What are cookies?

This site relies on cookies to operate. Cookies are small text files that record your preferences and status as you use the website. Cookies are created on and written to your device as you browse, so we need your consent to do this.

What we use cookies for:

  • Make our website work as you’d expect
  • Save you having to login every time you visit the site
  • Remember your settings during and between visits
  • Improve the speed/security of the site
  • Personalise our site to you to help you get what you need faster
  • Continuously improve our website for you

What we do not use cookies for:

  • Collect any personally identifiable information (without your express permission)
  • Collect any sensitive information (without your express permission)
  • Pass data to advertising networks
  • Pass personally identifiable data to third parties
  • Pay sales commissions

Granting us permission to use cookies

If the settings on your browser are adjusted to accept cookies we take this, and your continued use of our website, to mean that you are fine with this. Should you wish to remove or not use cookies from our site you can learn how to do this below, however doing so will likely mean that our site will not work as you would expect.

Types of cookies

This website uses a combination of different types of cookies for different purposes:

Strictly necessary cookies

These are cookies generated by our own site and used for:

  • Determining if you are logged in or not
  • Remembering your search settings
  • Tailoring content to your needs

There is no way to prevent these cookies being set other than to not use our site.

Third party functions

Our site, like most websites, includes functionality provided by third parties. Our site includes the following which use cookies:

  • Twitter Feed : Twitter sets cookies which are used to keep track of which Twitter posts you have seen, or linked through to. Twitter will track the posts and use that data for targeted advertising.
  • Google Analytics : We use Google Analytics to keep track of how many visitors the site has received, which pages they have viewed and what devices they are viewing them on. This data is invaluable to streamlining and improving our site. No personal data is collected, but Google uses the tracked data for targeted advertising.

To prevent tracking and targeted advertising, you have the option to switch off cookies for both, but they will no longer work once switched off.

Controlling cookies

When you first arrive at our site, a bar appears in the footer asking you to consent to cookies. You also have the option to switch off cookies for Twitter and Google Analytics. If you wish to change your preferences at any point, there is a link in the footer for ‘privacy preferences’ which will launch the privacy control panel.

You can usually switch cookies off by adjusting your browser settings to stop it from accepting cookies. Doing so however will likely limit the functionality of our’s and a large proportion of the world’s websites as cookies are a standard part of most modern websites.

 

Cookie concerns

It may be that you have concerns around cookies relating to so called “spyware”. Rather than switching off cookies in your browser you may find that anti-spyware software achieves the same objective by automatically deleting cookies considered to be invasive.

Cookies in use on this site

Strictly necessary cookies

Cookie Type Name Purpose Expiry
Preference cookie_notice_accepted Keeps a record of your acceptance of cookies 28 days
Preference GDPR Keeps a record of your cookie preferences 1 year
Session ID PHPSESSID Used to distinguish users who access our website. Session end
Status wordpress_logged_in Enables you to stay logged in during your session 2 weeks
Functionality wp-saving-post When editing forms or pages, this cookie records your entries so you don;t lose any content Session end

Third party cookies

Cookie Type Name Purpose Expiry
Google Analytics _ga Used to distinguish users who access the BIBA website. 2 years
Google Analytics _gat Used to throttle request rate. 10 minutes
Google Analytics __utma Used to distinguish users and sessions. The cookie is created when the javascript library executes and no existing __utma cookies exists. The cookie is updated every time data is sent to Google Analytics. 2 years from set/update
Google Analytics __utmt Used to throttle request rate. 10 minutes
Google Analytics __utmb Used to determine new sessions/visits. The cookie is created when the javascript library executes and no existing __utmb cookies exists. The cookie is updated every time data is sent to Google Analytics. 30 mins from set/update
Google Analytics __utmc Not used in ga.js. Set for interoperability with urchin.js. Historically, this cookie operated in conjunction with the __utmb cookie to determine whether the user was in a new session/visit. End of browser session
Google Analytics __utmz Stores the traffic source or campaign that explains how the user reached your site. The cookie is created when the javascript library executes and is updated every time data is sent to Google Analytics. 6 months from set/update
Google Analytics __utmv Used to store visitor-level custom variable data. This cookie is created when a developer uses the _setCustomVar method with a visitor level custom variable. This cookie was also used for the deprecated _setVar method. The cookie is updated every time data is sent to Google Analytics. 2 years from set/update
Twitter _twitter_sess This cookie is used to identify you to twitter, if you do not have a twitter account or never accessed the twitter.com website directly then twitter will assign you a unique code to track your visit to the Twitter

 

Twitter ct0 Used by Twitter for social media sharing Session end
Twitter eu_cn Used by Twitter for social media sharing 1 year
Twitter external_referer Sends Twitter information about the website you are coming from 1 week
Twitter fm Used by Twitter for social media sharing Session end
Twitter guest_id Used by Twitter for social media sharing 2 years
Twitter Personalization Used by Twitter for social media sharing 2 years
Twitter tfw_exp Used by Twitter for social media sharing 2 weeks