If you use the internet to carry out certain transactions your computer will automatically store small pieces of information, known as 'cookies', in its memory.
Cookies cannot read your computer's hard disk and cannot be read by third parties.
They are used so that we can easily recognise you when you return to our websites and, as a result, will enable us to provide you with a better service.
We may also track user traffic patterns in order to determine the effectiveness of our website, normally using Google Analytics in common with many other websites.
Information obtained from these cookies will never be used for marketing purposes or released to third parties.
If you prefer not to receive cookies while browsing all websites, you can control your browser to refuse them. See Firefox example. (from Tools / Options)
However you will usually need to allow cookies in order to access password-protected sites such as banks.