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For analysis purposes, websites sometimes use performance cookies which collect information about how visitors use a website; this may include which pages are visited, how long visitors remain on a particular page and if error messages are generated when trying to access a particular page or area of the site. However, these cookies do not collect any personal data and are anonymous; the data is merely aggregated to allow improvements to the functionality of the website to be considered.
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