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  • remember your preferences
  • improve site performance
  • see how people use our site so we can improve it

There are two types of cookies:

  • session cookies, these are deleted when you close your browser
  • persistent cookies, these last longer and expire after a certain amount of time

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Performance cookies

Performance cookies currently in use are as below:

Cookie key Domain Path Cookie type Expiration Description
_ga_K00BDHCKY3 / First-party 2 years This cookie is used by Google Analytics to persist session state.
_ga / First-party 2 years This cookie name is associated with Google Universal Analytics – which is a significant update to Google’s more commonly used analytics service. This cookie is used to distinguish unique users by assigning a randomly generated number as a client identifier. It is included in each page request in a site and used to calculate visitor, session and campaign data for the sites analytics reports.
_gid / First-party 1 day This cookie is set by Google Analytics. It stores and update a unique value for each page visited and is used to count and track pageviews.

Targeting cookies

Targeting cookies currently in use are as below

Cookie key Domain Path Cookie type Expiration Description
_gat_gtag_UA_4500835_55 / First-party 1 minute This cookie is part of Google Analytics and is used to limit requests (throttle request rate).