Cookies

This page contains information about the cookies that may be set by this website. These cookies will not be set all the time, some of the cookies listed will only be set if you look at specific pages or carry out specific actions. This page also provides information that can help you block or delete cookies set by this website.

Topics:

  • How to control and delete cookies
  • List of the main cookies on this website
  • Third Party Cookies
  • Local Shared Objects (Flash Cookies)

1. How to control and delete cookies

This website will not use cookies to collect personally identifiable information about you. However, if you wish to restrict or block the cookies which are set by this website you can do this through your browser settings. The Help function within your browser should tell you how.

Alternatively, you may wish to visit www.aboutcookies.org which contains comprehensive information on how to do this on a wide variety of browsers. You will also find details on how to delete cookies from your computer as well as more general information about cookies. For information on how to do this on the browser of your mobile phone you will need to refer to your handset manual.

Please be aware that restricting cookies may impact on the functionality of this website.

This website uses services provided by other companies (e.g. Google, Vimeo) who also set cookies on this website on our behalf in order to deliver the services that they are providing.

If you would like more information about the cookies used by these suppliers, as well as information on how to opt-out, please continue reading.

 

2. List of the main cookies on this website

This website contains areas which are not accessible without logging in using a username and password. These restricted areas are used for a range of activities including the administration of the website, the provision of members only content, and management of users profiles.

Access is managed with a standard Cookie that will be set to persist and will allow automatic login on return and login into other resources.

Within these restricted areas other cookies may be set automatically. These cookies are associated with scripts and applications that are used as part of the administration system (for example by WYSIWG content editors).

 

Cookie

Further Information

Basket

Used to persist shopping basket items across the site


yourAuthCookie

Used to persist the login across the site

 

__RequestVerificationToken

This is an anti-forgery cookie set by web applications built using ASP.NET MVC technologies. It is designed to stop unauthorised posting of content to a website, known as Cross-Site Request Forgery. It holds no information about the user and is destroyed on closing the browser.

 

3. Third Party Cookies

This website uses a number of suppliers who also set cookies on this website on its behalf in order to deliver the services that they are providing. If you would like more information about the cookies used by these suppliers, as well as information on how to opt-out, please see their individual privacy policies listed below.


Google Analytics

Cookie

Further information

_ga

 

This cookie is installed by Google Analytics. The cookie is used to calculate visitor, session, campaign data and keep track of site usage for the site's analytics report. The cookies store information anonymously and assign a randomly generated number to identify unique visitors.

 

_gid

 

This cookie is installed by Google Analytics. The cookie is used to store information of how visitors use a website and helps in creating an analytics report of how the website is doing. The data collected including the number visitors, the source where they have come from, and the pages visited in an anonymous form.

_gat

This cookie is installed by Google Universal Analytics to throttle the request rate to limit the collection of data on high traffic sites.

 

Google stores the information collected by these cookies on servers in the United States. Google may also transfer this information to third parties where required to do so by law, or where such third parties process the information on Google's behalf. Google will not associate your IP address with any other data held by Google.  By using this website, you consent to the processing of data about you by Google in the manner and for the purposes set out above.
How to reject or delete this cookie
www.google.com/intl/en/privacypolicy.html




