FileOpal Cookies Policy (Updated August 2017)
What are ‘Cookies’?
Cookies are small pieces of information that are stored by your browser on your computer’s hard drive. They are often used as a mechanism for websites to remember things that a website browser has done there in the past, for example, clicking on particular buttons, logging in, or having read pages on that site months or years ago.
In general we use the following cookies:
Strictly necessary cookies: These are cookies that are required for the operation of our website. They include, for example, cookies that enable you to log into secure areas of our website. You can find more information about the necessary cookies we use and the purposes for which we use them in the table below.
Name Expiry Cookie Purpose
FH_PreferredCulture 60 Days from set/update This cookie allows us to ensure the language you selected is remembered across visits.
FHSession Session Cookie This cookie allows us to ensure pages are delivered consistently for the duration of your visit.
test_test-name 1 Year from set/update Sometimes we test new features, pages and content side by side with the existing site. These cookies helps us to make sure you have a consistent experience when you return to the site.
Analytical/Performance Cookies: Among other things, these allow us to recognise and count the number of visitors and see how visitors move around our website when they are using it. This helps us to improve the way our website works, for example, by ensuring that users can find what they are looking for easily. You can find more information about the analytical cookies we use and the purposes for which we use them in the table below.
Name Expiry Cookie Purpose
__utma: It is used to calculate new and returning visitor statistics. The cookie is updated every time data is sent to Google Analytics.
__utmt: This cookie is used by google to throttle requests to their systems, protecting them from being overloaded.
__utmb: The cookie is updated every time data is sent to Google Analytics. Any activity by a user within the 30 minute life span will count as a single visit, even if the user leaves and then returns to the site. A return after 30 minutes will not count as a new visit, but a returning visitor.
__utmc: This cookie is not used in most sites but is set to enable interoperability with the older version of Google Analytics code known as Urchin. In older versions this was used in combination with the __utmb cookie to identify new sessions/visits for returning visitors. When used by Google Analytics this is always a session cookie which is destroyed when the user closes their browser. Where it is seen as a persistent cookie it is therefore likely to be a different technology setting the cookie.
__utmz: This cookie tracks where visitors have come to the website, i.e. directly browsing to the site, using a search engine (tracks the search term used, etc.), as well as the geographical location of the visitor. It allows Google Analytics to report on how to “credit” a visit or successful ecommerce transaction.
__utmv: This cookie tracks any custom analytics variables set by the website. The cookie is updated every time data is sent to Google Analytics.
Click here for an overview of privacy at Google. To opt out of being tracked by Google Analytics visit http://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout.
__utmt 10 minutes
__utmb 30 minutes from set/update
__utmc Session Cookie
__utmz 6 months from set/update
__utmv 2 years from set/update
__qca 180 days from set/update This cookie is used by our partner AddThis to offer some social sharing tools and allow us to track social referrals. To learn more about their privacy policies and to opt out of this cookie please visit http://www.addthis.com/privacy.
Functionality Cookies: These are used to improve the functional performance of the website and make it easier for you to use. For example, they are used to remember that you have previously visited the website and asked to remain logged in to the website. You can find more information about the functionality cookies we use and the purposes for which we use them in the table below.
Name Expiry Cookie Purpose
cookieconsent_dismissed 1 year from set/update date This cookie is set when a visitor agrees to the cookie useage policy which appears as a banner at the bottom of the page until accepted.
__gads 2 years from set/update This cookie is set by Google’s DoubleClick platform, which we use to deliver adverts to this website. This cookie can’t be read by Google when you’re on other sites. It serves purposes such as measuring interactions with the ads on this site and preventing the same ads from being shown to you too many times.
__atuvc 2 years from set/update This cookie is used by our partner AddThis to offer some social sharing tools and allow us to track social referrals. To learn more about their privacy policies and to opt out of this cookie please visit http://www.addthis.com/privacy.
