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We use Google Analytics to collect information about how people use our site, and rough demographics as to what groups of people are using our site. We do this to make sure it’s meeting your needs and to understand how we could improve it. As well as controlling this above – you can opt out of Google Analytics tracking directly.

Google Analytics stores information about:

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Google Adwords and Google DoubleClick

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