Updated: October 2016
Cookies are small files that are placed on your computer when you visit a website. Cookies allow the website to recognise your browser, and to distinguish you from other website users, by reading the contents of the cookie each time the user visits the website. They help websites to improve their users’ experiences, as well as to provide business and marketing information to the owner of the website.
Further information about the individual cookies we use and the purposes for which we use them can be found in the table below:
|Cookie name||Library||Expiration Time||Description|
|_ga||Analytics.js||2 years||Used to distinguish users.|
|_gat||Analytics.js||10 minutes||Used to throttle request rate.|
|__utmt||Ga.js||10 minutes||Used to throttle request rate.|
|__utmc||Ga.js||End of browser session||Not used in ga.js. Set for interoperability with urchin.js. Historically, this cookie operated in conjunction with the __utmb cookie to determine whether the user was in a new session/visit.|
|__utmv||Ga.js||2 years from set/update||Used to store visitor-level custom variable data. This cookie is created when a developer uses the _setCustomVar method with a visitor level custom variable. This cookie was also used for the deprecated _setVar method. The cookie is updated every time data is sent to Google Analytics.|
You can learn more about how to manage your cookies by visiting the Help function of your browser, the settings of your mobile device or you can visit www.aboutcookies.org which provides detailed information on managing cookies on popular browsers. Please be aware that parts of our websites may not function correctly if you disable cookies.