Cookies are small text files containing amounts of information that are placed on your computer by websites that you visit and which your computer or mobile device downloads. They are widely used in order to make websites work, or work more efficiently, as well as to provide information to the owners of the site. The information in cookies can be used to track your internet usage. Under the EU Directive on Privacy and Electronic Communications of 12 July 2002 , all visitors to a website with cookies must have access to information stating that the website contains cookies and the purpose for which cookies are used. They must also approve such cookies being used.
There are three different types of cookies:
- Session cookies are mainly used for assisting various activities during a session such as keeping you logged in between pages. Session cookies expire when the browser is closed.
- Permanent cookies remain stored even when a browser is closed. They can facilitate operations such as automatic login. Permanent cookies need to be deleted after a period of six months.
- First or Third Party are installed by first (website) or third parties and collect information to carry out various research into behaviour, demographics etc.
The table below explains the cookies we use and why:
|_ga||Google Analytics – Used to distinguish users by assigning a randomly generated number as a client identifier. It is included in each page request in a site and used to calculate visitor, session and campaign data for the site’s analytics reports.||Performance||Third party|
|_gid||Google Analytics – Used to distinguish users.||Performance||Third party|
|_gat||Google Analytics – Used to throttle request rate limiting the collection of data on high traffic sites. It expires after 10 minutes.
If Google Analytics is deployed via GoogleTag Manager, this cookie will be named _dc_gtm_<property-id>.
Analytics tools for the website
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