Cookie policy

Cookies are small data files that websites generate and ask to store on your computer. Most websites use cookies in one form or another. They are typically used to:

  • remember settings, so you don’t have to keep re-entering them whenever you visit a new page
  • remember information you give to a website, such as a list of products in your shopping basket
  • measure how you use the website so we can make sure it meets your needs

To learn more about cookies and how to manage them, visit AboutCookies.org, or please read on to find out more about how we use cookies.

Measuring Website Usage

Google Analytics is in use to collect information about how visitors use this site. This provides us with important information that can enable the site to work better. We do not link this information to your name or address.

The following cookies are used by Google Analytics:

Name Typical content Cookie expires after
_utma Randomly generated ID 2 years
_utmb Randomly generated ID 30 minutes
_utmc Randomly generated ID When you close your web browser
_utmz Randomly generated ID 6 months

Understanding your web browser capabilities

We set some cookies to store information about your browser settings, to understand which functionality to enable on the site. The following cookies are used:

Name Typical content Cookie expires after
has_js 1 or blank When you close your web browser

Remembering your choices

Certain sections of our site remember your choices, so you can be provided with the right information if you visit other pages, and then return. For example, if you filter a list of information we will remember your choice and default to that selection if you visit the page again. These choices are not tied to any personally identifiable information. The following cookies are used:

Name Typical content Cookie expires after
SESS A randomly generated string Up to 24 days

AddThis sharing

Associated with the AddThis social sharing widget. The AddThis privacy policy can be viewed here : www.addthis.com/privacy

Name Typical content Cookie expires after
_atuvc

Stores an updated page share count.

2 years
_atuvs

Stores an updated page share count.

2 years
loc Randomly generated ID 2 years
uid Tracks user logins to the AddThis Service 2 years
uit Tracks user logins to the AddThis Service 1 day
um Tracks user logins to the AddThis Service 2 years
uvc

Used by AddThis to measure frequency of visits by user.

2 years
vc

Used by AddThis to measure frequency of visits by user.

2 years
_conv_r Used by AddThis 6 months
_conv_c Used by AddThis 6 months
di2 Used by AddThis 2 years
dt Used by AddThis 6 months
ssc Used by AddThis 2 years
ssh Used by AddThis 2 years
sshs Used by AddThis 2 years
uid Used by AddThis 2 years

Kissmetrics analytics

Name Typical content Cookie expires after
km_ab_cbp Randomly generated ID 6 months
km_ai Randomly generated ID 1 year

Twitter

Name Typical content Cookie expires after
guest_id Used by Twitter to deliver adverts 2 years
remember_check_one Used by Twitter 10 years
pid Used by Twitter 2 years
eu_cn Used by Twitter 1 year