Cookies

Cookies are small files which our website will transfer to your computer, mobile phone or other device to improve your use of the site (for example, so that you do not automatically need to re-enter your username and password in order to access areas of the site restricted to registered users). These cookies are not used to identify you personally, or to hold any personal data.

We use cookies to keep track of your username should you wish to login automatically, and in some circumstances to keep track of any personalised features associated with you.

We also use 'session cookies' to maintain your website use during a session. Session cookies are not stored on our server or on your computer, and are removed shortly after your browser session ends. If you disable or restrict session cookies, you may not be able to make full use of our website.

Cookies are also used to help monitor the use of the website, for example to measure how many people are using the site so it can be improved and there is enough capacity to ensure the site is functional.

For more information about cookies, including how to manage and reject them, see the All About Cookies website.

First-party cookies

Cookie namePurposeExpires
SERVERIDBalances web traffic across our serversWhen you close your browser
.ASPXAUTHDetermines if a user is authenticatedWhen you close your browser
ASP.NET _SessionIdTracks session stateWhen you close your browser

Third-party cookies

Google Analytics

Cookie namePurposeExpires
_umtaIdentifies unique visitors for Google AnalyticsAfter 2 years
_utmbDetermine the visitor's session for Google AnalyticsAfter 30 minutes
_utmcDetermine the visitor's session for Google AnalyticsWhen you close your browser
_utmzDetermine the source from which the visitor traversed from for Google AnalyticsAfter 6 months
_utmvClassifies the visitor for Google AnalyticsAfter 2 years

addThis

Cookie namePurposeExpires
__atuvcUsed to update 'share count' for social media such as addThisAfter 2 years
uitAllows a user to share a web page via social mediaAfter 24 hours
uidAllows a user to share a web page via social mediaAfter 2 years
uvcAllows a user to share a web page via social mediaAfter 2 years
pscAllows a user to share a web page via social mediaAfter 2 years
locAllows a user to share a web page via social mediaAfter 3 months
dtAllows a user to share a web page via social mediaAfter 1 month
diAllows a user to share a web page via social mediaAfter 2 years
sshService share history, used for configuring addThis preferred servicesAfter 2 years
sshsService share history, used for configuring addThis preferred servicesAfter 2 years
sscStores the name of last used social media serviceAfter 2 years

Xgraph (part of addThis)

Cookie namePurposeExpires
_xgcidCollects, measures and segments user interests from their web behaviourAfter 3 years
_xguidCollects, measures and segments user interests from their web behaviourAfter 3 years
_mpushCollects, measures and segments user interests from their web behaviourAfter 1 day

m6d.com (part of addThis)

Cookie namePurposeExpires
clidCollects data on your browsing behaviourAfter 6 months
ipinfoCollects data on your browsing behaviourAfter 6 months
acsCollects data on your browsing behaviourAfter 6 months

affec.tv

Cookie namePurposeExpires
ckUses cookies to provide social dataAfter 5 years
ooUses cookies to provide social dataAfter 5 years
ptUses cookies to provide social dataAfter 6 months

appnexus

Cookie namePurposeExpires
uuid2Collects data on your browsing behaviourAfter 3 months
sessCollects data on your browsing behaviourAfter 1 day

YouTube

Cookie namePurposeExpires
VISITOR_INFO1_LIVEUsed to determine which version of the YouTube homepage you get if you visit it - because of YouTube video on siteAfter 8 months
use_hitboxAllows the counter for the video to increment on the YouTube site - because of YouTube video on siteWhen you close your browser
PREFStores YouTube user preferences - because of YouTube video on siteAfter 10 years