Cookie Guidelines

Devon Archaeological Society – Guidelines on use and control of Cookies in the DAS website

Last updated: 25 Nov 2018

 


What is a cookie?

A cookie is a small text file that is downloaded onto ‘terminal equipment’ (eg a computer or smartphone) when the user accesses a website. It allows the website to recognise that user’s device and store some information about the user’s preferences or past actions. (Information Commissioners Office, 2018). See: https://ico.org.uk/for-organisations/guide-to-pecr/cookies-and-similar-technologies/

All cookies are either session cookies or persistent cookies.

  • Session cookies last for the length of your visit to a website. They delete themselves when you close your browser. Session cookies can help with security. For instance, they can keep you logged on as you move around a website.
  • Persistent cookies stay on your device when you close your browser. They are used for many jobs. For instance, they can remember your User ID for websites where you log on. Organisations find them useful to see how people use their websites.

 DAS uses the following types of cookie in its website:

 Essential cookies:

  • Strictly necessary cookies.  These are cookies that are required for the operation of our websites.  They include, for example, cookies that enable you to log into secure areas of our websites We do not require your consent to place these cookies. Nevertheless, you may be able to block these cookies yourself on your device/ browser, but restricting these cookies is likely to mean that our websites will not work as you would expect and certain functionality may be inoperable.
  • Analytical/performance cookies.  We use Google Analytics, which sets cookies, to monitor website performance and user behaviour. They allow us to improve the website, providing better content for users and to identify areas in need of maintenance. Performance cookies can help us to identify the most popular products/services/content and present this content more prominently for returning users.

Non-essential cookies

  • Functionality cookies.  These are used to recognise you when you return to our websites.  This enables us to personalise our content for you, greet you by name and remember your preferences (for example, your choice of language or region).
  • Performance Cookies These cookies allow us to improve the functionality and experience of our site, these include third party cookies which collect information to help better tailor our advertising to your interests, preferences and past activity

We use the following cookies on this website:

Name of Cookie:  _gat

Essential or Non-essential?: Non-essential

Type of cookie: Analytical

First or Third party?: First party

Session or Persistent?: session

Expiry Time: End of browser session

Purpose: Used by Google Analytics to throttle request rate received by users.

 

Name of Cookie:  _ga

Essential or Non-essential?: Non-essential

Type of cookie: Analytical

First or Third party?: First party

Session or Persistent?:  Persistent

Expiry Time: 2 years

Purpose: Google Analytics cookie used to generate statistical information on the use of a website through distinguishing its users.

 

Name of Cookie:  _gid

Essential or Non-essential?: Non-essential

Type of cookie: Analytical

First or Third party?: First party

Session or Persistent?:  Session

Expiry Time: End of browser session

Purpose: Google Analytics cookie which registers a unique ID that is used to generate statistical data on how the visitor uses the website.

 

Name of Cookie:  _gd

Essential or Non-essential?: Non-essential

Type of cookie: Analytical

First or Third party?: First party

Session or Persistent?: Session

Expiry Time:  End of browser session

Purpose: Google Analytics cookies used to distinguish users.

 

Name of Cookie:  _gali

Essential or Non-essential?: Non-essential

Type of cookie: Analytical

First or Third party?:  First party

Session or Persistent?: Session

Expiry Time: End of browser session

Purpose: Google Analytics cookie used to improve the accuracy of Google Analytics by differentiating between multiple links to the same URL on a single page.

 

Name of Cookie:  IDE

Essential or Non-essential?: Non-essential

Type of cookie: Advertising

First or Third party?: third

Session or Persistent?: persistent

Expiry Time: 1 year

Purpose: Used for advertising purposes.

 

Name of Cookie:  ANID

Essential or Non-essential?: Non-essential

Type of cookie: Advertising

First or Third party?:  third

Session or Persistent?:  persistent

Expiry Time: 2 years

Purpose: Used for advertising purposes.

 

Name of Cookie:  DSID

Essential or Non-essential?: Non-essential

Type of cookie: Advertising

First or Third party?:  third

Session or Persistent?:  persistent

Expiry Time: 2 years

Purpose: Used to link devices together and to coordinate adverts

 

Name of Cookie:  FLC

Essential or Non-essential?: Non-essential

Type of cookie: Advertising

First or Third party?:  third

Session or Persistent?:  persistent

Expiry Time: 2 years

Purpose: Used for advertising purposes

 

Name of Cookie:  AID

Essential or Non-essential?: Non-essential

Type of cookie: Advertising

First or Third party?:  third

Session or Persistent?:  persistent

Expiry Time: 2 years

Purpose: Used to link devices together and to coordinate adverts

 

Name of Cookie:  TAID

Essential or Non-essential?: Non-essential

Type of cookie: Advertising

First or Third party?:  third

Session or Persistent?:  persistent

Expiry Time: 2 years

Purpose: Used to link devices together and to coordinate adverts


Control Your Cookies

We will warn you that we are using cookies when you first use our website and ask you to confirm that you give your consent for us to do this.

You may still use your browser settings to control the use of cookies at any time after this. All browsers allow you to refuse the use of any cookies and most allow you to control the use of specific cookies via their ‘Settings’ options (typically some sort of custom privacy settings).

You can turn off or delete cookies in your browser. If you do this, it may affect sites that use similar cookies to us and please note that some parts of this website may become inaccessible or not function properly.

Cookies choices that you set in your browser replace any you set on a single website. For instance, if you run an ad blocker on your browser, you won’t see ads that are tailored to you, even if you have turned on marketing cookies.

Find out how to manage cookies in common browsers (Internet Explorer, Chrome, Firefox and Safari) on the Information Commissioners’ Office (ICO) website.