A cookie is a small file which asks permission to be placed on your computer’s hard drive and helps analyse web traffic, or lets you know when you visit a particular site.

We use traffic log cookies to identify which pages are being used. This helps us analyse data about web page traffic and improve our website in order to tailor it to visitor needs. We only use this information for statistical analysis purposes and then the data is removed from the system.

Overall, cookies help us provide you with a better website, by enabling us to monitor which pages you find useful and which you do not. A cookie in no way gives us access to your computer or any information about you, other than the data you choose to share with us.

Most web browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can usually modify your browser setting to decline cookies if you prefer. This may prevent you from taking full advantage of the website.

Below is a table with the cookies our website placed on your computer.

Cookie Name Used by Description Expiration
__utma Google Analytics Stores the amount of visits of a user, the time of their first visit, the previous visit, and the current visit. It does not contain any personal information and is used only for analytical purposes.   2 years from set/update
__utmz Google Analytics This performance cookie stores where a user came from (eg. search engine, search keyword, link). 6 months from set/update
_ga and _gid Google Analytics Used to distinguish between website users in Google Analytics. 2 years and 2 hours
_gat_UA-XXXXXXXX-X (where the Xs are replaced by the Google Analytics ID number) Google Analytics Used to moderate calls to the Google Analytics service. 1 minute
__unam ShareThis Set as part of the ShareThis service and monitors "click-stream" activity, e.g. web pages viewed, navigation from page to page, time spent on each page etc. The ShareThis service only identifies a user if they have separately signed up with ShareThis for a ShareThis account and given them consent. Checks how long you stay on a site: when a visit starts, and ends. It does not contain any personal information and is used only for analytical purposes. 14 months
cc_cookie_accept Website Stores whether the user has accepted the cookie message or not. 365 days
ASP.NET_SessionId Website Used for authenticating a user's session after logging in. Closes when you exit the browser. End of session
ARRAffinity Website Tells our infrastructure which server to handle the request. End of session
MemberLoggedIn Website A binary flag which stores whether a user is logged in or not. End of session
ai_session and ai_user Website Tracks users as they navigate the website predominately for infrastructure performance insights. 1 day
DisplayName Website Keeps track of a donors preference to show their name during a Direct Debit. End of session

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