What is a cookie?
A cookie is a file containing an identifier (a string of letters and numbers) that is sent by a web server to a web browser and is stored by the browser. The identifier is then sent back to the server each time the browser requests a page from the server.
Cookies may be either ‘persistent’ cookies or ‘session’ cookies. A persistent cookie is stored by a web browser and will remain valid until its set expiry date, unless deleted by the user before the expiry date. A session cookie expires at the end of the user session, when the web browser is closed.
Cookies do not typically contain any information that personally identifies a user, but personal information that we store about you may be linked to the information stored in and obtained from cookies.
Cookies can be used by web servers to identify and track users as they navigate different pages on a website and identify users returning to a website.
Cookies and our website
The names and types of the cookies we use are:
|_ga,_gid,_gat||These cookies are used by Google Analytics. They collect information on how visitors use the Website. The data collected is in anonymous form and is also used by Google to produce reports that help us improve the Website.|
|ASP.NET_SessionId||These are used to store user-specific information.|
|ARRAfinity||Used to aid people who need to stay with a certain instance of web app or web site in Azure.|
|NID||Used for Remarketing activity.|
|__cfduid||Used to identify individual clients behind a shared IP address and apply security settings on a per-client basis.|
|UMB_UPDCHK||Umbraco cookie that just stores on-identifiable configuration information.|
|XSRF-TOKEN||Provides protection from Cross-site request forgery (CSRF) attacks.|
|XSRF-V||Cross-site request forgery.|
|AWSALB||Preserves server session stickiness.|
Google will use this information for the purpose of evaluating your use of the Website, compiling reports on website activity for website operators and providing other services relating to website activity and internet usage. Google may also transfer this information to third parties where required to do so by law, or where such third parties process the information on Google’s behalf. Google will not associate your IP address with any other data held by Google.
Some guidance can be found here.