Cookie Policy

Effective: March 27, 2019

A browser cookie is a small piece of data that is stored on your device to help websites and mobile apps remember things about you. Other technologies, including Web storage and identifiers associated with your device, may be used for similar purposes. In this policy, we say “cookies” to refer to all of these technologies.
Our Privacy Policy explains how we collect and use information from and about you when you use this site. This policy explains more about how we use cookies and your related choices.
You need to be aware that if you do not accept cookies this site or part of it may not work properly

Types of cookies

  • 'Session' cookies remain in your browser during your browser session only, ie until you leave the website.
  • 'Persistent' cookies remain in your browser after the session (unless deleted by you).
  • 'Performance' cookies collect information about your use of the website, such as webpages visited and any error messages; they do not collect personally identifiable information, and the information collected is aggregated such that it is anonymous. Performance cookies are used to improve how a website works.
  • 'Functionality' cookies allow the website to remember any choices you make about the website (such as changes to text size, customised pages) or enable services such as commenting on a blog.

Use of cookies by Strategy

The cookies in use to deliver Google Analytics service are described in the table below.

Cookie Name Description Duration
Google Analytics __utma This cookies is typically written to the browser upon the first visit. If the cookie has been deleted by the browser operator, and the browser subsequently visits our site, a new __utma cookie is written with a different unique ID. In most cases, this cookie is used to determine unique visitors to our site and it is updated with each page view. Additionally, this cookie is provided with a unique ID that Google Analytics uses to ensure both the validity and accessibility of the cookie as an extra security measure. 2 years from set/update.
Google Analytics __utmb This cookie is used to establish and continue a user session with our site. When a user views a page on our site, the Google Analytics code attempts to update this cookie. If it does not find the cookie, a new one is written and a new session is established. Each time a user visits a different page on our site; this cookie is updated to expire in 30 minutes, thus continuing a single session for as long as user activity continues within 30-minute intervals. This cookie expires when a user pauses on a page on our site for longer than 30 minutes. 30 minutes from set/ update.
Google Analytics __utmc Historically, this cookie operated in conjunction with the __utmb cookie to determine whether or not to establish a new session for the user. For backwards compatibility purposes with sites still using theurchin.js tracking code, this cookie will continue to be written and will expire when the user exits the browser. However, if you are debugging your site tracking and you use the ga.js tracking code, you should not interpret the existence of this cookie in relation to Session.
Google Analytics __utmt This cookie is not normally present in a default configuration of the tracking code. The __utmt cookie passes the information provided via the _setVar() method, which you use to create a custom user segment. This string is then passed to the Analytics servers in the GIF request URL via the utmccparameter. This cookie is only written if you have added the_setVar() method for the tracking code on your website page. 2 years from set/ update.
Google Analytics __utmz This cookie stores the type of referral used by the visitor to reach our site, whether via a direct method, a referring link, a website search, or a campaign such as an ad or an email link. It is used to calculate search engine traffic, ad campaigns and page navigation within our site. The cookie is updated with each page view to our site. 6 months from set/ update.
CloudFlare __cfduid The '__cfduid' cookie is set by the CloudFlare service to identify trusted web traffic. It does not correspond to any user id in the web application, nor does the cookie store any personally identifiable information. https://support.cloudflare.com/hc/en-us/articles/200170156-What-does-the-CloudFlare-cfduid-cookie-do- 5 years
disqus.com G_ENABLED_IDPS Used for secure login to the website with a Google account. 2914915 days
disqus.com aet-dismiss Necessary for the functionality of the website's comment-system. Persistent
disqus.com drafts.queue Necessary for the functionality of the website's comment-system. Persistent
disqus.com submitted_posts_cache Necessary for the functionality of the website's comment-system. Persistent
disqus.com juggler/event.gif Identifies the visitor across devices and visits, in order to optimize the chat-box function on the website. Session
Twitter local_storage_support_test The cookie is used in context with the local-storage function in the browser. This function allows the website to load faster by pre-loading certain procedures. Persistent

Disabling Cookies

If you would like to restrict the use of cookies you can control this in your Internet browser. Links to advice on how to do this for the most popular Internet browsers are provided below for convenience and will be available for the Internet browser of your choice either online or via the software help (normally available via key F1).

Internet Explorer http://windows.microsoft.com/en-GB/windows7/Block-enable-or-allow-cookies

Google Chrome https://support.google.com/chrome/bin/answer.py?hl=en-GB&answer=95647&p=cpn_cookies

Mozilla Firefox http://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/Blocking%20cookies

Apple Safari http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=32467