The cookies we collect:
A user session cookie is a general purpose identifier used to remember user session variables. Usually it is a randomly generated number. Its use is specific to the website and is used to maintain a user's login status between different pages within the same site.
We count visitors to our website using Google Analytics. That tool records which pages you visited on our website, how you arrived at our website and certain basic information about your computer. All that information is anonymous, meaning we do not know who you are. All we know is that someone visited our website. The information we generate from counting and evaluating the statistics collected helps us understand what sections of our website our performing well, how many visitors our website has, and so on. As with most websites, we use that data to improve our website.
Third party cookies:
These services provide social media buttons and similar functionality used on our website, such as Like and Tweet buttons. To do this, we incorporate code provided by those parties over which we have no control. To work, their buttons generally know if you're connected. For example, Facebook uses this function to inform you that the page you visited is liked by x number of friends. We have no access to that information and nor can we control how those networks use that information. Social networks may therefore be aware that you're following this site if you use their services (they do not, but their policies are often subject to change). Since our website is completely harmless, we do not imagine that this is cause for concern among most users.
Our website also functions without cookies but you will lose certain features and functions if you opt to disable cookies, especially third party cookies like social media sharing buttons, and so on.