‘Essential’ cookies are automatically placed on your computer or device when you access our website or take certain actions on our website. ‘Non-essential’ cookies and other technologies are only placed on your computer or device if you have consented to us doing so. For information on the difference between essential and non-essential cookies, see the section below entitled About cookies.
For information on how you consent and how you can withdraw your consent to us placing non-essential cookies and other technologies on your computer or device, see the section below entitled How to accept or reject cookies.
- About cookies
- List of cookies used
- Non-essential cookies
- How to accept or reject cookies
What are cookies?
Cookies are small data files sent by a website’s server to a web browser, processor memory or hard drive and stored there. They can be used for a range of different purposes, such as customising a website for a particular user, helping a user navigate a website, improving that user’s website experience, and storing that user’s preferences and login information.
Essential and non-essential cookies
Cookies can be classified as either ‘essential’ or ‘non-essential’.
Essential cookies: these are cookies that are either:
- used solely to carry out or facilitate the transmission of communications over a network; or
- strictly necessary to provide an online service (e.g. our website or a service on our website) which you have requested.
Non-essential cookies: these are any cookies that do not fall within the definition of essential cookies, such as cookies used to analyse your behaviour on a website (‘analytical’ cookies) or cookies used to display advertisements to you (‘advertising’ cookies).
Session and persistent cookies
Cookies can be classified as either ‘session’ or ‘persistent’, depending on how long they last after they are placed on your browser.
Session cookies: session cookies last for as long as you keep your browser open. They expire when you close your browser.
Persistent cookies: persistent cookies expire at a fixed point in time or if you manually delete them from your browser, whichever occurs first.
First and third party cookies
Cookies can be classified as ‘first party’ or ‘third party’.
First party cookies: these are cookies placed on your device by our website domain.
Third party cookies: these are cookies placed on your device by third party website domains.
If you require further information about cookies in general, please visit www.allaboutcookies.org
List of cookies used
We use the following cookies on or in relation to our website:
|Name of Cookie
|Essential or Non-essential?||Type of cookie||First or Third party?||Session or Persistent?||Expiry Time||Purpose|
|_cfduid||Non-essential||Functional (security)||Third party||Persistent||1 year||Cloudflare cookie used to identify trusted web traffic.|
|VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE||Non-essential||Functional||Third Party||Persistent||179 days||Tries to estimate the users’ bandwidth on pages with integrated YouTube videos.|
|_gat||Non-essential||Functional||First party||Session||End of browser session||Used by Google to throttle the request rate.|
|_ga||Non-essential||Analytical||First party||Persistent||2 years||To distinguish website visitors.|
|_gid||Non-Essential||Analytical||First party||Session||End of browser session||Generates statistical data on how a visitor uses the website.|
|__utma||Non-essential||Analytical||Third party||Persistent||2 years||Collects data on the number of times a user has visited the web site as w ell as dates for the first and most recent visit. Used by Google Analytics.|
|__utmb||Non-essential||Analytical||Third party||Session||End of browser session||Registers a timestamp with the exact time of when the user leaves the web site. Used by Google Analytics to calculate the duration of a web site visit.|
|__utmc||Non-essential||Analytical||Third party||Session||End of browser session||Registers a timestamp with the exact time of when the user leaves the web site. Used by Google Analytics to calculate the duration of a web site visit.|
|__utmt||Non-essential||Functional||Third party||Session||End of browser session||Used to throttle the speed of requests to the server.|
|__utmz||Non-essential||Analytical||Third party||Persistent||6 months||Collects data on where the user came from, what search engine was used, what link was clicked and what search term was used. Used by Google Analytics.|
|PREF||Non-Essential||Analytical||Third Party||Persistent||8 months||Registers a unique ID that is used by Google to keep statistics of how the visitor uses YouTube videos across different websites.|
|YSC||Non-Essential||Analytical||Third Party||Session||End of browser session||Registers a unique ID to keep statistics of what videos from YouTube the user has seen.|
|@@History/@@scroll|#||Non-Essential||Analytical||Third & First Party||Session||End of browser session||Tracks user page scrolling state.|
|GPS||Non-Essential||Analytical||Third Party||Session||End of browser session||Registers a unique ID on mobile devices to enable tracking based on geographical GPS location.|
|_drip_client||Non-Essential||Analytical||First Party||Session||End of browser session||Session tracking, allowing us to record the pages a user visit|
|nominet_session||Essential||Essential (client authentication)||First Party||Persistent||2 years||Account identification cookie used to recognise account holders and to preserve login status on the https://myaccount.socialtechtrust.org site|
These are cookies which are strictly necessary for our website to be able to operate or to provide you with a service on our website which you have requested. We use the following essential cookies on our website:
- first party persistent cookies set by us when you access our https://myaccount.socialtechtrust.org website for the purpose of account-holder authentication and recognising account holders when they access our website from the same browsing device. These cookies are nominet_session. These cookies expire after 2 years.
Legal basis for processing: we process information about you contained in or obtained from essential cookies in our legitimate interests (Article 6(1)(f) of the General Data Protection Regulation).
Legitimate interests: ensuring our site functions properly and providing you with online services you have requested.
How to opt out of essential cookies
Most browsers allow you to block all cookies, including essential cookies. Please note, however, that if you block all cookies, parts of our website and its functionality may not work or display properly.
