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||Registers aunique ID that is used to generate statistical data on how the visitor uses the web site.||Performance||Third party|
|_gid||Registers a unique ID that is used to generate statistical data on how the visitor uses the web site.||Performance||Third party|
|_gat||Google Analytics – Used to throttle request rate. If Google Analytics is deployed via Google Tag Manager, this cookie will be named _dc_gtm_<property-id>.||Performance||Third Party|
|ads/ga-audiences||Used by Google AdW ords to re-engage visitors that are likely to convert to customers based on the visitor’s online behaviour across web sites.||Performance||Third party|
|PHPSESSID||Preserves user session state across page requests.||Performance||Session|
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