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What are cookies and how do we use them

Cookies

When we provide services, we want to make them easy, useful and reliable. This sometimes involves placing small amounts of information on your device, for example, computer or mobile phone. These include small files known as cookies. They cannot be used to identify you personally.

What are cookies?

Cookies are pieces of data sent between a user’s web browser (e.g. Internet Explorer or Chrome) and the server which is hosting the website being visited.

There are different types of cookies used for a variety of functions, e.g.

  • User sessions – Tracking website usage in an anonymous form e.g. Google Analytics
  • Authentication – When logging into a member area on a website
  • User’s preferences – Saving language settings when visiting an international website
  • Shopping cart contents – Storing items in a basket as the user continues shopping
     

Cookies cannot identify you personally. You can find more information about cookies and learn how to manage them yourself at: www.allaboutcookies.org.

How do we use cookies?

Below are details as to the use of cookies within the Barking & Dagenham College website. If you require any further information, please contact us here

First Party Cookies

These cookies help us to manage your online preferences.

Name Purpose Expire Content Classification
CFID Used to provide transaction support across multiple page requests commonly called a session Persistent (Until user deletes it) A random generated number Strictly necessary, minimal intrusion
CFTOKEN  Used to provide transaction support across  across multiple page requests commonly called a session Persistent (Until user deletes it) A random generated alphanumeric piece of text Strictly necessary, minimal intrusion
Pixl8-font-size Stores preferred user font size 1 year Alphanumeric piece of text Necessary to improve the user experience, minimal intrusion

PCMS_
VIEWTREE
PROPERTIES

Set by the Preside CMS only present for Preside users which is COO staff or Pixl8 Persistent A number  Necessary to improve the user experience

 

The cookies described above provide session functionality that is used for Mobile/Full site view trigger.

Third Party Cookies

The cookies in the table below are set by Google analytics, a tool for improving service, which allows the Barking & Dagenham College website to accurately estimate the number of visitors to the website as well as volumes of usage.

Name Purpose Expire Content Classification
_utma Google Analytics 2 years A random generated number (Non personal data) Necessary to provide website service, minimal intrusion
_utmb Google Analytics 30 minutes A random generated number (Non personal data) Necessary to provide website service, minimal intrusion
_utmc Google Analytics Session Cookie A random generated number (Non personal data) Necessary to provide website service, minimal intrusion
_utmz Google Analytics 6 months Randomly generated number and information on how the site was reached (e.g. direct or via a link, organic search or paid search) Necessary to provide website service, minimal intrusion

 

AddThis Cookies

The cookies in the table below are set by AddThis which allows the BDC visitors to add favourites and share content within social media:

Name Purpose Expire Content Classification
Uit AddThis 2 years Numeric value Necessary to provide website service
Loc AddThis 3 months A random generated alphanumeric piece of text Necessary to provide website service
Dt AddThis 1 month Text value Necessary to provide website service
Di AddThis 2 years A randomly generated number Necessary to provide website service
Uid AddThis 2 years A random generated alphanumeric piece of text Necessary to provide website service
Uvc AddThis 2 years A random generated number (Non personal data) Necessary to provide website service
Psc AddThis 2 years Numeric number Necessary to provide website service
Ssh AddThis 2 years A random generated alphanumeric piece of text data) Necessary to provide website service
Sshs AddThis 2 years Text value Necessary to provide website service
Ssc AddThis 2 years Text value Necessary to provide website service
__atuvc AddThis 2 years Numeric value Necessary to improve the user experience, not affected by AddThis removal code


Google Maps Cookies

The cookies listed below are set by Google when a map is dropped on to a page:

Name Purpose Expire Content Classification
Snid Used by Google maps to store user preferences and information when viewing pages 6 month Alphanumeric piece of text Non intrusive
Sid Used by Google maps to store user preferences and information when viewing pages Session cookie Alphanumeric piece of text Non intrusive
Sapisid Used by Google maps to store user preferences and information when viewing pages Session cookie Alphanumeric piece of text Non intrusive
Apisid Used by Google maps to store user preferences and information when viewing pages Session cookie Alphanumeric piece of text Non intrusive
Ssid Used by Google maps to store user preferences and information when viewing pages Session cookie Alphanumeric piece of text Non intrusive
Hsid Used by Google maps to store user preferences and information when viewing pages Session cookie Alphanumeric piece of text Non intrusive
Nid Used by Google maps to store user preferences and information when viewing pages 6 months Alphanumeric piece of text Non intrusive
Pref Used by Google maps to store user preferences and information when viewing pages 1 year Alphanumeric piece of text Non intrusive

 

Microsoft.com Cookies

These cookies are installed on pages that include a form with a captcha on it.

Name Purpose Expire Content Classification
MS0 Captcha  30 minutes Alphanumeric piece of text Non intrusive
MC1 Captcha 3 years Alphanumeric piece of text Non intrusive
Viewkey Captcha  Persistent  Text value Non intrusive
WT_NVR Captcha  Persistent  Alphanumeric piece of text Non intrusive
WT_NVR_RU Captcha  Persistent  Alphanumeric piece of text Non intrusive
omnilD Captcha  1 year  Alphanumeric piece of text Non intrusive
WT_FPC Captcha  Persistent Alphanumeric piece of text Non intrusive
A  Captcha  2 years Alphanumeric piece of text Non intrusive