What are Cookies?
Cookies are small files which are stored on your computer. They are designed to hold a modest amount of data specific to your website visit on our site. Cookies help to improve your visit to our website by helping with the following:
- Remembering settings, so you don’t have to keep re-entering them whenever you visit a new page
- Remembering information you’ve given (e.g. your postcode) so you don’t need to keep entering it
- Measuring how you use the website so we can make sure it meets your needs
Please note that cookies can't harm your computer and we do not store personally identifiable information in cookies we use on this website. We're giving you this information as part of our initiative to comply with UK legislation, and to make sure we're honest and clear about your privacy when using our website. Please be assured that we're working on a number of other privacy and cookie-related improvements to the website.
The Cookies we use:
Measuring website usage – Google Analytics
Description of Cookie
|Setting the Scope of Your Site Content||Because any cookie read/write access is restricted by a combination of the cookie name and its domain, default visitor tracking via Google Analytics is confined to the domain of the page on which the tracking code is installed. For the most common scenario where the tracking code is installed on a single domain (and no other sub-domains), the generic setup is correct. In other situations where you wish to track content across domains or sub-domains, or restrict tracking to a smaller section of a single domain, you use additional methods in the
|Determining Visitor Session||The Google Analytics tracking for
|Identifying Unique Visitors||Each unique browser that visits a page on your site is provided with a unique ID via the
|Tracking Traffic Sources & Navigation||When visitors reach your site via a search engine result, a direct link, or an ad that links to your page, Google Analytics stores the type of referral information in a cookie. The parameters in the cookie value string are parsed and sent in the GIF Request (in the
|Custom Variables||You can define your own segments for reporting on your particular data. When you use the
|Website Optimizer||You can use Google Analytics with Google Website Optimizer (GWO), which is a tool that helps determine the most effective design for your site. When a website optimizer script executes on your page, a _utmx cookie is written to the browser and its value is sent to Google Analytics. See the Website Optimizer Help Center for more information.||
Once the cookies are set/updated on the web browser, the data they contain that is required for reporting purposes is sent to the Analytics servers in the GIF Request URL via the utmcc parameter.
Cookies Set By Google Analytics
Google Analytics sets the following cookies as described in the table below. A default configuration and use of Google Analytics sets only the first 4 cookies in the table.
|__utma||This cookie is typically written to the browser upon the first visit to your site from that web browser. If the cookie has been deleted by the browser operator, and the browser subsequently visits your site, a new __utma cookie is written with a different unique ID. This cookie is used to determine unique visitors to your site and it is updated with each page view. Additionally, this cookie is provided with a unique ID that Google Analytics uses to ensure both the validity and accessibility of the cookie as an extra security measure.||2 years from set/update.|
|__utmb||This cookie is used to establish and continue a user session with your site. When a user views a page on your site, the Google Analytics code attempts to update this cookie. If it does not find the cookie, a new one is written and a new session is established. Each time a user visits a different page on your site, this cookie is updated to expire in 30 minutes, thus continuing a single session for as long as user activity continues within 30-minute intervals. This cookie expires when a user pauses on a page on your site for longer than 30 minutes. You can modify the default length of a user session with the _setSessionCookieTimeout() method.||30 minutes from set/update.|
|__utmc||This cookie is no longer used by the ga.js tracking code to determine session status. Historically, this cookie operated in conjunction with the __utmb cookie to determine whether or not to establish a new session for the user. For backwards compatibility purposes with sites still using the urchin.js tracking code, this cookie will continue to be written and will expire when the user exits the browser. However, if you are debugging your site tracking and you use the ga.js tracking code, you should not interpret the existence of this cookie in relation to a new or expired session.||Not set.|
|__utmz||This cookie stores the type of referral used by the visitor to reach your site, whether via a direct method, a referring link, a website search, or a campaign such as an ad or an email link. It is used to calculate search engine traffic, ad campaigns and page navigation within your own site. The cookie is updated with each page view to your site.||6 months from set/update.|
|__utmv||This cookie is not normally present in a default configuration of the tracking code. The __utmv cookie passes the information provided via the _setVar() method, which you use to create a custom user segment. This string is then passed to the Analytics servers in the GIF request URL via the utmcc parameter. This cookie is only written if you have added the _setVar() method for the tracking code on your website page.||2 years from set/update.|
|__utmx||This cookie is used by Website Optimizer and only set when the Website Optimizer tracking code is installed and correctly configured for your pages. When the optimizer script executes, this cookie stores the variation this visitor is assigned to for each experiment, so the visitor has a consistent experience on your site. See the Website Optimizer Help Center for more information.||2 years from set/update.|
For further information about the Cookies Google uses please visit this Cookie Information page.
Other 3rd Party Cookies we may use
When you visit our website, you may notice some cookies that are collecting information for other websites. For example, if you visit a page that has video content, cookies from YouTube may be served. We do not control the setting of these cookies and we recommend you visit the third party websites for more information. Please find a list of some third party cookies you may find present on this website and links to their specific cookie information: YouTube Google Adwords
How do I Control or Delete Cookies?
If cookies are not enabled on your computer is could mean that your experience with our website will be impacted. However, if you want to control or delete cookies you can do so. Information on deleting cookies or controlling cookies is available at www.aboutCookies.org. To reiterate though, by deleting our cookies or disabling future cookies you may not be able to access certain areas or features of our site.
Note: 'Us' refers to East Durham College 'You', 'User(s)', 'Visitor' refers to any person who uses this website.
At ED6 (part of East Durham College) we wish for you to enjoy your visit to our website and understand and respect the need for privacy of your information. For your reassurance, the site makes every commitment to comply with the Data Protection Act 1998.
This website is run by East Durham College and these guidelines are in relation to your data protection and relate solely to information provided by you via this website. Information you have supplied to us will only be used for the purposes for which you have provided it. In compliance with the Data Protection Act, your information will only be held for as long as necessary for these purposes. Information may also be used to assess and analyse our services to you or to compile statistical reviews of the pages you have visited on our website. Again, all information will only be held for as long as necessary to fulfil these purposes.
We may from time to time send you information which we feel may be of interest to you. In many cases, this will be in reference to the course/subject area in which you have expressed an interest .
If you do not wish to receive such information please inform the Marketing Manager in writing at:
FAO Marketing Manager,
East Durham College
County Durham SR8 2RN.
We value the time you spend on our website and talking with us and as such, will not pass on any information you supply to any other parties. The College strives to take all reasonable steps to protect the data you disclose to us online but cannot guarantee its security fully. Visitors to the site who submit information must do so in compliance with accepting the security risks, and will not hold the College responsible for any breach of security.
To provide a better service to you as a visitor to our site, where it is relevant, we will provide links to other websites which you may find useful or interesting. Responsibility for the information you provide to other such third party sites is with that site itself and not with the College.
These conditions are subject to change.