A cookie is a piece of information in the form of a very small text file that is placed on an internet user's hard drive. It is generated by a web page server, which is basically the computer that operates a web site. The information the cookie contains is set by the server and it can be used by that server whenever the user visits the site. A cookie can be thought of as an internet user's identification card, which tell a web site when the user has returned.
Cookies are either ‘persistent’ or ‘session’ types. A persistent cookie will be stored by the user's browser until its set expiry date (unless deleted by the user beforehand), whereas a session cookie will expire at the end of the user session, when the web browser is closed.
We use both session cookies and persistent cookies on this website. Listed below are the cookies we use with an explanation of how we use them.
- ASP.NET_SessionId (session)
- Contains a unique session identifier which allows our web server to recognise a user throughout a visit - essential to make the site work.
- InstantLolly_CookieNotice (persistent)
- Ironically, used to prevent the cookie pop-up notice from showing repeatedly.
- _utma, _utmb, _utmc, _utmz (persistent)
- Google Analytics is used to collect anonymous information about our visitors, including their location, the technology they use, and the way they use our site.