What are cookies?
‘Cookies’ are text files containing small amounts of information that are created when you land on a web page. They are automatically saved on your browser/hard drive of your computer, smartphone or tablet.
Cookies are used to help us to track visitor behaviour around a website. They help us understand how you interact with our content and how we can make improvements to the website to improve the user experience.
How to manage cookies
Some cookies are essential for the functionality of the website so blocking them may impact your experience across our sites. In your browser settings you will find options to manage, disable and delete cookies. For further information on how to do this please visit http://www.aboutcookies.org/.
Different browsers provide different methods to block and delete cookies used by websites. You can change the settings of your browser to block/delete the cookies. To find out more on how to manage and delete cookies, visit wikipedia.org, www.allaboutcookies.org.
Types of cookies
A session cookie is stored temporarily in the browsers memory and is erased when you close your web browser or if you stay inactive for a certain period of time. When you restart your browser and go back to the visiting website that created the cookie, the website will not recognise you.
Session cookies enable the website to track your behaviour from page to page remembering any information you have entered.
Persistent cookies have expiry dates and are stored on your hard drive until the cookie expires or a user manually deletes the cookie. These cookies are reactivated when you return to the website that created that particular cookie. They remember your password/login information so you don’t have to re-enter these details every time you load a page.
First party cookie
A cookie created by the domain that the user is visiting which you can see in the browser address bar. Once this has been set, it can only be read by the domain it was set up by.
Third party cookie
A cookie by a web site, other than the one you are currently visiting is referred to as a Third Party Cookie. These cookies are stored by third party websites such as online advertisers. They gain data about your browsing habits and track across multiple websites.
Cookies used on ministryofstories.org
We use Google Analytics cookies (_ga _gat _gid) to hold information about your visit to our website. This helps us better understand visitor behaviour and allows us to make improvements based on this information.
Used to throttle request rate / Expiry time of 1 minute
Used to distinguish unique users / Expiry time of 2 years
Used to distinguish unique users / Expiry time of 24 hours
Set by PHP. Generic session cookie / Deleted when you close the browser
Carries out information about how the end user uses the website and any advertising that the end user may have seen before visiting the said website / Expiry time of 1 month
Set by Facebook, these cookies delivers a series of advertisement products such as real time bidding from third party advertisers / Expiry time of 3 months
Set by YouTube, this cookie carries out information about how the end user uses the website and any advertising that the end user may have seen before visiting the said website.
We work with Salesforce, a third party software provider, to allow us to manage our Volunteers. Third party cookies may be set by these providers in order to allow their software to function