You can delete existing cookies from your browser by clearing your browsing data and ensuring that the option to delete cookies is selected.
For more detailed information on how to accept and reject cookies, including guidance for specific browsers, please see the section below entitled How to accept or reject cookies
We use the following types of non-essential cookies on our website:
- Functional cookies
- Analytical (or performance) cookies
- Targeting (or advertising) cookies
These are cookies that are designed for purposes such as enhancing a website’s functionality. These are either not strictly essential for the website or functionality which you have requested to work, or are cookies which serve non-essential purposes in addition to their essential purpose. We use the following functional cookies on our website:
- a third party persistent cookie used to identify trusted web traffic. This cookie is called _cfduid and expires after 1 year.
- a first party session cookie used to help Google Analytics manage the number of users on our website. This Cookie is called _gat
- a third party persistent cookie to improve the loading time and functionality of videos on our website. This cookie is: VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE. This cookie expires after 179 days.
How to opt in or out from functional cookies
See the section below entitled How to accept or reject cookies
Processing information about you contained in or obtained from functional cookies
Legal basis for processing: we process information about you contained in or obtained from functional cookies in our legitimate interests (Article 6(1)(f) of the General Data Protection Regulation). We will only process such personal information if you have consented to us placing cookies on your computer or device.
Legitimate interests: improving your website experience and providing and enhancing the website’s functionality.
Analytical (or performance) cookies
Analytical (or performance) cookies track and gather data about what a user does on a website. These cookies are not essential for our website or its functionality to work. We use the following analytical cookies on our website:
- Google Analytics cookies to help us understand how you engage and interact with our website, including how you came to our website, which pages you visited, for how long and what you clicked on and your location (based on your IP address). The Google Analytics cookies used on our website are: _ga and __utma which are persistent cookies and expire after 2 years, __utmz which is a persistent cookie and expires after 6 months and _gid, __utmb and __utmc which are session cookies. We also use the Google Analytics cookie _gat and __utmt, which are explained in more detail in the ‘functional cookies’ section above.
- YouTube cookies to track when you watch YouTube videos on websites across the internet. These generate statistics on the videos you watch such as how many videos you watch and for how long. These cookies are: PREF, YSC and GPS. YSC and GPS are session cookies and PREF is a persistent cookie expiring after 8 months.
- a first and first party session cookie used to track user page scrolling state. This cookie is called @@History/@@scroll|#
- a first party session cookie used to in session tracking, allowing us to record the pages a user visit. This cookie is called _drip_client
For information on how Google uses data from cookies it uses, please visit www.google.com/policies/privacy/partners/
How to opt in or out from analytical cookies
See the section below entitled How to accept or reject cookies
To opt out of Google Analytics tracking across all websites in general, you can do so here: http://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout
Processing information about you contained in or obtained from analytical cookies
Legal basis for processing: we process information about you contained in or obtained from analytical cookies in our legitimate interests (Article 6(1)(f) of the General Data Protection Regulation).
How to accept or reject cookies
There are a number of different ways in which you can accept or reject some or all cookies and similar technologies. Some of the main methods of doing so are described below.
You are welcome to block the use of some or all of the cookies we use on our website. However, please be aware that doing so may impair our website and its functionality or may even render some or all of it unusable.
You should also be aware that clearing all cookies from your browser will also delete any cookies that are storing your preferences, for example, whether you have accepted cookies on a website or any cookies that are blocking other cookies.
You can find more detailed information about cookies and adjusting your browser settings by visiting www.allaboutcookies.org
Accepting or rejecting cookies
Cookie control tool
You can accept or reject non-essential cookies by using our cookie management tool.
You can accept or reject some or all cookies (for example, blocking all third party cookies) by adjusting your browser settings. If you do not know how to do this, the links below set out information about how to change your browser settings for some of the most commonly used web browsers:
- Google Chrome: https://support.google.com/chrome/answer/95647?hl=en-GB
- Mozilla Firefox: https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/delete-browsing-search-download-history-firefox?redirectlocale=en-US&redirectslug=Clear+Recent+History
- Microsoft Internet Explorer: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/278835/how-to-delete-cookie-files-in-internet-explorer
- Apple Safari: https://support.apple.com/kb/PH5042?locale=en_US
Some browsers, such as Chrome and Firefox, allow you to change your settings to browse in ‘incognito’ mode, limiting the amount of data placed on your machine and automatically deleting any persistent cookies placed on your device when you finish your browsing session. There are also many third-party applications which you can add to your browser to block or manage cookies.
To clear cookies that have previously been placed on your browser, you should select the option to clear your browsing history and ensure that the option to delete or clear cookies is included when you do so.
Google Analytics Opt-out Browser Add-on
You can opt out of Google Analytics tracking by installing the browser add-on which is available here: http://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout
You can manage and opt out of personalisation of advertisements by Google by visiting Google’s ad settings page here https://adssettings.google.com/ and by:
- unticking the button entitled ‘Also use Google Account activity and information to personalize ads on these websites and apps and store that data in your Google Account’; and
- switching the ‘Ads Personalisation’ setting off (i.e. by ensuring the switch at the top of the page is set to the left/grey and not the right/blue).
Alternatively, you can install a free browser plugin here: https://support.google.com/ads/answer/7395996
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