What is a cookie?
A cookie is a small file made up of letters and numbers, which is downloaded onto your computer, smartphone or mobile internet device when you access a website.
Cookies are useful because they allow a website to recognise a user’s device. They do lots of different jobs, like letting you navigate between pages on a website efficiently, remembering your preferences and generally improving the user experience. They can also help to ensure that that adverts you see online are more relevant to you and your interests.
You can find more information about cookies at www.allaboutcookies.org and www.youronlinechoices.eu .
Types of cookies
Cookies fall into the following different categories:
Strictly Necessary Cookies: These cookies are essential to enable you to move around a website and use its features. These cookies don’t gather information about you that could be used for marketing or remembering where you have been on the internet. Your consent is not needed to use this type of cookie and they cannot generally be disabled.
Performance Cookies: These cookies collect information about how visitors use a website (e.g. what pages they go to most often). The information these cookies collect is aggregated and is, therefore, anonymous. Such cookies are only used to improve how a website works.
Functionality Cookies: These cookies allow a website to remember choices you make (such as your user name, language or the region you are in) and provide enhanced, more personal features. They can also be used to remember changes that you have made to text size and fonts.
Advertising Cookies: These cookies are used to delivery adverts more relevant to you and your interests. They are also used to limit the number of times you see an advertisement. They are usually placed by advertising networks with the website operator’s permission. They remember that you have visited a website and this information is shared with other organisations, such as advertisers.
In addition, cookies will be:
- “session cookies” or “persistent cookies”. Session cookies are cookies which are deleted when you finish browsing a website (and are not stored on your computer longer than this). Persistent cookies are cookies which continue to be stored on your device after you have finished using a website, so that the website provider can remember your preferences the next time you use it; and
- “first party” or “third party” cookies. First party cookies are cookies set by the website you have browsed (i.e. the website displayed in the uniform resource locator (URL) window). Third party cookies are cookies set by a website other than the one you are browsing.
What cookies does our website use?
In this section we:
- list the cookies we use on our website;
- provide you with information about the source of the cookies;
- describe the purpose of the cookies; and
- tell you when each cookie will expire.
We’d like to draw your attention, in particular, to the fact that our website uses Google Analytics cookies. Information collected by Google Analytics cookies will be transmitted to and stored by Google on servers in the United States of America in accordance with its privacy practices. To see an overview of privacy at Google and how this applies to Google Analytics, please click here .
| Cookie Name||Source||Purpose||Expiry|
|_utmv||Geldards.com||Saves user-defined tracking parameters for use in google analytics||Session|
|_utmz||Geldards.com||Collects data on where the user came from, what search engine was used, what link was clicked and what search term was used||6 months|
|p.gif||Typekit.net||Ensures our fonts are displayed correctly||Session|
|_atuvs||Geldards.com||Ensures that the updated counter is displayed to the user if a page is shared with the social sharing service AddThis||Session|
|Lang||cdn.syndication.twimg.com||Remembers users' language version on a website|| Session|
|_utm.gif||google-analytics.com||Tracking code that logs details about a visitor's browser and computer||Session|
|_utma||Geldards.com||Collects data on the number of times a user has visited the website as well as the date of the first and the most recent visit||2 years|
|_utmb||Geldards.com||Registers a timestamp with the exact time of when the user accessed the website||Session|
|_utmc||Geldards.com||Registers a timestamp with the exact time of when the user leaves the website||Session|
|_utmt||Geldards.com||Used to throttle the speed of requests to the server||Session|
| Cookie Name||Source||Purpose||Expiry|
|uvc||Addthis.com||Detects how often the social sharing service, AddThis, encounters the same user||1 year|
|vc||Addthis.com||Used by the social sharing platform AddThis||1 year|
|xtc||Addthis.com||Registers the user's sharing of content via social media||1 year|
|_atuvc||Geldards.com||Updates the counter of a website's social sharing features||1 year|
|uid||Addthis.com||Creates a unique, machine-generated user ID. The user ID is used to make it possible for the user to share content across social networks and provide detailed statistics to various providers||1 year|
|loc||Addthis.com||Geolocation, which is used to help providers determine how users who share information with each other are geographically located||1 year|
|mus||Addthis.com|| Ensures the social sharing plugin AddThis works correctly||1 year|
|bt2||Addthis.com||Used by the social sharing platform AddThis to keep a record of parts of the website that have been visited in order to recommend other parts of the website||255 days|
|di2||Addthis.com||Allows users to share content directly from Geldards.com via the AddThis share buttons||1 year|
|i/jot/syndication||Twitter.com||Used by the social networking service, Twitter, for tracking the use of embedded services||Session|
| lidc||Linkedin.com||Used by the social networking service, LinkedIn, for tracking the use of embedded services||Session|
| _at.cww||Geldards.com||Used by the social sharing platform AddThis||Persistent|
|at-lojon-cache-#||Geldards.com||Used by the social sharing platform AddThis||Persistent|
|at-rand||Geldards.com||Used by the social sharing platform AddThis||Persistent|
| Cookie Name||Source||Purpose||Expiry|
| TDCPM||Adsrvr.org||Registers a unique ID that identifies a returning user's device. The ID is used for targeted ads|| 1 year|
| TDID||Adsrvr.org||Registers a unique ID that identifies a returning user's device. The ID is used for targeted ads||1 year|
|SEUNCY||Semasio.net||Registers a unique ID that identifies the user's device for return visits||179 days|
|TapAd_DID||Tapad.com||Used to determine what type of device (smartphones, tablets, computers, TVs etc.) is used by a user||2 months|
|TapAd_TS||Tapad.com|| Used to determine what type of device (smartphones, tablets, computers, TVs etc.) is used by a user|| 2 months|
| TapAd_TTD_SYNC||Tapad.com||Used to deliver adverts more relevant to you and your interests. They are also used to limit the number of times you see an advertisement as well as to help measure the effectiveness of the advertising campaign.||2 months|
| r/collect||Doubleclick.net||Used to improve advertising. ||Session|
|RUN_ID||Rundsp.com||Used to deliver adverts more relevant to you and your interests. They are also used to limit the number of times you see an advertisement as well as to help measure the effectiveness of the advertising campaign.||3 months|
|bkdc||Bluekai.com||Registers user data (such as IP address, geographical location, visited websites and what ads the user has clicked) with the purpose of optimising the advertisements displayed (based on the user's movement on websites that use the same ad network)||179 days|
|bku||Bluekai.com||Registers anonymised user data (such as IP address, geographical location, visited websites and which ads the user has clicked) with the purpose of optimising ad displayed based on the users movement on websites that use the same ad network)|| 179 days|
|uuid||Mathtag.com||Collects data on the user's visit to the website, such as what pages have been loaded. The registered data is used for targeted ads||1 year|
|uuidc||Mathag.com||Collects data on the user's visit to the website, such as what pages have been loaded. The registered data is used for targeted ads||1 year|
| _atrfs||Geldards.com||Collects data on the user's visit to the website||Session|
Other than “Strictly Necessary Cookies", which are essential for the functioning of our website, if you do not wish to accept all of the cookies used on our website, you can set your internet browser settings to reject, restrict or block some or all of the cookies we use. These settings are usually found in the 'options' or 'preferences' menu of your internet browser.
Please note that, if you do set your browser to reject, restrict or block some or all of the cookies we use, you may not be able to use all of the features of our website.
Where our website contains links to other sites or resources provided by third parties, these links are provided for your information only and we have no control over the content of those sites or resources or the cookies they use.