Cookies are files, often including unique identifiers, that are sent by web servers to web browsers, and which may then be sent back to the server each time the browser requests a page from the server.
Cookies can be used by web servers to identity and track users as they navigate different pages on a website, and to identify users returning to a website.
Cookies may be either “persistent” cookies or “session” cookies. A persistent cookie consists of a text file sent by a web server to a web browser, which will be stored by the browser and will remain valid until its set expiry date (unless deleted by the user before the expiry date). A session cookie, on the other hand, will expire at the end of the user session, when the web browser is closed.
More info: ICC UK Cookie Guide.
We use Google Analytics, which creates a number of first-party cookies:
Purpose:Google Analytics: This cookie helps us determine the number of unique visitors to our website.
Purpose:Google Analytics: This cookie helps us determine the referral method for people visiting our website. This helps us to analyse the traffic arriving at our website and to determine which are the most popular routes (e.g. direct, search engine)
Purpose:Google Analytics: We use this Google Analytics cookie to help us to record the length of individual sessions from our users on our website. Each time you move to a new page within our website within 30 minutes of arriving the cookie updates so that we know that you are still actively using our website within a single session.
Purpose:Google Analytics: Similar to _utmb, we use this Google Analytics cookie to help us record the length of individual sessions on our website.
We do not share any data that Google Analytics collects. Data collected is used as follows:
- to report, in aggregate, how visitors find and use our website;
- to understand overall visitor behaviour;
- to help us update and improve our website.
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