What are cookies?

 

To make this site simpler, we sometimes place small data files on your computer while you browse. These are known as cookies. Most big websites do this too.


Why use them?

 

Cookies improve things by:

  • measuring how you use the website so we can make sure it meets your needs
  • remembering settings, so you don't have to keep re-entering them whenever you visit a new page
  • tracking the effectiveness of our content


Our cookies aren't used to identify you personally. They're just here to make the site work better for you. Indeed, you can manage and/or delete these small files as you wish.


To learn more about cookies and how to manage them, visit AboutCookies.org. Or please read on to find out more about how and where we use cookies.


How we use cookies

 

Measuring website usage

 

We use Google Analytics to collect information about how people use this site. We do this to make sure it's meeting its users' needs and to understand how we could do it better.


The cookies collect information such as the number of visitors to the site, which pages you visit, how long you are on the site, how you got here and what you click on. We do not collect or store your personal information (eg your name or address) so this information cannot be used to identify who you are. We do not allow Google to use or share our analytics data.


The following cookies are placed on your computer by Google Analytics:

 

 Cookie  ID

 Typical  content

 Expires

 Type

 What it does

 _utma

 Randomly  generated  number

 After 2 years

 First  party

 Keeps track of the number of times you visit the  site, when your first and last visit occurred

 _utmb

 Randomly  generated  number

 After 30 minutes

 First  party

 Records the time you arrive at the site

 _utmc

 Randomly  generated  number

 As soon as you  close your  browser  window

 First  party

 Records the time you leave the site

 _utmz

 Randomly  generated  number

 After 6 months

 First  party

 Tracks which site you came from, which search  engine you used, which link you clicked, which  keyword you used, and where in the world you  are

 

For more information about Google Analytics visit Google Analytics website.

 

Tracking social sharing

 

The AddThis service allows you to share a webpage with social sites such as Twitter and Facebook, save it to your browser bookmarks, or send it to a friend via email.


AddThis places cookies on your machine to track the usage of their service, so we can see how people are using and sharing our content. It is the world's largest content sharing platform and is used by many sites.


AddThis is owned and operated by Clearspring Technologies, who offer an opt-out service should you wish them to stop collecting non-personally identifiable information about you.


The following cookies are placed on your computer by AddThis:

 

 Cookie  ID

 Typical  content

 Expires

 Type

 What it does

 di

 Randomly generated  number

 After 2 years

 Third  party

 Determines expiration of other  cookies

 dt

 Randomly generated  number

 After 2 years

 Third  party

 Determines expiration of other  cookies

 loc

 Country code and  randomly generated  letters and numbers

 After 30 days

 Third  party

 Identifies your rough location

 psc

 Randomly generated  number

 After 2 years

 Third  party

 Counts number of views of this  page

 ssc

 Randomly generated  number

 As soon as you  close your browser  window

 Third  party

 Records the time you leave the  site

 ssh/sshs

 Your preferences

 After 2 years

 Third  party

 Configures your preferences according to changes to settings you make

 uid

 Randomly generated  letters and numbers

 After 30 days

 Third  party

 Tracks an anonymised user ID  and log-in time

 uvc

 Randomly generated  letters and numbers

 Expires

 Third  party

 Tracks usage of the social  sharing buttons at the bottom  of each page

 

Leaving comments

 

We use the Wordpress blogging platform for our Gallery blog. You can leave comments about the posts we write, and when you do, Wordpress stores some information so you don't have to write them all out again.


The following cookies are placed on your machine to allow you to leave comments:

 

 Cookie ID

 Cookie  name

 Typical  content

 Expires

 Type

 What it does

 comment_author

 Wordpress

 User  name  entered

 A little  under 1  year

 First  party

 Remembers your name so  you don't have to re-type it  when you leave another  comment

 comment_author_email

 Wordpress

 Email  address  entered

 A little  under 1  year

 First  party

 Remembers your email  address so you don't have  to re-type it when you leave  another comment

 comment_author_url

 Wordpress

 Website  URL  entered

 A little  under 1  year

 First  party

 Remembers your website  URL so you don't have to  re- type it when you leave  another comment

 wordpress_test_cookie

 Wordpress

 WP+Cookie
 +check

 As soon  as you  close  your  browser  window

 First  party

 Determines whether you  have cookies enabled or not

 wordpress_logged_in

 Wordpress

 Y or N

 A little  under 1  year

 First  party

 Determines whether you are  logged in or not

 

Logging in - Courtauld staff and students only

 

The intranet and some pages on the VLE are not publicly viewable, and can only be used by current Courtauld staff and students. As such they require a log-in, which is stored using a cookie on your machine.


The following cookies are placed on your machine to allow you to log-in:

 

 Cookie ID

 Cookie  name

 Typical  content

 Expires

 Type

 What it does

 MOODLEID_

 Moodle  Sign-in

 User name

 After 2  months

 First  party

 Remembers your VLE username in  the browser

 

 

Other third-party cookies

 

If you already use social media platforms, they might set cookies on your machine as you use our website. Data can then be collected by these companies that enables them to serve up adverts on other sites that they think are relevent to your interests.


Twitter Cookies: ab_sess_search_relevance_ranked_hits_189, dnt, t1, auth_token_session, secure_session, twll, twid, ab_sess_wtf_user_to_user_rec_155, ab_sess_search_relevance_social_167, ab_sess_t1_actions_156, _twitter_sess, _twitter_sess, ab_sess_activity_ddg_126, ab_sess_activity_up_top_98, ab_sess_promoted_arrows_and_pills_78, ab_sess_Relevance_V1-49, _sm_au_d, auth_token, external_referer, guest_id, k, lang, original_referer, pid


Facebook Cookies: lu, L, L, datr, e, c_user, c_user, presence, sct, sct, _sm_au_d, act, _e_bWDI_21, _e_bWDI_22, _e_bWDI_23, _e_bWDI_24, _e_CTMK_0, _e_CTMK_1, _e_CTMK_2, _e_e6Yv_0, _e_e6Yv_1, _e_e6Yv_2, _e_0ITr_10, wd, x-referer, xs, xs, reg_ext_ref, reg_fb_gate, reg_fb_ref, reg_ext_ref, reg_fb_gate, reg_fb_ref


Google Cookies: PP_TOS_ACK, IGTP, NID, ULS, OTZ, APISID, SAPISID, SSID, _sm_au_d, S, S_awfe, SID, SS, W6D, BEAT, HSID, PREF?


Microsoft Cookies: MC1, WT_FPC


Contacting Us


If you have any questions or concerns about our use of cookies or our privacy policy, please e-mail us at website@courtauld.ac.uk