Cookies

A cookie is a small file used to persist information between web requests. They have many uses, including tracking the number of users on a website, storing shopping baskets, logging you in to a site, or remembering preferences.

Cookie rules are described by the Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations 2003 (PECR). PECR also covers the use of similar technologies for storing or accessing information, such as Flash cookies, local/session storage, and device fingerprinting. The Information Commissioners Office enforces these regulations.

On this site

Cookies are used on this website for the following purposes:

  • Remembering user preferences for how the site appears and behaves
  • Remembering which messages have been shown to the user
  • Understanding user behaviour including popular features and content, which helps to prioritise improvements
  • To integrate with third-party advertising networks which help to support the site costs
Name Party Purpose Duration
cookie-flags CloudSKUs (mandatory) Used to remember cookie choice settings and prompt for consent. 365 days
expand-filters CloudSKUs (user preference) Used to remember whether the user wishes to see search filters expanded. 3 days
ai_user Microsoft Application Insights (experience telemetry) Part of Microsoft Application Insights, used for user-level telemetry to see how many individuals visit the site, and review their experience. 365 days
ai_session Microsoft Application Insights (experience telemetry) Part of Microsoft Application Insights, used for session-level telemetry to track session experience. 30 minutes
_ga Google Analytics (audience analysis) Part of Google Analytics, used to distinguish site visitors. 2 years
_gid Google Analytics (audience analysis) Part of Google Analytics, used to distinguish site visitors. 24 hours
_gat Google Analytics (audience analysis) Used to throttle the request rate to Google servers. 1 minute
AMP_TOKEN Google Analytics (audience analysis) Contains a token that can be used to retrieve a Client ID from AMP Client ID service. Other possible values indicate opt-out, inflight request or an error retrieving a Client ID from AMP Client ID service.. 30 secs to 1 year
gac_<property-id> Google Analytics (audience analysis) Contains campaign related information for the user. Google Ads website conversion tags will read this cookie unless you opt-out. 90 days

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