Website?
4.1 Third party organisations may use their own cookies or other technologies to collect information about the content of our Website. We do not have access or control over the cookies placed on our Website by third parties and use of their cookies is subject to their own privacy policies. We recommend that you review the privacy policies of these third parties.
4.2 To disable or reject third party cookies you must go to the relevant third party’s website – please see section 5 below for details of how you can control third party cookies on your browser.
5. How do I manage cookies on the Website?
5.1 You can control which cookies you get and which you keep on your browser. Unless you have adjusted your browser settings so that it will refuse our cookies, our system will issue cookies when you visit our Website.
5.3 Please note that by deleting cookies or disabling future cookies you may be unable to access certain areas or features of our Website and it will mean that settings such as your stored username and password may have to be reset. If you adjust your cookie settings this will also affect the other websites you visit.
5.4 All of the major browsers offer tips and guidance for managing the cookies available on your browser including:
- Internet explorer
- Safari 5.1 (OSX Lion)
- Safari iOS
- Google Chrome
- Microsoft Edge
6. Where can I get more information about cookies?
6.1 You can find out more information about cookies by visiting the following information websites: