What are cookies?
Cookies are small text files stored on your computer. They relate to a specific site, and can be used to enhance that site’s functionality and your interaction with it; they may also be used for usage tracking, research, targeting, etc.
Cookies may be ‘session’ or ‘persistent’ cookies. Session cookies remain in place until you close your browser. Persistent cookies remain in place until some specified date or indefinitely.
In addition, ISER web sites also use Google Analytics, which creates cookies to collect and analyse anonymous data. This helps us understand how our web sites are being used and how to make them better.
Some ISER pages also offer the ability to support us by ‘liking’ us on Facebook or ‘tweeting’ about us using Twitter. If you do support us in this way, a Twitter or Facebook cookie will also be saved on your computer.
What cookies do we use?
The following cookies are created locally on the ISER web site (https://www.iser.essex.ac.uk):
|iser_seen_cookie_notice||To confirm that you have seen the cookie information banner so that it is not displayed again|
|_iserwww_session||This is a temporary session cookie which stores encrypted data which allows the webserver to identify your session – it is deleted when you close your browser|
|request_method||To make following links faster|
The following cookies are created locally on the Understanding Society web site (https://www.understandingsociety.ac.uk):
|understanding_society_seen_cookie_notice||To confirm that you have seen the cookie information banner so that it is not displayed again|
|_understanding_society_session||This is a temporary session cookie which stores encrypted data which allows the webserver to identify your session – it is deleted when you close your browser|
|_redmine_session||This is a temporary session cookie for the data user support section which stores encrypted data allowing the webserver to identify your session – by default it is deleted when you close your browser|
On one or both sites, the following cookies are created by Facebook and Twitter for the purposes of account identification and to collect usage information:
|Cookies||Created by||Used on|
|pid, guest_id, twitter_sess, _utmx, _utmv, _utmt, _utmc, _utmb, __utma||https://www.iser.essex.ac.uk, https://www.understandingsociety.ac.uk|
|datr, reg_fb_gate, reg_rb_ref, c_user, csm, id, locale, aut, sxs, act, fr, lu, p, presence, s, xs||http://www.iser.essex.ac.uk|
|_ga, _gat||Google Analytics||https://www.iser.essex.ac.uk, https://www.understandingsociety.ac.uk|
Where can I find more information about cookies?
For more information about cookies, please see Wikipedia’s HTTP cookie entry.