What is a cookie?
Cookies are small text files that are placed on your computer by websites that you visit. 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.
Cookies used by this website
Cookies, whether session or persistent, are also described as first-party or third-party cookies. Cookies relating to content coming from the page’s primary server are first party cookies and where the web page’s content does not come from the page’s primary server they are referred to as third-party cookies. Listed here are all the cookies that we use to manage website delivery to your browser:
- Session cookies
- Google Analytics cookies
Specific information on the cookies used:
A Session Cookie enhances the user experience when using the website. These enable you to carry out some essential functions on our site, such as maintaining log-in details for the session or transaction. They also help by minimising the need to transfer information across the net. They are not stored on your computer and they expire when you terminate your browser session.
Google Analytics cookies
__utma: This Cookie is used to identify unique visitors to our sites. The results are sent to our Google Analytics account so that we may see how many unique visitors come to this site based over a period of time. This is a persistent cookie and expires in 2 years.
__utmb: This cookie is used by Google Analytics to determine the visitor session times on our sites. Each time you visit a new page on the site the cookie is set to expire within 30 minutes, if it does not find an existing cookie, a new one is created.
__utmc: This cookie is used by Google Analytics in conjunction with __utmb to determine visitor sessions. Unlike __utmb this cookie does not have an expiry date, it determines whether a new session should be created based on whether you have previously closed your browser, re-opened it and come back to the site. As a Session cookie, it runs just for that visit.
__utmz: This cookie is used by Google Analytics to determine the type of referral used by each visitor to arrive at our site. The cookie determines if the user has come directly to the site or via a search engine, email or email campaign. We use this data to understand how our users arrive at the website. It is a persistent cookie and expires in 6 months.
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