What are Cookies?
Cookies are small files which are saved on a website user's machine and contain snippets of information that can be used for anything from storing a user's preferences, to storing their IP address for analytics and tracking statistics. Cookies can be removed from your computer at any point via you browser options and settings.
The cookies that we set
Google Analytics is a system used by a large majority of websites to provide information on how users interact with a website, the pages they view and if there are a new or returning visitor. For more information on the privacy and security of the Google Analytics data please visit http://www.google.com/analytics/learn/privacy.html
This cookie is typically written upon the first visit to this site. If the cookie has been deleted via a userâ€™s web browser and they re-visit the site, a new __utma cookie is written witha different unique ID. This cookie is used to determine unique visitors to our website and it is updated with each page view. Additionally, this cookie is provided with a unique ID that Google Analytics uses to ensure both the validity and accessibility of the cookie as an extra security measure.
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This cookie is used to establish and continue a user session. When a visitor views a page, the Google Analytics code attempts to update this cookie. If it does not find the cookie, a new one is written and a new session is established. Each time a user visits a different page this cookie is updated to expire in 30 minutes, thus continuing a single session for as long as user activity continues within 30-minute intervals. This cookie expires when a user pauses on a page for longer than 30 minutes.
This cookie stores the type of referral used by the visitor to reach our website, whether via a direct method, a referring link, a website search, or a campaign such as an ad or an email link. It is used to calculate search engine traffic, ad campaigns and page navigation within our website. The cookie is updated with each page view.