1. What are cookies
Cookies are small text files that webservers give to browsers to store on users machines. They are necessary as they enable the website to recognize requests as coming from the same browser and they can be essential for the operation of an application but they can also be used to track user behaviour.
They cannot be used to identify you personally.
For more information on cookies, their use and blocking them you may want to visit www.aboutcookies.org
2. The cookies we use
The table below explains the cookies we use and why.
|PHPSESSID||This cookie is part of the scripting language that runs our site, and allows information to be passed between pages as you navigate through the site. For instance, should you login to the client area, this cookie stores your access level and username. This cookie does not store any personally identifiable information and is deleted when you close your browser.||Session||At End Of Session|
|__utma||This cookie is typically written to the browser upon the first visit to your site from that web browser. If the cookie has been deleted by the browser operator, and the browser subsequently visits your site, a new __utma cookie is written with a different unique ID. This cookie is used to determine unique visitors to your site and it is updated with each page view. Additionally, this cookie is provided with a unique ID that Google Analytics uses to ensure both the validity and accessibility of the cookie as an extra security measure.||3rd||730 days|
|__utmb||This cookie is used to establish and continue a user session with your site. When a user views a page on your site, the Google Analytics code attempts to update this cookie. If it does not find the cookie, a new one is written and a new session is established. Each time a user visits a different page on your site, this cookie is updated to expire in 30 minutes, thus continuing a single session for as long as user activity continues within 30-minute intervals. This cookie expires when a user pauses on a page on your site for longer than 30 minutes. You can modify the default length of a user session with the _setSessionCookieTimeout() method.||3rd||30 minutes|
|__utmc||This cookie is no longer used by the ga.js tracking code to determine session status.
Historically, this cookie operated in conjunction with the __utmb cookie to determine whether or not to establish a new session for the user. For backwards compatibility purposes with sites still using the urchin.js tracking code, this cookie will continue to be written and will expire when the user exits the browser. However, if you are debugging your site tracking and you use the ga.js tracking code, you should not interpret the existence of this cookie in relation to a new or expired session.
|__utmz||This cookie stores the type of referral used by the visitor to reach your site, whether via a direct method, a referring link, a website search, or a campaign such as an ad or an email link. It is used to calculate search engine traffic, ad campaigns and page navigation within your own site. The cookie is updated with each page view to your site.||3rd||6 months|
|__utmv||This cookie is not normally present in a default configuration of the tracking code. The __utmv cookie passes the information provided via the _setVar() method, which you use to create a custom user segment. This string is then passed to the Analytics servers in the GIF request URL via the utmcc parameter. This cookie is only written if you have added the _setVar() method for the tracking code on your website page.||3rd||730 days|
3. Cookies explained
3a. First party cookies - These cookies are set by the website itself and allows us (the website owner) to link the cookie with the website user.
3b. Session cookie – This cookie is essential for site functionality. It does not store any personal information. A session cookie only lasts for the duration the user is using the website. A web browser normally deletes session cookies when it quits.
3c. Third party cookies – We sometimes embed photos and video content from websites such as YouTube, Flickr, Pinterest. As a result, when you visit a page with content embedded from such services, you may be presented with cookies from these websites. Our website does not control the dissemination of these cookies. You should check the relevant third party website for more information about these.
3d. Flash cookies – These cookies make it quicker and easier for you to access sites on subsequent visits that use Flash technology. Deleting them means you may have to re-enter information each time you visit the same site. But just like any cookie, you can delete Flash cookies by going to the Settings Manager for your Adobe Flash Player. You will be taken to the Adobe website, which lists the websites with the cookies in your browser. Just click Delete opposite the relevant website.
4. Managing cookies
What can I do to manage cookies stored on my computer?
If you wish to manage individual cookies or to enable blocking of cookies you will need to refer to the documentation for your browser, see http://www.allaboutcookies.org/manage-cookies/ for guardance.