Last updated 29 June 2020

What is a cookie?

A cookie is a small file of letters and numbers that we store on your browser or the hard drive of your computer if you agree. Cookies contain information that is transferred to your computer's hard drive. Our website uses cookies to distinguish you from other users of our website. This helps us to provide you with a good experience when you browse our website and also allows us to improve our site.

We use the following cookies:

Strictly necessary cookies. These are cookies that are required for the operation of our website.

The strictly necessary cookies we use include:

  • SERVER ID security cookie

Analytical or performance cookies. Analytics software is used on this website to collect non-personal data to help us improve the visitor experience. This data is collected by way of a cookie dispatched when you download a page. This cookie does not identify the user.

These allow us to recognise and count the number of visitors and to see how visitors move around our website when they are using it. This helps us to improve the way our website works, for example, by ensuring that users are finding what they are looking for easily.

The analytical cookies we use include:

  • _ga - analytics
  • _gat - analytics  
  • _gid - analytics

Functionality cookies. These are used to recognise you when you return to our website. This enables us to remember your preferences (for example, your choice of language or region).

The functionality cookies we use include:

  • Session cookies which are randomly generated
  • cookiesDirective
  • cpnb_cookiesSettings

You can find more information about the individual cookies we use and the purposes for which we use them in the table below:

Cookie Title/Name

Purpose

More information

_ga

This cookie name is associated with Google Universal Analytics - which is a significant update to Google's more commonly used analytics service. This cookie is used to distinguish unique users by assigning a randomly generated number as a client identifier. It is included in each page request in a site and used to calculate visitor, session and campaign data for the sites analytics reports. By default it is set to expire after 2 years, although this is customisable by website owners.

https://cookiepedia.co.uk/cookies/_ga

_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. It expires after 10 minutes.

https://cookiepedia.co.uk/cookies/_gat

_gid

This cookie name is associated with Google Universal Analytics. This appears to be a new cookie and as of Spring 2017 no information is available from Google. It appears to store and update a unique value for each page visited.

https://cookiepedia.co.uk/cookies/_gid

SERVER ID

Usually used for load balancing. Identifies the server that delivered the last page to the browser. Associated with the HAProxy Load Balancer software.

https://cookiepedia.co.uk/cookies/SERVERID

Session cookie

We typically use session cookies to ensure that you are recognised when you move from page to page within one site and that any information you have entered is remembered.

https://www.allaboutcookies.org/cookies/session-cookies-used-for.html

cookiesDirective, cpnb_cookiesSettings

Are used to remember choice of accepting Cookie Acceptance notification

n/a

We use Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google Inc. Google Inc. stores the information collected by the cookie on servers in the United States. Google may also transfer this information to third parties where required to do so by law, or where such third parties process the information on Google's behalf. Google will not associate your IP address with any other data held by Google. By using this site, you consent to the processing of data by Google Inc. in the manner and for the purposes set out above.

For more information on the cookie set by Google Analytics, please visit: www.google.com/policies/technologies/cookies/

You can block cookies by activating the setting on your browser that allows you to refuse the setting of all or some cookies. However, if you use your browser settings to block all cookies (including essential cookies) you may not be able to access all or parts of our website.

Except for 3rd party cookies and as otherwise set out in the table above, all cookies will expire after 60 days.