Cookies

What are "cookies"?

Cookies are tiny text files which are stored on your computer's hard drive through your web browser or your mobile device when you visit certain web pages on our website. Cookies won't harm your computer or mobile device, however we understand that some people may find them intrusive.

How and why do we use cookies on this website?

Cookies often include an anonymous unique identifier and track and store your user preferences, as well as technical information about your use of the website. Cookies help us to improve our website and deliver a better service to you.

Specifically, we use analytical tools (Google Analytics) to better understand how our website is being used. These tools collect standard internet log information and visitor behaviour information in an anonymous form. The information generated by the cookie about your use of the website (including your IP address) is transmitted to third party service providers such as Google.  This information is then used to evaluate visitors' use of the website and to compile statistical reports on our website activity.

Some of the cookies we use are session cookies (i.e. temporary cookies that remain in your browser until you leave the website) and others are persistent (i.e. which remain in your browser for much longer than session cookies (although how long they last will depend on the lifetime of the specific cookie)).

The table below explains the cookies we use and why:

Provider Cookie Expiry Category Description

AddThis.com (owned by Oracle)

AddThis privacy policy

__atuvc

13 months

Statistics

Updates counter on a website's social sharing function.

User visitor count. AddThis collects information from visitors that does not directly identify an individual and is designed to identify the devices used by visitors.

__atuvc

30 months

Statistics

Makes sure the user sees the updated count if they share a page with AddThis social sharing.

Holds the ID of a visit (a group of related views), and a counter for the number of views in the visit so far.

uvc

13 months

Targeting

Detects how often the social sharing service, AddThis, encounters the same user.

loc

13 months

Targeting

Geolocation, used to help providers determine how users who share information with each other are geographically located (state level).

mus

25 days

Targeting

Profile store status.

ouid

25 days

Targeting

 

uid

13 months

Targeting

Unique user ID that recognizes the user on returning visits.

AddThis.com (go.affec.tv)

Affectv privacy policy

ck

5 Years

Targeting

This is a cookie created by the AddThis social media sharing plugin. Affectv is a social analytics company that helps brands and companies to understand the users that visit their webpages.

AddThis.com (go.affec.tv)

Affectv privacy policy

oo

5 Years

Targeting

This is a cookie created by the AddThis social media sharing plugin. Affectv is a social analytics company that helps brands and companies to understand the users that visit their webpages.

AddThis.com (go.affec.tv)

Affectv privacy policy

pt

5 Years

Targeting

This is a cookie created by the AddThis social media sharing plugin. Affectv is a social analytics company that helps brands and companies to understand the users that visit their webpages.

AppNexus (adnxs.com)

AppNexus privacy policy

sess

Session cookie

Targeting

Used to check if the user's browser supports cookies.

uuid2

90 days

Targeting

Registers a unique ID that identifies a returning user's device. The ID is used for targeted ads.

_gat

Session cookie

Statistics

Used by Google Analytics to throttle request rate.

_ga

2 Years

Statistics

Used by Google to distinguish unique users.

_gid

Session cookie

Statistics

Registers a unique ID that is used to generate statistical data on how the visitor uses the website.

Provider

AddThis.com (owned by Oracle)

AddThis privacy policy
Cookie

__atuvc

Expiry

13 months

Category

Statistics

Description

Updates counter on a website's social sharing function.

User visitor count. AddThis collects information from visitors that does not directly identify an individual and is designed to identify the devices used by visitors.

Provider
Cookie

__atuvc

Expiry

30 months

Category

Statistics

Description

Makes sure the user sees the updated count if they share a page with AddThis social sharing.

Holds the ID of a visit (a group of related views), and a counter for the number of views in the visit so far.

Provider
Cookie

uvc

Expiry

13 months

Category

Targeting

Description

Detects how often the social sharing service, AddThis, encounters the same user.

Provider
Cookie

loc

Expiry

13 months

Category

Targeting

Description

Geolocation, used to help providers determine how users who share information with each other are geographically located (state level).

Provider
Cookie

mus

Expiry

25 days

Category

Targeting

Description

Profile store status.

Provider
Cookie

ouid

Expiry

25 days

Category

Targeting

Description

 

Provider
Cookie

uid

Expiry

13 months

Category

Targeting

Description

Unique user ID that recognizes the user on returning visits.

Provider

AddThis.com (go.affec.tv)

Affectv privacy policy
Cookie

ck

Expiry

5 Years

Category

Targeting

Description

This is a cookie created by the AddThis social media sharing plugin. Affectv is a social analytics company that helps brands and companies to understand the users that visit their webpages.

Provider

AddThis.com (go.affec.tv)

Affectv privacy policy
Cookie

oo

Expiry

5 Years

Category

Targeting

Description

This is a cookie created by the AddThis social media sharing plugin. Affectv is a social analytics company that helps brands and companies to understand the users that visit their webpages.

Provider

AddThis.com (go.affec.tv)

Affectv privacy policy
Cookie

pt

Expiry

5 Years

Category

Statistics

Description

This is a cookie created by the AddThis social media sharing plugin. Affectv is a social analytics company that helps brands and companies to understand the users that visit their webpages.

Provider

AppNexus (adnxs.com)

AppNexus privacy policy
Cookie

sess

Expiry

Session cookie

Category

Statistics

Description

Used to check if the user's browser supports cookies.

Provider
Cookie

uuid2

Expiry

90 days

Category

Statistics

Description

Registers a unique ID that identifies a returning user's device. The ID is used for targeted ads.

Provider
Cookie

_gat

Expiry

Session cookie

Category

Statistics

Description

Used by Google Analytics to throttle request rate.

Provider
Cookie

_ga

Expiry

2 Years

Category

Statistics

Description

Used by Google to distinguish unique users.

Provider
Cookie

_gid

Expiry

Session cookie

Category

Statistics

Description

Registers a unique ID that is used to generate statistical data on how the visitor uses the website.

How do I manage cookies?

Browsers are typically set to accept cookies automatically. You can choose to have your browser notify you when cookies are being written to your computer or accessed, or you can disable cookies entirely. To do this, please check your browser documentation or click the online 'help' files of your particular browser. However, please note that if you disable cookies in your browser some website features and services may not function properly.

If you would like to learn more about cookies generally and how to manage them, please visit allaboutcookies.org (opens in a new window).

Full details of how we collect, hold and process your personally identifiable information via the website are set out in our Privacy Policy.

Changes to this policy

We keep this policy under review and we will place any updates on this webpage.  This policy was last updated on 25 May 2018.

How to contact us

If you have any questions about this policy or our use of cookies, please contact us

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