SPARQ360

Cookies Policy


Last updated: 25 May 2018
We use cookies on our website. By using our website, you consent to the use of cookies. Our Cookies Policy explains what cookies are, how we use cookies, how third-parties we may partner with may use cookies on the Service, your choices regarding cookies and further information about cookies.

What are cookies?
Cookies are small pieces of text sent by your web browser by a website you visit. A cookie file is stored in your web browser and allows us or a third-party to recognize you and make your next visit easier and the website more useful to you.

First party cookies
These cookies are set by the website you’re visiting. And only that website can read them.

Third party cookies
These cookies are set by someone other than the owner of the website you’re visiting. Some SPARQ360 pages may also contain content from other sites like YouTube or Flickr, which may set their own cookies. Also, if you share a link to a SPARQ360 page, the service you share it on (for example, Facebook) may set a cookie on your browser. We have no control over third-party cookies but not through us.

Cookies and expiration time
Session cookies are also used by the server to store information about user page activities so users can easily pick up where they left off on the server's pages. By default, web pages really don't have any 'memory'. cookies tell the server what pages to show the user so the user doesn't have to remember or start navigating the site all over again. Cookies act as a sort of “bookmark” within the site. Similarly, cookies can store ordering information needed to make shopping carts work instead of forcing the user to remember all the items the user puts in the shopping cart.

Persistent or tracking cookies are also employed to store user preferences. Many websites allow the user to customize how information is presented through site layouts or themes. These changes make the site easier to navigate and/or lets the user leave a part of the user's “personality” at the site. For Information on session and persistent and tracking cookies, see here

Cookies categories

Necessary cookies
These cookies placed on your browser ensure that information and services are securely and optimally delivered.  Necessary cookies help make a website usable by enabling basic functions like page navigation and access to secure areas of the website. The website cannot function properly without these cookies. You must accept these cookies to be able to make use of our online systems.

Functional cookies
Functional cookies are cookies that ensure the proper functioning of the Website (e.g. cookies for login or registration, language preferences). ...

Performance cookies (statistics)
These cookies are used to monitor the use of the website. Cookies with statistical purposes allow checking which pages of the Website you visit, where your computer is localized etc. These cookies are not essential, but they enhance the use of a website.

Marketing cookies
Marketing cookies are used to track visitors across websites. The intention is to display ads that are relevant and
engaging for the individual user and thereby more valuable for publishers and third party advertisers.

How SPARQ360 uses cookies
When you use and access the website, we may place a number of cookies files in your web browser. We use cookies for the following purposes: to enable certain functions of the website, to provide analytics, to store your preferences. We use both session and persistent cookies on the website and we use different types of cookies to run the website. We use necessary cookies to authenticate users and prevent fraudulent use of user accounts. We use functional cookies to enable our website to remember information that changes the way the website behaves or looks, your preferred language or the region that you are in. In addition to our own cookies, we may also use various third-parties cookies to report usage statistics of the website and so on. This includes the use of tools that monitor visitor behavior on our website to help us improve our information and services like Google Analytics (performance cookies). Some SPARQ360 pages use third-party services or software, such as maps, online videos or social networking features. Many of these services may set cookies in your browser.

Necessary cookies

Name

Data stored

Purpose

Expires

JSESSIONID, SESS# , csrftoken

A random unique number or string of letters and numbers.

A session cookie is required to follow your progress through the website. It is essential to ensure that any information you enter or routes you take are remembered by the website. Without this cookie, every page you visited would treat you as a completely new visitor. This cookie does not identify you personally and is not linked to any other information we store about you.

The cookie is deleted when you close your web browser.

Wikipedia page about Session IDs

Functional cookies

Name

Data stored

Purpose

Expires

lang

These cookies store information in text strings, i.e. LinkedIn

These cookies store information regarding user consent on loading specific features which then set third-party cookies e.g. YouTube videos. This consent is requested on the first time the user loads a page which uses a relevant feature. It is then stored for reference during future visits to the University of Edinburgh website.

All cookies expire 4 years after they 're set for the first time

Performance (statistics) cookies

Name

Data stored

Purpose

Expires

_ga, _gat

_gid

A random unique number or string of letters and numbers to identify your browser, the times and dates that you interacted with the site recently and the marketing materials or referring pages that led you to the site.

