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Introduction

To make our website work properly and to improve your browsing experience, we sometimes place small data files on your computer or mobile device.

What are cookies?

A cookie is a small text file that a website saves on your computer or mobile device when you visit the site. It enables the website to remember your actions and preferences over a period of time, so you do not need to keep re-entering them whenever you come back to the site or browse from one page to another. Cookies can also be used for online behavioural target advertising and to show adverts relevant to something that the user searched for in the past.

How do we use cookies?

We use Google Analytics to collect information about to visitor behaviour on our website. Google Analytics is a tool that helps website owners to measure how users interact with website content. As a user navigates between web pages, Google Analytics provides website owners JavaScript tags (libraries) to record information about the page a user has seen, for example the URL of the page. The Google Analytics JavaScript libraries use HTTP Cookies to "remember" what a user has done on previous pages / interactions with the website. Google Analytics stores information about what pages you visit, how long you are on the website, how you got here and what you click on. This Analytics data is collected via a JavaScript tag in the pages of our website and is not tied to personally identifiable information. Google Analytics does not store any personal information about our website users. For further details of how Google Analytics collects and processes data please follow this link www.google.com/policies/privacy/partners/.

Cookie details

Google Analytics sets the following first part cookies:

Name

Type

Purpose

Expiry

__utma

persistent

Used to distinguish users and sessions. The cookie is created when the javascript library executes and no existing __utma cookies exists. The cookie is updated every time data is sent to Google Analytics.

2 years from set/update

__utmt

session

Used to throttle request rate.

10 minutes

__utmb

persistent

Used to determine new sessions/visits. The cookie is created when the javascript library executes and no existing __utmb cookies exists. The cookie is updated every time data is sent to Google Analytics.

30 minutes  from set/update

__utmc

session

Historically, this cookie operated in conjunction with the __utmb cookie to determine whether the user was in a new session/visit.

End of browser session

__utmz

persistent

Stores the traffic source or campaign that explains how the user reached your site. The cookie is created when the javascript library executes and is updated every time data is sent to Google Analytics.

6 months from set/update

__utmv

persistent

Used to store visitor-level custom variable data. This cookie is created when a developer uses the _setCustomVar method with a visitor level custom variable. This cookie was also used for the deprecated _setVar method. The cookie is updated every time data is sent to Google Analytics.

2 years from set/update

 

Managing cookies

You can control and/or delete cookies as you wish. For details see www.aboutcookies.org and www.youronlinechoices.eu. You can delete all cookies that are already on your computer and you can set most browsers to prevent them from being placed. If you do this, however, you may have to manually adjust some preferences every time you visit a site and some services and functionalities may not work.

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