20 April 2018 | Online since 2003


Cookie Policy


 

Most websites you visit will use cookies in order to improve your user experience by enabling that website to ‘remember’ you, either for the duration of your visit (using a ‘session cookie’) or for repeat visits (using a ‘persistent cookie’). Cookies do lots of different jobs, like letting you navigate between pages efficiently, storing your preferences, and generally improving your experience of a website. Cookies make the interaction between you and the website faster and easier. 


If a website doesn’t use cookies, it will think you are a new visitor every time you move to a new page on the site – for example, when you enter your login details and move to another page it won’t recognise you and it won’t be able to keep you logged in. Some websites will also use cookies to enable them to target their advertising or marketing messages based for example, on your location and/or browsing habits.

Cookies may be set by the website you are visiting (‘first party cookies’) or they may be set by other websites who run content on the page you are viewing (‘third party cookies’).

What is in a cookie?
A cookie is a simple text file that is stored on your computer or mobile device by a website’s server and only that server will be able to retrieve or read the contents of that cookie. Each cookie is unique to your web browser. It will contain some anonymous information such as a unique identifier and the site name and some digits and numbers. It allows a website to remember things like your preferences or what’s in your shopping basket.

What to do if you don’t want cookies to be set
Some people find the idea of a website storing information on their computer or mobile device a bit intrusive, particularly when this information is stored and used by a third party without them knowing. Although this is generally quite harmless you may not, for example, want to see advertising that has been targeted to your interests. If you prefer, it is possible to block some or all cookies, or even to delete cookies that have already been set; but you need to be aware that you might lose some functions of that website. Click on the link at the bottom of the page to set your cookie permissions. 

TYPES OF COOKIES 

First party cookies
First party cookies are set by the website, you are visiting and they can only be read by that site. 

Third party cookies
Third party cookies are set by a different organisation to the owner of the website you are visiting. For example, the website might use a third party analytics company who will set their own cookie to perform this service. The website you are visiting may also contain content embedded from, for example YouTube or Flickr, and these sites may set their own cookies. 

More significantly, a website might use a third party advertising network to deliver targeted advertising on their website. These may also have the capability to track your browsing across different sites. 

 

TO LEARN HOW TO CHANGE YOUR THIRD PARTY COOKIE SETTINGS ON YOUR BROWSER, CLICK HERE

 

Session cookies
Session Cookies are stored only temporarily during a browsing session and are deleted from the user’s device when the browser is closed. 

Persistent cookies
This type of cookie is saved on your computer for a fixed period (usually a year or longer) and is not deleted when the browser is closed. Persistent cookies are used where we need to know who you are for more than one browsing session. For example, we use this type of cookie to store your preferences, so that they are remembered for the next visit

 

 

Cookies we use
Our Site uses cookies from Youtube (to show videos), Disqus (to enable comments and user interaction), Google Adverts (to fund the running of the website), Google Analytics (to enable us to better understand the traffic to the website), AddThis (to allow users to easily interact with social media channels, email and print), Facebook (to enable social media interaction), Twitter  (to enable social media Interaction) and a few cookies which enable our site to function.
 

Analytical Cookies

Name: civicCookieControl Provider: theranger.co.uk Type: HTTP Expiry: 3 Months
Purpose: Unclassified.
Source: Google
 
Name: google_experiment_mod Provider: theranger.co.uk Type: HTTP Expiry: Persistent
Purpose: Unclassified.
Source: Google

 

Name: google_pub_config Provider: theranger.co.uk Type: HTTP Expiry: Persistent
Purpose: Unclassified.
Source: Google

 

Social Cookies

Name: _at.hist.# Provider: theranger.co.uk Type: HTML Expiry: Persistent
Purpose: Used by the social sharing platform AddThis to store the user's usage history of the AddThis sharing widget
Source: AddThis
 
Name: _atuvc Provider: theranger.co.uk Type: HTTP Expiry: 13 Months
Purpose: Updates the counter of a website's social sharing features.
Source: AddThis
 
Name: _atuvs Provider: theranger.co.uk Type: HTTP Expiry: Session
Purpose: Ensures that the updated counter is displayed to the user if a page is shared with social sharing service, AddThis.
Source: AddThis
 
Name: _at.cww Provider: theranger.co.uk Type: HTML Expiry: Persistent
Purpose: Used by the social sharing platform AddThis.
Source: AddThis
 
Name: at-lojson-cache-# Provider: theranger.co.uk Type: HTML Expiry: Persistent
Purpose: Used by the social sharing platform AddThis.
Source: AddThis
 
Name: at-rand Provider: theranger.co.uk Type: HTML Expiry: Persistent
Purpose: Used by the social sharing platform AddThis.
Source: AddThis
 
Name: bt2 Provider: addthis.com Type: HTTP Expiry: 255 Days
Purpose: Used by the social sharing platform AddThis to keep a record of parts of th esite that has been visited in order to recommend other parts of the site.
Source: AddThis
 
Name: di2 Provider: addthis.com Type: HTTP Expiry: 1 Year
Purpose: Unclassified.
Source: AddThis
 
Name: DSID Provider: doubleclick.net Type: HTTP Expiry: Session
Purpose: Used by Google DoubleClick for re-targeting, optimisation, reporting and attribution of online adverts.
Source: Google
 
Name: IDE Provider: doubleclick.net Type: HTTP Expiry: 2 Years
Purpose: Used by Google DoubleClick to register and report the website user's actions after viewing or clicking one of the advertiser's ads with the purpose of measuring the efficiancy of an ad to present targeted ads to the user.
Source: Google
 
Name: lidc Provider: linkedin.com Type: HTTP Expiry: Session
Purpose: Used by the social networking service, LinkedIn, for tracking the use of embedded services.
Source: LinkedIn
 
Name: loc Provider: addthis.com Type: HTTP Expiry: 13 Months
Purpose: Geolocation, which is used to help providers determine how users who share information with each other are geographically located (state level).
Source: AddThis
 
Name: test_cookie Provider: doubleclick.net Type: HTTP Expiry: Session
Purpose: Used to check if the user's browser supports cookies.
Source: Google
 
Name: uid Provider: addthis.com Type: HTTP Expiry: 1 Year
Purpose: Creates unique, machine-generated user ID. AddThis, which is owned by Clearspring Technologies, uses the user ID to make it possible for the user to share content across social networks and provide detailed statistics to various providers.
Source: AddThis
 
Name: uvc Provider: addthis.com Type: HTTP Expiry: 13 Months
Purpose: Detects how often the social sharing service, AddThis, encounters the same user.
Source: AddThis
 
Name: vc Provider: addthis.com Type: HTTP Expiry: 1 Year
Purpose: Used by the social sharing platform AddThis.
Source: AddThis
 
Name: VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE Provider: youtube.com Type: HTTP Expiry: 8 months
Purpose: Tries to estimate the user's bandwidth on pages with integrated YouTube videos.
Source: YouTube
 
Name: xtc Provider: addthis.com Type: HTTP Expiry: 13 Months
Purpose: Registers the user's sharing of content via social media.
Source: AddThis

 

Name: TSC Provider: youtube.com Type: HTTP Expiry: Session
Purpose: Registers a unique ID to keep statistics of what videos from YouTube the user has seen.
Source: YouTube