Our, and third party, usage of cookies
Our and third party usage of cookies when you visit the Site falls into one of the below four categories. Below you will also find a table detailing the specific cookies used on the Site.
1. Essential cookies
We use some cookies on the Site which are essential to provide certain features of the Site to you. For example where you have an account with us, we will use a cookie to remember that you are an account holder and provide enhanced features to you.
Where you disable such cookies, these enhanced features of the Site will not be available to you as you will be unable to login to your account.
The name of the cookie that GWR uses for the Site is ‘_Auth’, and it only lasts as long as you have your browser open.
2. Performance Cookies
Name of cookie: _utma Duration: 2 years
Name of cookie: _utmb Duration: 30 minutes
Name of cookie: _utmc Duration: On closure
Name of cookie: _utmd Duration: 1 minute
Name of cookie: _utmz Duration: 6 months
Name of cookie: JESESSIONID Duration: 5 minutes
For more information on the above Google analytics cookies:http://www.google.com/policies/privacy
You can also opt-out of Google Analytics monitoring at this link:http://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout
GWR also uses the following third-party software:
Pardot, to track all visitors to the Site. For further information on the names of these cookies, how long they last for and what types of information are stored, see http://help.pardot.com/customer/portal/articles/2125923-how-does-pardot-track-activities-#what-are-the-names-of-the-cookies-and-what-are-they-for-
You can opt-out to the creation of a user profile, Hotjar’s storing of data about your usage of our site and Hotjar’s use of tracking cookies on other websites by following this opt-out link: https://www.hotjar.com/legal/compliance/opt-out
Twitter will also set Google Analytics cookies when you access the site as part of the display of our Twitter feed on the Site for the same purpose as outlined above.
3. Functionality Cookies
We use these type of cookies to remember your preferences on the Site. The primary example of such usage is to allow us to remember your details where you login to your account, so you don’t have to do this each time you visit the Site.
The Site also uses various third party sites and software to display content to you. As part of this both third party sites look to set cookies. Disabling the relevant cookies will mean you are unable to access this extended functionality as expanded upon below. Where a third party uses a cookie as described below, you should note that the data collected about you is anonymous and no information is transferred that could be used to identify you.
When you login with your Facebook account to make comments on the Site, Facebook sets various cookies. As part of this Facebook will be able to identify that you have visited the Site, and may subsequently use the information to display more relevant ads to you on its own site. Certain cookies are used to set user preferences and to protect users for example by monitoring suspicious login activity, or where the user is accessing the Site from a public device.
Google’s +1 feature allows users to ‘+1’ articles and stories on the Site. Google sets a cookie to allow them to monitor the sites where you have ‘+1ed’ content, including by displaying the particular article that you have +1ed on your Google+ account.
With Twitter, information on our Twitter feed is drawn directly from Twitter’s servers, they look to place cookies on your device. These serve various purposes including allowing Twitter to identify that you have visited this site.
We also use YouTube to display certain videos on the Site. As part of this, YouTube sets various cookies to collect statistics on your viewing of YouTube videos on the Site and to remember your preferences.
You should be aware that if you have personal information associated with any of the above-mentioned accounts, the cookies used by the third parties will be associated with your account and as a result, your personal information.
4. Behaviourally Targeted Advertising Cookies