A cookie is a small piece of data that is stored on your computer or mobile device by the server of the website you are visiting.  Cookies are used to make browsing the web easier for you, as they help websites to recognise you when you return to visit a site, and for example, you will not be asked to re-enter all of your details again, or the site can remember your preferences and personalise the information on the site that will be of most interest to you.  A cookie is created when you visit the BATS website.  There are different types of cookies:

  • Session cookies – We use session cookies to track the number of visitors to our website, how much time they spend on the site and monitor the information visitors find of most use and interest.  This data helps us to continually improve our website.  These traffic cookies do not contain or reveal any personal information about you, and they cannot be used to trace use of the BATS website to an individual.  The cookie is deleted once you leave our website.
  • Permanent cookies – These cookies remain in operation, even when you leave a website.  They are designed to help optimise the experience for visitors to websites by, for example, remembering passwords and login details, providing personalised content etc.  By law, these cookies must be deleted after six months.  BATS does not use these types of cookies to collect or remember personal data from visitors to the website.
  • Third party cookies – These are cookies that are used by third party websites and are typically used when a website contains content from third party websites, such as banner advertisements.  Interacting with (i.e. clicking on) any third party content will take you away from the BATS website, to an external website.  BATS does not have any control over cookies used by third party websites.

Managing and delete cookies on your computer – The web browser (e.g. Microsoft Edge, Google Chrome, Firefox, Safari etc.) on most computers is usually set to accept cookies. You can choose to restrict or disable cookies through your browser’s settings.  You can also delete cookies that are already stored in the cookie folder on your computer or mobile device.  For further information on managing or deleting cookies, refer to your web browser’s help function, visit or visit the Interactive Advertising Bureau UK.

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