Third Party Cookies: Many of the adverts you see on our website are generated by third parties. Before running on our website, adverts are vetted for their content and we only work with companies that we feel are relevant to our content and our users. The companies that generate these adverts have their own privacy policies and may set their own or other third party cookies via these adverts. Other than setting up the coding they request when we receive the advert we don’t have control over how these companies employ cookies. In some instances, you may find these adverts contain anonymous cookies which they use for analytical purposes such as to track how many people have seen an advert. Alternatively, they may use data from these cookies to anonymously target advertising to you on other websites without knowing your name or contact details based on your visit to our sites also known as Behavioural Retargeting. To help our advertisers deliver more targeted and relevant advertising to our users, we also occasionally serve adverts using selected third party service providers via platform providers such as Google that target our users based on the content they may have viewed across our website known as Online Behavioural Advertising. These cookies are anonymous and do not involve using personally identifiable information like your name, email address or telephone number.
Third party cookies help us to:
collect statistics about how our website is used so we can improve our website
make sure you can see offers that are relevant to you
provide specific relevant content for your preferences and interests.
Cookies by themselves can’t be used to find out the identity of any user. Unless you choose to tell them, the third party sites will never know who you are even if they assign your browser a cookie. You can find more information about the third party cookies we use and the purposes for which we use them in the table below.
Third Party Name Expiry Cookie Purpose
You can learn more about how Google uses the data collectec from this site by visiting http://www.google.com/intl/en/policies/privacy/partners/
_drt Session Cookie
FLC Session Cookie
NID 180 days from set/update
_video-distributor-2_session Session Cookie
vzFlashInstalled Session Cookie
Quantcast mc 180 days from set/update Quantcast helps us learn more about our audience, by helping us understand what your interests are likely to be and therefore deliver appropriate content and advertising. To learn more about Quantcast, the data the collect and how they use it, please visit https://www.quantcast.com/privacy/. To opt out of this service, please visit https://www.quantcast.com/opt-out/.
c 90 days from set/update
Outbrain VARIOUS VARIOUS Outbrain provides relevant and engaging content from external sites. They use a number of cookies to ensure they are showing relevant content and not showing the same content too many times. For a full breakdown of the cookies they use, please visit http://www.outbrain.com/uk/legal/cookies.
We sell advertising space through an advertising platform and certain third parties subscribe to the platform as buyers and may place cookies on your computer through the ‘dynamic’ adverts placed. We do not have a direct relationship with these third party buyers and cannot provide an exhaustive list of possible buyers because each advert space could, on becoming available, be filled by any buyer on the platform. Such cookies are not, therefore, included in the list. Nonetheless, examples of such third party buyers are:
Our web pages may also contain electronic images known as Web beacons (sometimes called single-pixel gifs) that are set by our third party partners. Web beacons are used along with cookies enabling our partners to compile aggregated statistics to analyse how our site is used. We use a third party to gather information about how you and others use our web site. For example, we will know how many users access a specific page and which links they clicked on. We use this aggregated information to understand and optimize how our site is used.
Local Shared Objects – Flash Cookies
Third Parties, with whom we partner to provide certain features on our site or to display advertising based upon your web browsing activity, use Flash cookies to collect and store information. Flash cookies are different from browser cookies because of the amount of, type of, and how data is stored. Cookie management tools provided by your browser will not remove Flash cookies. To learn how to manage privacy and storage settings for Flash cookies click here.
What happens with social networks?
If you choose to ‘share’ FileOpal content with friends through Facebook, Twitter or other social networks you might be sent cookies from these websites. We don’t control the setting of these cookies, so please check those websites for more information about their cookies and how to manage them.
By using our website you agree that we can place these types of cookies on your device.
You can manage cookies by activating the setting on your internet browser that allows you to refuse the setting of all or some cookies. Please refer to the instructions or the online help files available via your relevant browser if you wish to manage cookies in this way. You can also refer to the links provided in the tables above to find ways of opting out of particular services, where these are available. Alternatively, please visit www.aboutcookies.org or www.allaboutcookies.org for further information.
Changes to this Cookies policy
We aim to meet high standards and our policies and procedures are, therefore, constantly under review. From time to time we may change how we use and place cookies. Accordingly, we recommend that you check this page periodically in order to review our current policies and practices.