Cookies

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Here is an overview of cookies we are using on our websites:

Strictly necessary cookies

Name Description Duration
ARRAffinity This cookie is set by websites run on the Windows Azure cloud platform. It is used for load balancing to make sure the visitor page requests are routed to the same server in any browsing session. Session
ASP.NET_SessionId General purpose platform session cookie, used by sites written with Miscrosoft .NET based technologies. Usually used to maintain an anonymised user session by the server. Session
__cfduid Cookie associated with sites using CloudFlare, used to speed up page load times. According to CloudFlare it is used to override any security restrictions based on the IP address the visitor is coming from. It does not contain any user identification information. 1 month
_dc_gtm_UA-x This cookie is associated with sites using Google Tag Manager to load other scripts and code into a page. Where it is used it may be regarded as Strictly Necessary as without it, other scripts may not function correctly. The end of the name is a unique number which is also an identifier for an associated Google Analytics account. A few seconds
PHPSESSID PHP session cookie associated with embedded content from this domain. Session
__Request VerificationToken This is an anti-forgery cookie set by web applications built using ASP.NET MVC technologies. It is designed to stop unauthorised posting of content to a website, known as Cross-Site Request Forgery. It holds no information about the user and is destroyed on closing the browser. Session
wordpress_sec_ WP Admin logged in cookie which is created dynamically. A few seconds
wordpress _test_cookie Used on sites built with Wordpress. Tests whether or not the browser has cookies enabled. Session

Functional cookies

Name Description Duration
ELOQUA Eloqua Business Marketing platform - this cookie collects and transfers contact info from webforms to internal databases. 1 year
vuid This cookie is associated with Vimeo. The main business activity is: Video Hosting/Sharing. 2 years

Performance cookies

Name Description Duration
ai_session This cookie name is associated with the Microsoft Application Insights software, which collects statistical usage and telemetry information for apps built on the Azure cloud platform. This is a unique anonymous session identifier cookie. A few seconds
ai_user This cookie name is associated with the Microsoft Application Insights software, which collects statictical usage and telemetry information for apps built on the Azure cloud platform. This is a unique user identifier cookie enabling counting of the number of users accessing the application over time. 1 year
_ga This cookie is installed by Google Analytics. The cookie is used to calculate visitor, session, campaign data and keep track of site usage for the site's analytics report. The cookies store information anonymously and assign a randomly generated number to identify unique visitors. 2 years
_gat This cookie name is associated with Google Universal Analytics, according to documentation it is used to throttle the request rate - limiting the collection of data on high traffic sites. 10 minutes
_gat_UA- This is a cookie set by Google Analytics, where the pattern element on the name contains the unique identity number of the account or website it relates to. It is a variation of the _gat cookie which is used to limit the amount of data recorded by Google on high traffic volume websites. A few seconds
_gclxxxx Google conversion tracking cookie 3 months
_gid This cookie name is associated with Google Universal Analytics. It stores and updates a unique value for each page visited. 1 day
_hjid Hotjar cookie. This cookie is set when the customer first lands on a page with the Hotjar script. It is used to persist the random user ID, unique to that site on the browser. This ensures that behavior in subsequent visits to the same site will be attributed to the same user ID. 1 year
SNC This cookie is associated with analytics and customization. It collects information to help website owners better understand how their sites are being used. 1 year
SNS This cookie is associated with analytics and customization. It collects information to help website owners better understand how their sites are being used. Session

Targetting cookies

Name Description Duration
bcookie This cookie is associated with LinkedIn, the business networking platform. It typically acts as a third party host where website owners have placed one of its content sharing buttons in their pages, although its content and services can be embedded in other ways. Although such buttons add functionality to the website they are on, cookies are set regardless of whether or not the visitor has an active Linkedin profile, or agreed to their terms and conditions. 2 years
C The cookie is used by Adform and is used for real time bidding for display advertising to targeted audiences. 1 month
GPS YouTube is a Google owned platform for hosting and sharing videos. YouTube collects user data through videos embedded in websites, which is aggregated with profile data from other Google services in order to display targeted advertising to web visitors across a broad range of their own and other websites. A few seconds
ELOQUA This cookie is from Eloqua and is used for the delivery of online marketing services. 1 year
ELQSTATUS This cookie is associated with Eloqua and is used for marketing automation and lead scoring. 1 year
_fbp Used by Facebook to deliver a series of advertisement products such as real time bidding from third party advertisers. 3 months
fr The cookie is associated with Facebook and contains browser and user unique ID combination, used for targeted advertising. As a third party host provider, it mostly collects data on the interests of users via widgets such as the 'Like' button found on many websites. This is used to serve targeted advertising to its users when logged into its services. 3 months
_gat_gtag_x Google Analytics A few seconds
IDE This cookie is associated with Doubleclick (Google). It is used for real time bidding on their advertising exchange. 1 year
lang This cookie is associated with LinkedIn, the business networking platform. This sub-domain is connected with LinkedIn's marketing services that enable website owners to gain insight into types of users on their site based on LinkedIn profile data, to improve targeting. Session
li_gc This cookie is associated with LinkedIn, the business networking platform. This sub-domain is connected with LinkedIn's marketing services that enable website owners to gain insight into types of users on their site based on LinkedIn profile data, to improve targeting. 2 years
lidc This cookie is associated with LinkedIn, the business networking platform. This sub-domain is connected with LinkedIn's marketing services that enable website owners to gain insight into types of users on their site based on LinkedIn profile data, to improve targeting. 1 day
lissc This cookie is associated with LinkedIn, the business networking platform. This sub-domain is connected with LinkedIn's marketing services that enable website owners to gain insight into types of users on their site based on LinkedIn profile data, to improve targeting. 1 year
NID This cookie is associated with Google. Google tracks users extensively both through its own products and sites, and the numerous technologies embedded into many millions of websites around the world. It uses the data gathered from most of these services to profile the interests of web users and sell advertising space to organisations based on such interest profiles as well as aligning adverts to the content on the pages where its customer's adverts appear. 6 months
test_cookie This cookie is associated with Doubleclick (Google). It is used for real time bidding on their advertising exchange. A few seconds
t_gid This cookie is associated with Taboola Inc, a USA based company with multi-national presence. It provides tageted native advertising services. 1 year
uid This cookie is associated with Doubleclick (Google). It is used for real time bidding on their advertising exchange. 2 months
__utmzzses UTM Parameters used for advertising/tracking with Google Analytics. Session
VISITOR _INFO1_LIVE This cookie is used as a unique identifier to track viewing of videos. 6 months
YSC YouTube is a Google owned platform for hosting and sharing videos. YouTube collects user data through videos embedded in websites, which is aggregated with profile data from other Google services in order to display targeted advertising to web visitors across a broad range of their own and other websites. Session