(i) 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. Cookies are typically assigned to one of four categories, depending on their function and intended purpose: absolutely necessary cookies, performance cookies, functional cookies, and cookies for marketing purposes.
(ii) Types of cookies and why we use them
Absolutely necessary cookies: These cookies are essential to enable you to move around a website and use its features.
Performance cookies: These cookies collect information about how you use our websites. Information collected includes, for example, the Internet browsers and operating systems used, the domain name of the website previously visited, the number of visits, average duration of visit, and pages viewed. These cookies only collect information in an aggregated format. Performance cookies are used to improve the user-friendliness of a website and enhance your experience.
Functionality cookies: These cookies allow the website to remember choices you make (such as your username or ID, language preference, or the area or region you are in) and provide enhanced, more personal features. These cookies can also be used to remember changes you have made to text size, fonts, and other customizable parts of web pages. They may also be used to provide Services you have asked for, such as watching a video or commenting on a blog. These cookies cannot track your browsing activity on other websites.
Targeting and advertising cookies: These cookies track browsing habits and are used to deliver targeted (interest-based) advertising. They are also used to limit the number of times you see an ad and to measure the effectiveness of advertising campaigns. They remember that you have visited a website and this information is shared with other organizations, such as advertisers.
The table below explains the cookies we use and why.
|_gat_gtag_UA_36486343_6||Google uses this cookie to distinguish users.||1 minute||Analytics|
|_gat||installed by Google Universal Analytics to throttle the request rate to limit the collection of data on high traffic sites.||1 minute||Performance|
|_gid||installed by Google Analytics to store information of how visitors use a website and helps in creating an analytics report of how the wbsite is doing. The data collected including the number visitors, the source where they have come from, and the pages visted in an anonymous form.||1 day||Analytics|
|_ga||installed by Google Analytics used to calculate visitor, session, campaign data and keep track of site usage for the site’s analytics report. The cookies store information anonymously and assigns a randomly generated number to identify unique visitors.||2 years||Analytics|
|DYNSRV||used to manage server traffic demand.||Necessary|
|ADMINDYNSRV||to help the performance of the website by load balancing the server requests and are deleted when you close your browser. They do not store any personally identifiable information.||Necessary|
|eucookielaw||Cookie generated by the cookie banner.||1 year||Functionality|
|wordpress_test_cookie||Session cookie generated when logged into WordPress||Session||Administrative users only|
|wp-settings-1||Settings cookie generated when logged into WordPress to customise a users view||1 year||Fuctionality|
|wordpress_[UID]||Session cookie generated by WordPress||Session||Administrative users only|
(iii) Managing cookies
You can manage website cookies in your browser settings, and you always have the choice to change these settings by accepting, rejecting, or deleting cookies. If you choose to change your settings, you may find that certain functions and features will not work as intended. All browser settings are slightly different, so to manage cookies, you should refer to the relevant settings within your browser.
We understand that you may want to know more about cookies. Here are some useful resources that provide detailed information about types of cookies, how they are used, and how you can manage your cookie preferences: www.aboutcookies.org or www.allaboutcookies.org. Please click below for detailed information on how to disable and delete cookies in some commonly used browsers:
To find information relating to other browsers, visit the browser developer’s website.
To opt out of being tracked by Google Analytics across all websites, visit http://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout.