IP addresses and cookies
1. We may collect information about your computer, including your IP address, operating system and browser type, for system administration, and to report aggregate information to our advertisers. These are statistical data about our users’ browsing actions and patterns, and do not identify any individual.
2. For the same reason, we may obtain information about your general internet usage by using a cookie file. Cookies are small text files that are placed on your computer by websites that you visit. They therefore contain information that is transferred to your device, such as computer hard disk or mobile phone.
3. Cookies help us to improve our site and to deliver a better and more personalised service. They enable us:
- To estimate our audience size and usage pattern
- To store information about your preferences, and so allow us to customise our site according to your individual interests
- To increase the speed of your searches
- To recognise you when you return to our site.
6. We use several different types of cookies to help the website work. These are listed as follows:
Name of cookie
|__utma||Google analytics – Used to identify unique visitors (see http://code.google.com/apis/analytics/
|__utmb||Google analytics – Used to identify visitor session (see http://code.google.com/apis/analytics/
|__utmc||Google analytics – Used to identify visitor session – deprecated (see http://code.google.com/apis/analytics/
|__utmz||Used multiple times – Including being used in the standard site and also by embedded “Storify” and “slideshare” widgets on some news pages. Google analytics – Used to store site visit referral information (see http://code.google.com/apis/analytics/
|__utmv||Google analytics – Used to store custom information (see http://code.google.com/apis/analytics/
|ns_cookietest||Used to confirm browser is able to accept cookies.|
|ns_session||Used to identify user session.|
|ASP.NET_SessionID||Standard ASP.NET cookie, used to track identity of user’s session|
|mp_super_properties||Used by Storify – Used to track identity of user’s session|
|reg_fb_gate||Used by Facebook when recommending a page (see http://dataprotection.ie/documents/facebook%20report/final%20report/Appendices.pdf)|
|reg_fb_ref||Used by Facebook when recommending a page (see http://dataprotection.ie/documents/facebook%20report/final%20report/Appendices.pdf)|
|YWP_VOLUME||Used by Yahoo webplayer on “Audio information” pages to store volume level|
|ywadp”¦||Two of these with different IDs are used by Yahoo webplayer on “Audio information” pages|
|fpc”¦||Two of these with different IDs are used by Yahoo webplayer on “Audio information” pages|
|FormCookie||EPiServer cookie. Records “Your free will guide” and other xform entry IDs (see http://world.episerver.com/Documentation/Items/
|.EPiServerLogin||Standard EPiServer cookie. Used to track login.|
|.ASPXROLES||Standard ASP.NET cookie, used to track identity of user’s session|
|_atuvc||Used by “AddThis” social sharing function on news pages (see http://www.addthis.com/privacy)|
|COOKIE_JOIN_CACHE_ID||Bespoke cookie used for sign up process|
|fc_layout||Bespoke cookie used to alter stylesheet on “Kids” page depending on screen resolution|
|PromptSet||Used by QuickAddress lookup functionality to store which prompt set is selected.|
|PicklistMoniker||Used by QuickAddress lookup functionality to recreate the picklist|
|RefineMoniker||Used by QuickAddress lookup functionality to refine picklist|
|ErrorInfo||Used by QuickAddress lookup functionality to store error message info|
|ns_order_id_…||Used to track most recent online shop order number.|
Cookies which are necessary to run the site
7. Our sites produce some cookies which are essential to keep the site working and provide the services you need. These include:
- Cookies that enable you to stay logged in for an entire visit to the site
- Cookies which enable you to add things to a shopping basket and keep them there until you decide to check out.
Cookies which help us improve the site
8. Some cookies help us to see how people are using our sites. These are known as analytics cookies or tracking cookies. They let us know what areas of website are popular and how people are using the site. This information is anonymous – we do not collect anything that would identify a user. We combine this data with the rest of the visitor data and examine it as a whole to build up a picture of how the site is performing. These cookies work only on our site and are not shared.
9. We also place tiny tags (also known as tracking pixels or web beacons) on some of the emails we send out. These do not collect any personal information either, but they let us know how many people are opening and reading our emails so that we can choose more popular content.
11 .On occasion, we also run multiple versions of a page. Some of our visitors will be shown one version of a page and we then use our analytics to see if this has helped people access more information or experience a better user journey with us. To prevent confusion we set a cookie to make sure that our visitors always see the same version of a page instead of all the different ones.
Cookies which help us get value for money from advertising
12. We occasionally use other cookies to track how our advertisements perform. As with all our analytics cookies, all the information we collect is anonymous. These cookies are used solely to let us know which site a visitor clicked on for our advertisement, that they have come through to our site and completed whatever action we wished to see promoted – such downloading a leaflet or ordering an information pack.
Can I decline to accept cookies?
13. You are not obliged to accept a cookie that we (or any other web server) send to you. Most browsers accept cookies automatically but you can modify the settings in your browser to turn off this feature. However, cookies are integral to some areas of the website and to certain online services offered by Diabetes Centre, so if you choose not to accept cookies from us, you may not be able to utilise some areas of the website and we may not be able to provide certain online services to you.