HotJar

Cookie

Description

Duration

Data type

_hjClosedSurveyInvites
Hotjar cookie that is set once a visitor interacts with an External Link Survey invitation modal. It is used to ensure that the same invite does not reappear if it has already been shown.
365 days
Boolean true/false
_hjDonePolls
Hotjar cookie that is set once a visitor completes a survey using the On-site Survey widget. It is used to ensure that the same survey does not reappear if it has already been filled in.
365 days
Boolean true/false
_hjMinimizedPolls
Hotjar cookie that is set once a visitor minimizes an On-site Survey widget. It is used to ensure that the widget stays minimized when the visitor navigates through your site.
365 days
Boolean true/false
_hjShownFeedbackMessage
Hotjar cookie that is set when a visitor minimizes or completes Incoming Feedback. This is done so that the Incoming Feedback will load as minimized immediately if the visitor navigates to another page where it is set to show.
365 days
Boolean true/false
_hjid
Hotjar cookie that is set when the customer first lands on a page with the Hotjar script. It is used to persist the Hotjar User ID, unique to that site on the browser. This ensures that behavior in subsequent visits to the same site will be attributed to the same user ID.
365 days
UUID
_hjRecordingLastActivity
This should be found in Session storage (as opposed to cookies). This gets updated when a visitor recording starts and when data is sent through the WebSocket (the visitor performs an action that Hotjar records).
Session
Numerical Value (Timestamp)
_hjTLDTest
When the Hotjar script executes we try to determine the most generic cookie path we should use, instead of the page hostname. This is done so that cookies can be shared across subdomains (where applicable). To determine this, we try to store the _hjTLDTest cookie for different URL substring alternatives until it fails. After this check, the cookie is removed.
Session
Boolean true/false
_hjUserAttributesHash
User Attributes sent through the Hotjar Identify API are cached for the duration of the session in order to know when an attribute has changed and needs to be updated.
Session
Hash
_hjCachedUserAttributes
This cookie stores User Attributes which are sent through the Hotjar Identify API, whenever the user is not in the sample. These attributes will only be saved if the user interacts with a Hotjar Feedback tool.
Session
JSON
_hjLocalStorageTest
This cookie is used to check if the Hotjar Tracking Script can use local storage. If it can, a value of 1 is set in this cookie. The data stored in_hjLocalStorageTest has no expiration time, but it is deleted almost immediately after it is created.
Under 100ms
Boolean true/false
_hjIncludedInPageviewSample
This cookie is set to let Hotjar know whether that visitor is included in the data sampling defined by your site's pageview limit.
30 minutes
Boolean true/false
_hjIncludedInSessionSample
This cookie is set to let Hotjar know whether that visitor is included in the data sampling defined by your site's daily session limit.
30 minutes
Boolean true/false
_hjAbsoluteSessionInProgress
This cookie is used to detect the first pageview session of a user. This is a True/False flag set by the cookie.
30 Minutes
Boolean true/false
_hjFirstSeen
This is set to identify a new user’s first session. It stores a true/false value, indicating whether this was the first time Hotjar saw this user. It is used by Recording filters to identify new user sessions.
Session
Boolean true/false
hjViewportId
This stores information about the user viewport such as size and dimensions.
Session
UUID
_hjRecordingEnabled
This is added when a Recording starts and is read when the recording module is initialized to see if the user is already in a recording in a particular session.
Session
Boolean true/false
 
We sometimes embed photos, audio and video content from websites such as Flickr, Soundcloud, YouTube and Vimeo. As a result, when you visit a page with content embedded from, for example, Flickr, Soundcloud, YouTube and Vimeo, you may be presented with cookies from these websites. This website does not control the dissemination of these cookies.

You should check the relevant third party website for more information about these.

 

Sharing Tools

We would like to draw your attention to the fact that this website now carries embedded ‘share’ buttons to enable users of the site to easily share articles with their friends through a number of popular social networks.

Examples of Social networks that provide sharing services are:

  • Facebook
  • Google
  • Twitter
  • LinkedIn

Sharing may be facilitated by the use of 3rd party services provided other companies, for example, ShareThis (www.sharethis.com) or AddThis (http://www.addthis.com)

These sites may set a cookie when you are also logged in to their service. this website does not control the dissemination of these cookies and you should check the relevant third party website for more information about these.

 

Login Tools

This website may use a 3rd party service to allow users to login with an account the user holds with a Social Networking site. Examples of this are the ability to sign in with Twitter or Facebook accounts. This website does not control the dissemination of these cookies which are used authenticate users.

 

4. Local Shared Objects (Flash Cookies)

This website may use the Adobe Flash Player to deliver its video content using services or software. Additional software and services we use may include:

To improve user experience, Local Shared Objects - or Flash Cookies as they are commonly known - are employed to provide features such as auto-resume and for saving your preferences. Flash Cookies are stored on a user's terminal much the same as cookies are, however it is not possible to manage them at browser level in the same way.

How to disable Flash Cookies:

The Adobe website provides comprehensive information on how to delete or disable Flash cookies either for a specific domain like bbc.co.uk or for all websites - see www.adobe.com/products/flashplayer/security for details. Please be aware that restricting the use of Flash Cookies may affect the features available to you for Flash based applications such as this website iPlayer.

Please note that if you disable your Flash cookies for this website you may be unable to watch video content.