Cookies policy

Summary

Cookies are small files which are stored on your computer when you visit websites. They hold a small amount of data specific to you and the website, and can be read either by the web server or your computer. This allows the website to deliver web pages tailored to you and can carry information from one visit to the website (or related site) to the next. For example a cookie may 'remember' that you prefer to view the page with a high contrast or the contents of a shopping basket.

On AskSARA cookies remember your answers to the questions and help us provide you with a better website by enabling us to monitor which pages you find useful and which you do not. Our cookies do not give us access to your computer or any information about you.

For further information on cookies and how to remove them, visit About Cookies: how to control cookies.

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The cookies we use:

First party

Name Purpose Content Expiry
contrast We set cookies on your browser to store your preferences about whether you wish to view the website in high colour contrast, with a blue or beige background. highco, hiblue and yellow 30 days
fontsize We also set cookies to store your preferences about whether you wish to view the site in small, normal or large font. small/normal/large 30 days
authversion To identify whether you have chosen to use a local or customised version of AskSARA. e.g a version that adds local information. version name At end of session
authority as above authority name 1 day
locationset as above yes/no 30 days
session_id To remember your answers to AskSARA's question streams and which reports you have completed. Rembers your login name if you login (this is optional). Randomly generated number 1 year
PHPSESSID as above Randomly generated number When user exits browser
noCookie The 'Disable tracking cookies' button on the right sets this cookie to remember not to set the tracking cookies. This block will last for two hours, if you use AskSARA again after two hours you will need to press the 'Disable tracking cookies' button again. no_tracking 2 hours
pageReadCookie This tells the website whether you have read AskSARA's cookies policy. user_page_read 30 days

Third party

We use Google Analytics to collect information about how people use this site. We do this to make sure AskSARA meets your needs and to understand how we could improve it. For example, the Analytics may tell us that visitors to one of our advice pages leave it very quickly and we may need to rename the page or change the content.

Name Purpose Content Expiry
__utma Google Analytics sets cookies to help us accurately estimate the number of visitors to the website and volumes of usage, e.g. website statistics. This is to ensure that the service is available when you want it and fast (Learn more). This cookie records unique visitors to AskSARA. Randomly generated number 2 years
__utmb Google Analytics sets cookies to help us accurately estimate the number of visitors to the website and volumes of usage, e.g. website statistics. This is to ensure that the service is available when you want it and fast (Learn more). This cookie records which pages you visit on AskSARA. Randomly generated number 30 minutes
__utmc As above Randomly generated number when user exits browser
__utmz Google Analytics cookie which collects information on how our site was reached (e.g. direct or via a link, organic search or paid search) This helps to ensure you reach our advice when you want it and fast (Learn more) Randomly generated number 6 months
__utmv an additional Google Analytics cookie – the __utmv cookie – gets set on a visitor's computer, with its sole purpose being to identify the visitor by the label (or value) that you used in the code. (Learn more) tbc tbc
_ga The cookie is set to expire 24 months (2 years) and the expiration is refreshed every time a hit is sent. (Learn more) tbc tbc
VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE To track visitor views of YouTube videos embedded on this website. Randomly generated number 241 days
disqus_unique, __qca, __utma, __utmb, __utmc, __utmz, __jid, quantserve.com mc, scorecardresearch.com UID, scorecardresearch.com UIDR, media.cdn.disqus.com testCookie We use a third party solution to handle our blog comments, this solution stores cookies to ease return use of the blog, further information can be found on their privacy policy. Disqus Comments System The Disqus Privacy Policy

How to control and delete cookies

We do not use cookies to collect personally identifiable information about you. However, you can delete and block the Google Analytics cookies we use on AskSARA by clicking on the 'Delete tracking cookies' button to the right. This block will last for two hours, if you use AskSARA again after two hours you will need to press the 'Delete tracking cookies' button again.

Alternatively, if you wish to restrict or block the cookies which are set by our websites, or indeed any other website, you can do this through your browser settings. The 'Help' function within your browser should tell you how. For information on how to do this on the browser of your mobile phone you will need to refer to your handset manual.

You could also visit www.aboutcookies.org which contains comprehensive information on how to delete cookies on a wide variety of browsers. The site also provides general information about cookies.

You could install the Google Analytics Opt-out Browser Add-on. This add-on communicates with Google Analytics to let it know that information about your website visits should not be sent to Google Analytics. https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout

Please be aware that restricting cookies may impact on the functionality of AskSARA.

CONSENT

BY CONTINUING TO USE THIS WEBSITE, YOU CONSENT TO THE SETTING OF COOKIES AS DESCRIBED ABOVE (EXCEPT IF YOU HAVE MODIFIED YOUR BROWSER SETTINGS TO REJECT COOKIES, OR CHOSEN TO REJECT THE TRACKING COOKIES).

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