What are cookies?
A cookie is a small file of letters and numbers that are placed on your computer to enable us to distinguish you from other users visiting our website. The purpose of this is to help us to provide you with a better experience when you browse our site. You can find out more below about the session cookies and analytical cookies we use and how you can opt out.
Cookies we use
|Cookie type||Name||Domain (where it is sent)||Purpose (what they track)|
|Google Analytics: _ga||nottsymca.org||Used by Google to distinguish unique users.|
|_gid||nottsymca.org||Registers a unique ID used to generate statistical data on how the visitor uses the website. If you visit the site again within 28 days, the notification will not be present.|
|PHP Session Cookie: PHPSESSID||nottsymca.org||An essential cookie used by the website to maintain ‘sessions’ (each visit to the site per user). It stores no user information.|
|Third Party Cookies||_cfduid||.cdn.syndication.twimng.com||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. A unique ID generates statistical data on how the visitor uses the website.|
|Google Analytics: _utma _utmb _utmc _utmz||.cdn.syndication.twimng.com||
These cookies are added to the session from the social media feed (e.g. Twitter) and are only present on our webpages that include a social media feed. They help to:
· Establish and continue user sessions.
· Provide a unique ID for Google Analytics to ensure validity and accessibility of the cookie as an extra security measure.
· Store types of referral used by the visitor to reach this website – whether via a direct method such as a referring link/website search, or a campaign such as an ad or an email link. Used to calculate search engine traffic, ad campaigns and page navigation within the website.
|lang||.cdn.syndication.twimng.com||Added to the session from the Twitter feed. Remembers the user’s selected language version of a website.|
|Mailmunch cookie||Mailmunch_second_pageview||Stores the value ‘true’ – used to determine whether the user has viewed the site/page previously.|
These ‘first-party’ cookies are used by our domain and allow us to ensure that our website functions correctly and operates efficiently when you use it.
Session cookies expire once you have closed our website and are not stored once your visit has ended.
They are generally not considered to be invasive of your privacy.
This type of cookie allows us to recognise and count the number of visitors to our site and to see how visitors move around our website when they are using it. This helps us to improve the way our website works, (e.g. by ensuring that users can find what they are looking for easily).
For instance, the use of website analytics software (e.g. Google Analytics) enables the charity to understand why visitors may be interested in accessing our webpages to ensure we can deliver the most user-friendly and relevant content as possible.
Third Party Cookies
These cookies are not used by our website but can sometimes be observed when watching the website’s traffic.
Many third-party cookies expire after your website session has been closed (e.g. cookies set by the CloudFlare service to identify trusted web traffic – this does not identify individual usersin the web application, nor does it store any personally identifiable information).
However, some may store content for a set period after the web session has ended. For instance, cookies used by Google to distinguish unique website users may be stored up to one year before expiring.
Some cookies added to the web session from social media feeds (e.g. Twitter) expire after the session ends, while others can be kept up to 4 months after the web session has closed. These cookies are used to identify the type of referral used by the visitor to reach the website (i.e. where did the visitor come from). This could be via a direct method such as a referring web link, a website search, or a campaign such as an advert or email newsletter link. The cookie is used to calculate search engine traffic, advert campaigns and page navigation within our website.
How to Opt-Out
While our first-party cookies work to maximise your user experience on our pages, you are under no obligation to allow this use on your computer and can opt out of third-party cookies and our use of the ‘complianceCookie’ anytime. (*Please note that if you wish to make any online purchases, cookies must be enabled for a transaction to take place.)
- Google Chrome: While in Chrome, click on the ‘Settings’ tab, then the ‘Show Advanced Settings’ tab. Next, select ‘Content Settings’ and check the box for ‘Block third-party cookies and site data’.
- Mozilla Firefox: In Firefox’s ‘Privacy’ panel, click on the area next to the Firefox wall and select ‘Use Custom Settings for History’. Once selected, remove the checkmark in the ‘Accept Cookies’ box.
- Edge: Open the Microsoft Edge. Click on the ‘More Actions’button on the toolbar, and select ‘Settings’. Search for ‘View Advanced Settings’ and click on it under the ‘Cookies’ section, select to Block cookies. Restart Edge.
- Internet Explorer: Open Internet Explorer and click the ‘Tools’ button. Next, click ‘Internet Options’ and select the ‘Privacy’ tab. Under ‘Settings’, move the slider to the top to block all cookies.