Cookies on the website

What are cookies?

Cookies are files saved on your phone, tablet or computer when you visit a website.

They store information about how you use the website, such as the pages you visit.

Cookies are not viruses or computer programs. They are very small so do not take up much space.

How we use cookies

We use cookies to:

  • make our website work, for example by keeping it secure
  • remember which pop-ups you’ve seen
  • measure how you use our website, such as which links you click on (analytics cookies)
List of cookies that make our website work
Cookie Name Purpose
Google Analytics _ga This cookie is a Google Analytics persistent cookie which is used to distinguish unique users.
_gid This cookie is installed by Google Analytics. The cookie is used to store information of how visitors use a website and helps in creating an analytics report of how the website is doing. The data collected including the number visitors, the source where they have come from, and the pages visited in an anonymous form.
_gat This cookie is used to throttle request rate. These are third party cookies that are placed on your device to allow us to use the Google Analytics service. These cookies are used to collect information about how visitors use our website. We use this information to compile reports and to help us improve the website.
Google Translate nid Used by the Google Translate API to store user preferences, when using our ReachDeck accessibility tool.
ReachDeck accessibility tools TH_TOOLBAR_SETTINGS Stores an object containing user specific settings for the ReachDeck toolbar such as dialog positions and button states. No personally identifiable data is stored.
API_SETTINGS V2 Stores an object containing user specific API settings for the ReachDeck toolbar such as voice and language selection, user preferences set in the toolbar settings panel and selected styles for word highlighting. No personally identifiable data is stored.
audioalert Stores a value ‘audioalert = true’ after the first ReachDeck audio alert.
Google Analytics set by ReachDeck socs (set by ReachDeck) This cookie is used by Google Analytics to store a user’s state regarding their cookies choices.
consent (set by ReachDeck) This cookie is used by Google Analytics to store a user’s state regarding their cookies choices. 
aec (set by ReachDeck) This cookie is used by Google Analytics to ensure that requests within a browsing session are made by the user.
1p_jar (set by ReachDeck) This cookie is used by Google Analytics to provide Google ads delivery and retargeting.
Comment form comment_author    comment_author_email comment_author_url When comments are enabled, we put three cookies on your computer if you leave a comment on our blogs or a news item. These are purely for convenience so that you do not need to re-enter information if you wish to leave another comment in the future. These expire after one year. Comments are not currently enabled.

Change your cookie settings

Some cookies, like those used to measure how you use our website, are not needed for our website to work.

These cookies can help us make our website better, but we’ll only use them if you say it’s OK.

To change your cookie settings, click on the cookie consent icon (as below) in the bottom left corner of the page:

You can choose the options on the slide-out panel to change your preferences.

Privacy

To find out how we collect, store and use information about you, see our privacy notice.

 

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Page last reviewed: 19 January, 2023