Cookies information

Cookies are small text files that are placed on your computer by the websites that you visit. They are widely used in order to make websites work, or work more efficiently, as well as to provide information to the owners of the site. The use of cookies is now standard for most websites. If you are uncomfortable with the use of cookies, you can manage and control them through your browser, including removing cookies by deleting them from your ‘browser history’ (cache) when you leave the site.

 

Types of cookie:

‘Session’ cookies remain in your browser during your browser session only, i.e. until you leave the website.

‘Persistent’ cookies remain in your browser after the session (unless deleted by you).

‘Performance’ cookies collect information about your use of the website, such as webpages visited and any error messages; they do not collect personally identifiable information, and the information collected is aggregated such that it is anonymous.  Performance cookies are used to improve how a website works.

‘Functionality’ cookies allow the website to remember any choices you make about the website (such as changes to text size, customised pages) or enable services such as commenting on a blog.

 

Use of cookies by OPITO:

The following table explains the way in which we use cookies on this website.

Cookie

Name

Purpose

Duration

HubSpot

hssc

This cookie keeps track of sessions. This is used to determine if we should increment the session number and timestamps in the hstc cookie. It contains the domain, viewCount (increments each pageView in a session), and session start timestamp

30 minutes

 

 

 

 

HubSpot

hssrc

Whenever HubSpot changes the session cookie, this cookie is also set. We set it to 1 and use it to determine if the user has restarted their browser. If this cookie does not exist when we manage cookies, we assume it is a new session

At end of session

 

 

 

 

HubSpot

hstc

The main cookie for tracking visitors. It contains the domain, utk (see below), initial timestamp (first visit), last timestamp (last visit), current timestamp (this visit), and session number (increments for each subsequent session)

2 years

 

 

 

 

Google Analytics

ga

Used to identify unique users

2 years

 

 

 

 

Google Analytics

gid

Used to distinguish users

24 hours

 

 

 

 

Google Analytics

hubspotudtk

This cookie is used for to keep track of a visitor's identity. This cookie is passed to HubSpot on form submission and used when de-duplicating contacts

10 years

 

 

 

 

OPITO

cookie-policy

Cookie agreement bar used to highlight policies. Once accepted Cookie is created to hide the bar until expiry

1 week

 

 

 

 

OPITO

PHPSESSID

Unique token for functional enhancements such as storing the number of articles already loaded after using an ajax load more button, customer login details

At end of session