Cookie Usage Policy

What is a cookie?

Cookies are small text files that are placed on your computer by websites that you visit. They are widely used in order to make websites work, or work more efficiently, as well as to provide information to the owners of the site.   

How we use cookies

We use cookies to control how the pages look, to remember your preferences, to control access to secure parts of the website and for some advanced functionality (such as embedding videos).  We also use cookies via Google Analytics in order to track the usage of our site and to provide a better user experience.  Cookies are an important aid in improving and maintaining our website. When someone visits our website we collect standard internet log information and details of visitor behaviour patterns. We do this to find out things such as the number of visitors to the various parts of the site and this information is collected in a way that does not identify individuals. We do not associate any data gathered from this site with any personally identifying information from any source.  If you do not wish to use cookies then please disable them using your browser settings.  

Cookies used by this website

Cookies, whether they are ‘session’ (existing during the period a user visits the site until they leave and close their browser) or ‘persistent’ (existing for a defined amount of time, irrespective of the user leaving a site and closing their browser), are also described as first-party or third-party cookies.  Cookies relating to content coming from the page’s primary server are first party cookies. Where the web page’s content does not come from the page's primary server they are referred to as third-party cookies (such as YouTube). Listed here are all the cookies that we use to manage website delivery to your browser:  

First party

  • Session cookie
  • Google Analytics cookies for site 
  • Google Analytics cookies for Poll Daddy
  • AddThis (social sharing) 
 

Third party

  • AddThis (social sharing)
  • AdTech (advert serving)
  • YouTube (hosted videos)
  • Vimeo (hosted videos) 
  • Daily Motion (hosted videos) 
 

Specific information on first party cookies used

Session cookies

A Session Cookie enhances the user experience when using the website. These enable you to carry out some essential functions on our site, such as maintaining log-in details for the session. They also help by minimising the need to transfer information across the net. They are not stored on your computer and they expire when you terminate your browser session.  

Google Analytics cookies for this site and Poll Daddy 

Google Analytics cookies define user sessions as well as to provide a number of key features in their reports. PollDaddy maintains their own Google Analytic cookies for pages where a Poll appears.    Google Analytics cookies for site __utma: This Cookie is used to identify unique visitors to our sites. The results are sent to our Google Analytics account so that we may see how many unique visitors come to this site based over a period of time. This is a persistent cookie and expires in 2 years. __utmb: This cookie is used by Google Analytics to determine the visitor session times on our sites. Each time you visit a new page on the site the cookie is set to expire within 30 minutes, if it does not find an existing cookie, a new one is created. __utmc: This cookie is used by Google Analytics in conjunction with __utmb to determine visitor sessions. Unlike __utmb this cookie does not have an expiry date, it determines whether a new session should be created based on whether you have previously closed your browser, re-opened it and come back to the site. As a Session cookie, it runs just for that visit. __utmz: This cookie is used by Google Analytics to determine the type of referral used by each visitor to arrive at our site. The cookie determines if the user has come directly to the site or via a search engine, email or email campaign. We use this data to understand how our users arrive at the website. It is a persistent cookie and expires in 6 months.   Google Analytics cookies for Poll Daddy __utma: This Cookie is used to identify unique visitors to our sites. The results are sent to our Google Analytics account so that we may see how many unique visitors come to this site based over a period of time. This is a persistent cookie and expires in 2 years. __utmb: This cookie is used by Google Analytics to determine the visitor session times on our sites. Each time you visit a new page on the site the cookie is set to expire within 30 minutes, if it does not find an existing cookie, a new one is created. __utmc: This cookie is used by Google Analytics in conjunction with __utmb to determine visitor sessions. Unlike __utmb this cookie does not have an expiry date, it determines whether a new session should be created based on whether you have previously closed your browser, re-opened it and come back to the site. As a Session cookie, it runs just for that visit. __utmz: This cookie is used by Google Analytics to determine the type of referral used by each visitor to arrive at our site. The cookie determines if the user has come directly to the site or via a search engine, email or email campaign. We use this data to understand how our users arrive at the website. It is a persistent cookie and expires in 6 months.  

AddThis cookie

__atuvc: AddThis (social bookmarks): Show updated count of shares after submitting an article. It is a persistent cookie and expires in 2 years.  

Specific information on third party cookies used

AddThis cookies

uid: AddThis (social bookmarks): tracks user logins to the AddThis Service. It is a persistent cookie and expires in 2 years. uit: AddThis (social bookmarks): tracks user logins to the AddThis Service. It is a persistent cookie and expires in 1 day. uvc: AddThis (social bookmarks): Used by AddThis to measure frequency of visits by user. It is a persistent cookie and expires in 2 years. psc: Addthis (social bookmarks): Record user sharing. It is a persistent cookie and expires in 90 days. loc: AddThis (social bookmarks): Use geolocation to show where users are sharing links. It is a persistent cookie and expires in 90 days. dt: AddThis (social bookmarks): Helper cookie to manage expiry of other AddThis Cookie. It is a persistent cookie and expires in 1 month. di: AddThis (social bookmarks): Helper cookie to manage expiry of other AddThis Cookies. It is a persistent cookie and expires in 2 years.  

AdTech cookie

JEB2: AdTech: This cookie is used by AdTech to identify how many users click on advertisements. It is a persistent cookie and expires in 2 years.  

YouTube cookie

VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE: Youtube: Track user video views. It is a persistent cookie and expires in 240 days.  

Vimeo cookie

aka_debug: Vimeo: Debugging cookie. As a Session cookie, it runs just for that visit.  

Daily Motion cookie 

tg: DailyMotion videos: Track user video views. It is a persistent cookie and expires in 10 years.   For further information on how Google Analytics uses cookies:  http://developers.google.com/analytics/resources/concepts/... Information on how to disable cookies:www.aboutcookies.org


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