Cookies are text files containing small amounts of data which are downloaded to your computer, or other device, when you visit a website. They are useful because they allow us to recognise your computer and improve your experience on our websites. Some cookies are also needed for the operation of our websites.

Last updated: 5th October 2020
 

The table below lists the cookies we use and explains why we use them.

Cookie Cookie name Expiry Purpose Type
Cloudflare  _cfduid 1 year Used by Cloudflare (the content network) to identify trusted web traffic, and protect our website against malicious activity. This does not contain any user identification information. Necessary
Universal Analytics (Google)    _dc_gtm_UA-# Session These cookies are used to collect information about how visitors use our website. We use the information to compile reports and to help us improve the website. The cookies collect information in a way that does not directly identify anyone, including the number of visitors to the website, where visitors have come to the website from and the pages they visited. Analytics
 _ga 2 years Analytics
 _gid Session Analytics
 _gat Session Analytics
 gwcc 3 months Analytics
 collect Session  Analytics
Hotjar session analytics _hjid 1 year Analytics
_hjAbsoluteSessionInProgress 1 year Analytics 
_hjIncludedInSample 1 year Analytics 
Hotjar website polls _hjDonePolls 1 year This cookie is used to record if you've completed a poll on our website to make sure you're not asked to complete it again.  Analytics - and only used if you complete a poll
_hjMinimizedPolls 1 year This cookie remember that you minimised a poll to keep it minimised when you next visit. Analytics - and only used if you minimise a poll
Website search SECFOSSESSID Session Used by the website to store an anonymous session ID. This enables our search and content filters to function, and isn't used for analytics purposes. Necessary
Cookies message  cookies_accepted 1 year Used to store acceptance of necessary cookies. Necessary
analytics_accepted 1 year Used to store acceptance of analytics cookies. Used if you accept analytics cookies
Email newsletter  LP-725GFD9D 30 days Used on our email newsletter subscription form to store a unique ID. This means we'll know whether you've signed up before, and can make sure any preferences you've set are reflected in the form. Used if you sign up to our email newsletter
Website story banner hide_featured_story_%s 90 days Used to store preferences around showing and hiding featured story banners. Used if you dismiss a featured story banner
YouTube GPS 1 day Registers a unique ID on mobile devices to enable tracking based on geographical GPS location. Used if you watch a YouTube video on our site
YSC Session Registers a unique ID to keep statistics of what videos from YouTube the user has seen. Used if you watch a YouTube video on our site
VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE 179 days Tries to estimate the users' bandwidth on pages with integrated YouTube videos. Used if you watch a YouTube video on our site
PREF 8 months Registers a unique ID that is used by Google to keep statistics of how the visitor uses YouTube videos across different websites. Used if you watch a YouTube video on our site