What is a cookie?
A cookie is a small file that is sent to your computer or mobile phone which contains information that allows us to recognise that you have used our website before. A cookie typically contains:
- the name of the server the cookie was sent from
- the lifetime of the cookie
- a unique identifier (usually a number)
Our website server sends the cookie and uses this number to recognise you when you return to a site or browse from page to page. Only the server that sends a cookie can read, and therefore use, that cookie. This file is stored on your computer's (or phone's) hard drive. All websites can send a cookie to your browser if your browser settings allow it. Many websites do this to track on-line traffic flow.
Cookies can be categorised from their life span:
- session or temporary cookies: these cookies expire when you close your browser or when the session times out
- persistent or permanent cookies: these are usually stored on your hard disk and survive across multiple sessions but have a longer expiration date
When you visit the NSPCC Child Protection in Sport Unit website, the pages that you see, together with a cookie are downloaded to your device. This is a common practice on websites, because it allows website publishers to find out (amongst other things) whether the website has been visited before.
All the cookies set by the CPSU website have the title 'thecpsu.org.uk'. The names and purposes of the cookies are as follows:
Necessary (cookies that are essential for the operation of our website)
Used by the .NET framework to identify the same session across postbacks.
This cookie is essential for the operation of our website and is used to verify a visitor’s identity in order to prevent fraud.
- UMB-XSRF-TOKEN, UMB-XSRF-V, UMB_UCONTEXT
These cookies are anti-forgery tokens to prevent cross-site request forgery (CSRF) on some of our forms. They guarantee that the poster is the one who gets the form.
Performance (cookies that analyse how our visitors use our website and to monitor website performance)
- __utma, __utmb, … __utmz
Used by Google Analytics to provide the site owner with analysis of who uses the site, what they are looking for and other information. This allows the site owner to know what people are searching for. This information can be used in the future to improve the site content.
Functionality (cookies that remember preferences and statuses)
Used by the Contour form module (such as the form on the Contact us page) to save status for displaying forms, for example if the form has several steps or can be hidden.
Records if a visitor has seen and responded to a popup window inviting them to take a survey (see Surveymonkey below), so they are not presented with it again in future.
Third parties also set cookies on the CPSU website to deliver the services they are providing us. These technologies also enable us to understand how users interact with the CPSU website by providing information such as whether a user is browsing from a mobile device and what pages on the site they visit. We use this information to improve the content and functioning of our website.
Please note that we have no control over these third-party cookies, and in the future the cookies these companies set may change from those listed below – check the relevant websites for more information.
- adestra_ctrk (nspcc.msgfocus.com)
Adestra is the service we use to send emails such as the CPSU newsletter. The associated cookies help us understand how users interact with our emails. If you don’t wish to accept cookies from any of our emails, simply close the email before downloading any images or clicking on any links. You can also set your browser to restrict cookies or to reject them entirely. These settings will apply to all cookies whether included on websites or in emails. In some instances, depending on your email or browser settings, cookies in an email may be automatically accepted (for example, when you’ve added an email address to your address book or safe senders list). Please refer to your email browser or device instructions for more information on this.
- _ab_user, js_test_cookie, original_referrer, test_cookie, _ga, _gat, _gid
Google Analytics and Google Tag Manager
- __ga, _dc_gtm, __utma, __utmb, … __utmz
Imperva (formerly Incapsula)
- incap_ses_*, nlbi_*, visid_incap_* (fireeye.com)
These are cookies to improve functionality and performance related to the protection of the website from DDoS attacks and other security threats.
- bcookie, lang, lidc, JSESSIONID
- lang, eu_cn, gt, ct0, guest_id, personalization_id, syndication_guest_id
- GPS, PREF, VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE, YSC
- IDE (doubleclick.net)
Social or share buttons
On our website you will see 'social buttons'. These enable users to share or bookmark the web pages.
If you use a 'social button' the social network that created the button may deliver cookies to your computer or mobile phone that track your actions on this and other sites. Even if you don't click on a social button, if you are logged into these social networks' accounts they may be tracking your visits.
How to control or delete cookies
If you don't want cookies to be stored on your PC, it's possible to disable this function within your browser without affecting your navigation around the site.
You can easily control and disable cookies through your browser settings. All browsers are different – visit allaboutcookies.org for instructions for each browser.