What are website cookies?

For most websites to function properly, certain basic information is required about their users. To do this, websites may create files known as “cookies”, which are small text files stored on users’ computers. These cookies are designed to allow the website to recognise users on subsequent visits, or to authorise other designated websites to recognise these users for a particular purpose.

Cookies fulfil many different roles. For instance, they are used to remember your preferences on websites you visit often and to help you navigate between pages more efficiently. Some data collected is designed to detect browsing patterns and approximate geographical location to improve user experience.

Use of cookies and website analytics

Cookies and other similar technologies may be used to collect anonymised data about your visit.

OCSG uses Google Analytics, which is a web analytics service provided by Google. Google Analytics uses cookies and similar technologies to analyse how users use the websites. The information generated about website usage (including your shortened IP address) is transmitted to Google in the U.S. This information is used to evaluate visitors’ use of the website, compile statistical reports on website activity, and provide other services related to the website and internet use. Google may also collect information about visitors’ use of other websites. For more information about Google Analytics, or to opt out of Google Analytics, please go to:

Cookies are also used to recognise your computer when you visit the website again later.

How do I turn cookies off?

It’s usually possible to stop your browser accepting cookies, or to stop it accepting cookies for a particular website.

All up to date browsers allow you to change your cookie settings. The cookie settings are found in the Preferences or Options menu of the browser. Use the Help option in the browser menu to find out how this works for your browser.