Google Analytics is a web analytics service provided by Google, Inc. ('Google'), to help us see how our website is used. In doing so information about your use of our website, including your IP address, may be transmitted to Google and stored on servers in the United States. The data collected by Google Analytics is used to analyse how frequently the same people revisit the University website, how the website is found (from advertising or referring websites), and which pages are most frequently viewed. This information is combined with data from thousands of other users to create an overall picture of website use, and is never identified individually or personally and is not linked to any other information we store about you.

Google analytics cookies record visitor numbers and demographics in the aggregate.

The longest lasting cookie expires 2 years after your last visit to the website. Others are deleted 6 months, 30 minutes and the moment you close.

Google analytics - _ga expires after 2 years, _gid expires after 24 hours

Google's privacy policy

Opt out of Google Analytics

Name

Data stored

Purpose

Expires

__utma

__utmb

__utmc

__utmz

A random unique number or string of letters and numbers to identify your browser, the times and dates that you interacted with the site recently and the marketing materials or referring pages that led you to the site.

UTM tags help advertisers monitor the performance of their listings/adverts on the internet. When enabled these cookies are used to tell Google Analytics for the destination website which PhD listing the visitor has come from.  

Utmc registers a timestamp with the exact time of when the user leaves the website. Used by Google Analytics to calculate the duration of a website visit

Utmz collects data on where the user came from, what search engine was used, what link was clicked and what
search term was used. Used by Google Analytics.

Utma expires in 1 year. The other mentioned  cookies are deleted when you close your web browser.

Name

Data stored

Purpose

Expires

__qca

A random unique number or string of letters and numbers.

 Collects anonymous data on the user's visits to the website, such as the number of visits, average time spent on the website and what pages h ave been loaded with the purpose of generating reports for optimizing the website content. (used by redditmedia.com)

The cookie is deleted after 1 year

Marketing cookies

Name

Data stored

Purpose

Expires

_twitter_sess,

bcookie, bscookie, 

CheckConnectionTempCookie#,

collect, ct0, external_referer, GAPS, GoogleAdServingTest,

guest_id, leo_auth_token,

Lidc, NID, personalization_id,

test_cookie, UID, UIDR, visit

Unique numbers that identify your browser and interaction history, and a unique ID that identifies our service.

While we have no control over the cookies set by Disqus, they appear to include a mixture of pieces of information to measure the number and behavior of Disqus users, including information that links your visits to our website with your Google, Facebook, Twitter or Disqus account if you are signed in to one. This cookie does not identify you personally unless you are logged into Disqus, in which case it is linked to your Disqus, Google, Twitter and Facebook accounts.

some cookies are deleted when you close your web browser. Others in 6 months or up to 2 years.

Unclassified cookies

Unclassified cookies are cookies that we are in the process of classifying, together with the providers of individual
cookies. 

Name

Data stored

Purpose

Expires

_auth

pinterest_sess

abh_tab

cm_sub

edgebucket

eu_cookie_v2

G_ENABLED_IDPS

lastVisitedPinPages

loid

pc,

rabt

rseor3

uapp_cookie

A random unique number or string of letters and numbers.

in the process of classifying

1 year

1 year 

session

1 year 

2 years

10 years

2915216 days

session

session 

1 year

29 days

29 days

10 years

What are your choices regarding cookies

If you'd like to delete cookies or instruct your web browser to delete or refuse cookies, please visit the help pages of your web browser. Please note, however, that if you delete cookies or refuse to accept them, you might not be able to use all of the features we offer, you may not be able to store your preferences, and some of our pages might not display properly.

Disabling/enabling cookies via your browser

There are a number of ways for you to manage cookies and other tracking technologies. Through your browser settings, you can accept or decline cookies or set your browser to prompt you before accepting a cookie from the websites you visit. You should be aware that you may not be able to use all our interactive features if you set your browser to disable cookies entirely.
If you use different computers in different locations you will need to ensure that each browser is adjusted to suit your preferences.

You can delete any cookies that have been installed in the cookie folder of your browser. The various browsers provide different procedures to manage your settings. Click on any of the browser links below for instructions.

Microsoft Windows Explorer

Google Chrome

Mozilla

Apple Safari

More information about cookies

You can learn more about cookies on the following website:

All About Cookies

http://www.allaboutcookies.org/