What are cookies?
Cookies are small text files that are stored on your computer or other devices when a website is loaded into your browser, to collect standard internet log information and visitor behaviour information. When you visit our websites, we may collect information automatically through cookies or similar technologies.
Cookies are used to “remember” you and your preferences, either for a single visit or for multiple repeat visits. They provide you a consistent visiting experience and perform essential functions such as allowing you to register and remain logged in. Cookies may be first-party, meaning they are set by the website you are visiting or by third-party, such as those who provide content or advertising or analytics services on the website.
Our websites and HTML emails may contain other tracking information including “web beacons” or “pixels”. These are often transparent graphic images placed on a website or email to monitor the behaviour of the user visiting the website. They are often used in conjunction with cookies, if you disable cookies, web beacons may still load but their functionality will be restricted.
- We use essential or functional cookies to allow you to experience the full website.
- We use customizer cookies to make it more personal for you, including recognizing you when you visit our website and your preferences you have previously selected. This can include the language and what location you are in.
- We use performance cookies to tell us how you use our website and help us improve it. For example, how often you visit and how visitors move around on the website. This allows us to make it easier for people to find information on the website.
Details of cookies we use
|Cookie name||Expiration time||Description|
|_ga||2 years||Used by Google Analytics to distinguish users.|
|_gid||24 hours||Used by Google Analytics to track user activity over different browsing sessions.|
|_utma||2 years from set/update||Used by Google Analytics to distinguish users and sessions. The cookie is updated every time data is sent to Google Analytics.|
|__utmb||30 mins from set/update||Used by Google Analytics to record the timestamp of the moment that users enter our site. The cookie is updated every time data is sent to Google Analytics.|
|__utmc||End of browser session||Used by Google Analytics to determine whether the user was in a new session/visit.|
|__utmz||6 months from set/update||Used by Google Analytics to store the traffic source or campaign that explains how the user reached our site.|
|__utmv||2 years from set/update||Used by Google Analytics to store visitor-level data. The cookie is updated every time data is sent to Google Analytics.|
|__utmx||18 months||Used by Google Analytics to determine a user's inclusion in an experiment.|
|__utmxx||18 months||Used by Google Analytics to determine the expiry of experiments a user has been included in.|
|_gaexp||Depends on the length of the experiment, but typically 90 days.||Used by Google Analytics to determine a user's inclusion in an experiment and the expiry of experiments a user has been included in.|
|optawcid||24 hours||Used by Google Analytics for campaigns mapped to Google Ads Customer IDs.|
|optawmid||24 hours||Used by Google Analytics for campaigns mapped to Google Ads Campaign IDs.|
|optwgid||24 hours||Used by Google Analytics for campaigns mapped to Google Ads Ad Group IDs.|
|optawkid||24 hours||Used by Google Analytics for campaigns mapped to Google Ads Criterion IDs.|
|optutmc||24 hours||Used by Google Analytics to store the last utm_campaign query parameter.|
How do you change cookie preferences or block cookies?
You can choose to accept cookies or not within your browser. Each browser has different controls, generally including choosing to accept, refuse or delete cookies at all times or those from specific websites. Each browser’s website should contain instructions on how you can do this.
If you choose to block cookies on our website, you may be unable to access certain areas of the website and certain functions and pages may not work in the usual way.