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When you visit, we collect standard internet analytics information which provides us with details of anonymous visitor behaviour patterns purely to improve our website experience.

If you have supplied us with personal information we will keep this secure and confidential and will never pass on your personal information to third parties. We are committed to protecting and respecting your privacy when you use our website. The following statement sets out our current data processing practices in detail. If you have any queries or concerns regarding these practices, please contact us.

By using you agree to our use of cookies as described in the following statement.

What are cookies?

Cookies are small files which are downloaded onto your computer the first time you visit a website. The next time you visit that site, your computer uses those cookies to recognise that it has been there before and ‘remember’ things like personalised details or user preferences. This all makes for a smoother, more relevant experience for you, the user. For more information about cookies please explore the further reading below.

We classify the cookies used on under the following categories, based on the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) guide for cookie categories:

•    Strictly necessary
•    Functional
•    Sharing

Strictly necessary

'Strictly necessary' cookies allow you to use features that are essential to such as secure areas of the site. These cookies do not gather any information that could be used for marketing or remembering where you have been on the internet.

We use ‘Strictly necessary and performance’ cookies to:

•    Remember information you've previously provided when you navigate to a different page in a single web browser session
•    Identify you as being logged in to
•    Ensure you can connect to the right service on our website when we make any changes to the way the website works
•    Improve our website

We do not use ‘Strictly necessary and performance’ cookies to:

•    Gather information that could be used to advertise products or services to you
•    Remember your preferences or username beyond your current visit

Here is a list of the cookies we have defined as 'Strictly necessary':

Name of cookie

IRSG or 3rd party

Cookie used for

Google tracking family
(__umtc, __umtz, __utma, __utmb)
3rd party Providing analytics data
YouTube family
3rd party Displaying YouTube videos correctly
Remember cookie settings
IRSG Tracking and remembering website cookie setting










'Functional' cookies allow us to remember choices you make (such as your user name, language or the region you are in) and provide a better, more personal experience.

We use ‘Functional’ cookies to:

•    Remember your preferences and settings
•    Remember if we've already asked you if you want to fill in a survey or vote in a poll
•    Remember if you've been to the site before so that messages intended for first-time users are not displayed to you

We do not use ‘Functional’ cookies to:

•    Support social media components, like Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn

Here is a list of the cookies we have defined as ‘Functional’:

Name of cookie

IRSG or 3rd party

Cookie used for

Session COOKIE
IRSG All member functionality
Remember Login
IRSG All member functionality
Google Translate
googtrans, PREF
3rd Party Rendering the Google Translate button










'Sharing' cookies are used to enable services provided by third parties, such as 'Like' buttons and 'Share' buttons.

We use ‘Sharing’ cookies to:

•    Enable you to link directly to social networks such as Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn, which may subsequently use information about your visit to target you with adverts relevant to you and your interests

Here is a list of the cookies we have defined as ‘Sharing’:

Name of cookie

IRSG or 3rd party

Cookie used for

xtc, uid, uvc, uit, psc
3rd Party Sharing functionality including Facebook Connect






Our website also uses AddThis, a social bookmarking service which allows visitors to bookmark a page using social networks such as Facebook and Twitter. AddThis uses cookies to store unique identifiers that may be used to collect information about you for online behavioural advertising. You can read a comprehensive guide to the AddThis privacy policy at, and you can easily opt out of AddThis and prevent it from collecting any information about you at

How to control your cookies

You can disable or remove cookies from your computer by using your browser settings. Remember, deleting your cookies or accessing our website from a different browser or device will effectively ignore your existing preferences for using our website.

Further reading

Find out more about cookies at

View the AddThis privacy policy at

Read the ICC (UK) UK cookie guide in full at

If you have any queries or concerns regarding our cookie policy, please contact us via our contact form.

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