How we use cookies

Last Updated 31 October 2014


What is a cookie?

A cookie is a small piece of text that can be stored by your browser when you surf the Internet.

Cookies are used to store information as you move from page to page inside a website. Common uses are to enable shopping basket functionality or to ensure you do not need to set language preferences each time you move to a new page within a site.

Although some personal information is tracked using analytics cookies (such as your browser settings and location). None of the cookies used within this site enable us to track information on individual users. The data generated is used to create a picture of an 'average' user.

Cookies we use

Cookie Name Cookie Provider Expires After Description of Cookie
__utma Google Analytics 2 years from set/update Used to distinguish users and sessions. The cookie is created when the javascript library executes and no existing __utma cookies exists. The cookie is updated every time data is sent to Google Analytics.
__utmb Google Analytics 30 mins from set/update Used to determine new sessions/visits. The cookie is created when the javascript library executes and no existing __utmb cookies exists. The cookie is updated every time data is sent to Google Analytics.
__utmc Google Analytics End of browser session Not used in ga.js. Set for interoperability with urchin.js. Historically, this cookie operated in conjunction with the __utmb cookie to determine whether the user was in a new session/visit.
__utmz Google Analytics 6 months from set/update Stores the traffic source or campaign that explains how the user reached your site. The cookie is created when the javascript library executes and is updated every time data is sent to Google Analytics.
__atuvc and/or __atuvs AddThis 2 years The __atuvc cookie is created and read by the AddThis social sharing site JavaScript on the client side in order to make sure the user sees the updated count if they share a page and return to it before our share count cache is updated. No data from that cookie is sent back to AddThis and removing it when disabling cookies would cause unexpected behavior for users.
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Coyote-2-cfe4ed19 Load Balancer Cookie End of session The Coyote-2-cfe4ed19 cookie is created as soon as a visitor loads the website. It is a functional cookie used by a load balancer to assign a server to a visitor. Removing it when disabling cookies would cause unexpected behavior for users.
TN Technology Networks 5 years The Technology Networks cookie is created when a user logs into the website or visits the website via a Technology Networks email.
It's primary use is to allow users to view tailored content without having to re-authenticate. It is also used to help us to better understand how users interact with our website so improvements can be made.
NP Technology Networks 1 week The NP cookie is created when a user closes the notification panel on Labtube.
It's only use is to hide the notification panel for 1 week.
is_returning Crazy Egg 5 Years This cookie tracks whether a visitor is new or returning. It is used only to provide insight into how visitors interact with the website.
 
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