Information about our use of cookies

Our website uses cookies to distinguish you from other users of our website. This helps us to provide you with a positive experience when you browse our website and also allows us to improve our site and services. By continuing to browse the site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. A cookie is a small file of letters and numbers that we store on your browser or the hard drive of your computer if you browse our site and agree. Cookies contain information that is transferred to your computer's hard drive. We use the following cookies:

●   Strictly necessary cookies. These are cookies that are required for the operation of our website. They include, for example, cookies that enable you to log into secure areas of our website.

●   Analytical/performance cookies. They allow us to recognise and count the number of visitors and to see how visitors move around our website when they are using it. This helps us to improve the way our website works, for example, by ensuring that users are finding what they are looking for easily.

●   Functionality cookies. These are used to recognise you when you return to our website. This enables us to personalise our content for you, greet you by name and remember your preferences (for example, your choice of language or region).

●   Targeting cookies. These cookies record your visit to our website, the pages you have visited and the links you have followed. We will use this information to make our website more relevant to your interests, but also to ensure that we are aligning our website in the best way with our target visitors.

Cookie names & what they do

_utma

This cookie tracks users including a user’s first or most recent visit. This cookie tracks the day of a user’s visit.

_utmb _utmb and _utmc

 below track new sessions and visits to the site, including the length of the visit, arrival and exit times of users.

_utmc

Please see _utmb above, it works together with _utmc

_utmz

This cookie analyses how a user reached the site, which site they came from and their geographical location.

_ga

Google Analytics cookie. The _ga cookie is used to uniquely identify you as a visitor to this site. This is achieved by generating two random 32-bit numbers and setting them in a cookie, no personal information or data is tracked.

_gat

Google Analytics cookie. The _gat cookie is used to keep information and share certain information with Google as a company.

hotjar

We use Hotjar to track and analyse user behaviour across our site.  Hotjar makes use of cookies to:

  • ‍Identify your visitors across multiple pages / sessions (primarily used for conversion funnel analysis)
  • Display the correct content to your visitors (primarily used for widgets). 
  • ‍Identify your visitors across multiple pages / sessions (primarily used for conversion funnel analysis)
  • Display the correct content to your visitors (primarily used for widgets). 

Hotjar creates the following four persistent cookies which expire automatically after 365 days:

_hjClosedSurveyInvites

This cookie is set once a visitor interacts with a Survey invitation modal popup. It is used to ensure that the same invite does not re-appear if it has already been shown.

Hot Jar_hjUserId

This cookie is set as soon as a user loads a page which contains the Hotjar code. The cookie contains a universally unique identifier (UUID) which allows Hotjar to track the same visitor across multiple pages and sessions.

_hjDonePolls

This cookie is set once a visitor completes a poll using the Feedback Poll widget. It is used to ensure that the same poll does not re-appear if it has already been filled in.

_hjMinimizedPolls

This cookie is set once a visitor minimizes a Feedback Poll widget. It is used to ensure that the widget stays minimizes when the visitor navigates through your site.

_hjDoneTestersWidgets

This cookie is set once a visitor submits their information in the Recruit User Testers widget. It is used to ensure that the same form does not re-appear if it has already been filled in.

_hjMinimizedTestersWidgets

This cookie is set once a visitor minimizes a Recruit User Testers widget. It is used to ensure that the widget stays minimizes when the visitor navigates through your site.

_hjDoneSurveys

This cookie is set once a visitor completes a survey. It is used to only load the survey content if the visitor hasn't completed the survey yet.

Hotjar also creates the following session cookie which only exists until a visitor ends their session:

_hjIncludedInSample

This session cookie is set to let Hotjar know whether that visitor is included in the sample which is used to generate funnels.

Removing cookies

We use Google Analytics on our site. To opt out of being tracked by Google Analytics across all websites visit http://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout.

You can also block cookies by activating the setting on your browser that allows you to refuse the setting of all or some cookies. However, if you use your browser settings to block all cookies (including essential cookies) you may not be able to access all or parts of our site. For guidance on removing cookies using your browser, please visit www.aboutcookies.org.

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