Updated: October 2016
What are cookies?
Cookies are small files that are placed on your computer when you visit a website. Cookies allow the website to recognise your browser, and to distinguish you from other website users, by reading the contents of the cookie each time the user visits the website. They help websites to improve their users’ experiences, as well as to provide business and marketing information to the owner of the website.
The types of cookies we use
- Strictly necessary cookies: These cookies are needed in order to operate a website and for you to use its features.
- Performance cookies: These cookies collect information about a website’s visitors, for example how many visitors access our Site, and what pages they visit. These cookies are used to improve our Site for visitors in the future.
- Functionality cookies: These cookies allow us to remember you and your preferences when you return to our Site, for example your choice of language or region. These cookies help us to personalise your experience with our Site.
- Targeting cookies: These cookies are used to make content displayed on our websites more relevant to your interests.
Third party cookies
Further information about the individual cookies we use and the purposes for which we use them can be found in the table below:
|Cookie name||Library||Expiration Time||Description|
|_ga||Analytics.js||2 years||Used to distinguish users.|
|_gat||Analytics.js||10 minutes||Used to throttle request rate.|
|__utmt||Ga.js||10 minutes||Used to throttle request rate.|
|__utmc||Ga.js||End of browser session||Not used in ga.js. Set for interoperability with urchin.js. Historically, this cookie operated in conjunction with the __utmb cookie to determine whether the user was in a new session/visit.|
|__utmv||Ga.js||2 years from set/update||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.|
Manage your settings
You can learn more about how to manage your cookies by visiting the Help function of your browser, the settings of your mobile device or you can visit www.aboutcookies.org which provides detailed information on managing cookies on popular browsers. Please be aware that parts of our websites may not function correctly if you disable cookies.