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Our cookies can’t harm your computer and are not used to identify you personally. They contain non-identifiable information only, in most cases just a string of randomly generated numbers and letters.  We do not use cookies for collecting personal user information.

We don't sell the information collected by cookies, nor do we disclose the information to third parties, except where required by law (for example to government bodies and law enforcement agencies).

You can learn more about cookies and how to manage them from AboutCookies.org.

Name

Description Expires
configureWidgets This is used when you configure the home page, and makes available additional controls for minimising and hiding widgets 1 year
minimizedWidgets This is used to store widgets that have been minimised 1 year
hiddenWidgets This is used to store the list of hidden widgets 1 year
JSESSIONID Randomly generated identifier, used to identify the user session and temporarily store some status information on the server When you close your browser

 

Measuring website usage

We use Google Analytics to collect information about how people use this site. For example, what you click on, how long you spend on the site and how you got here. We do this to make sure the site is meeting its users’ needs and to understand how we can improve it. This information cannot be used to identify who you are. We do not allow Google to use or share our analytics data.

Name

Description Expires
_utma This randomly generated number is used to determine unique visitors to our site. 2 years
_utmb This randomly generated number works with _utmc to calculate the average length of time users spend on our site. 30 minutes
_utmc This randomly generated number works with _utmb to calculate when you close your browser. When you close your browser
_utmz This is a randomly generated number and information about how the site was reached (e.g. direct or via a link, organic search or paid search)

6 months

 

Cookies used by Google

Name

Description Expires
_gaps This is used by Google to store user preferences and information when using Google translate 2 years
PREF This is used by Google to store user preferences and information when using Google translate 2 years
SNID This is used by Google to store user preferences and information when using Google translate 6 months
NID This is used by Google to store user preferences and information when using Google translate 6 months
Googtrans This is used by Google Translate to record the user's selected language When you close your browser

 

Cookies used by Twitter

Name

Description Expires
guest_id This cookie is used to identify you to Twitter 2 years
original_referer This is used to identify session preferences When you close your browser
_twitter_sess This is used to identify session preferences When you close your browser