What is a cookie?
A cookie is a simple text file that is stored on a computer or mobile device by a website’s server and only that server will be able to retrieve or read the contents of that cookie. Each cookie is unique to a web browser. It will contain some anonymous information such as a unique identifier and the site name and some digits and numbers. It allows a website to remember things like user preferences.
Types of cookies used
Most cookies encountered when browsing the City of London College web sites are considered ‘third party’ cookies. This simply means the web site has used a feature supplied by an external provider, such as Facebook or Google Maps which sets the cookie. Third party cookies are not inherently more or less risky than first party cookies. The only thing to bear in mind is that the external provider, not the City of London College, determines what type of information is stored and how it is used.
The most common type of cookie used on our web site is set by Google Analytics, which provides anonymous statistical data to us to show usage trends and to aid in making decisions about what types of content are most popular.
Specific information about the cookies on City of London College web sites are contained in our cookie register. In addition, some of our websites may carry cookies specific to that service. Information about these will be contained on the individual website.
|_ga||Google analytics||Registers a unique ID that is used to generate statistical data on how the visitor uses the website.||2 years||HTTP|
|_gid||Google analytics||Registers a unique ID that is used to generate statistical data on how the visitor uses the website.||Session||HTTP|
|_gat||Google analytics||Used by Google Analytics to throttle request rate||Session||HTTP|
|PHPSESSID||clc-london.ac.uk||To store a simple message when a form is submitted that can be displayed on a different page.||Session||HTTP|
Most web pages contain a Google Analytics tracking code to record anonymous information about the date and time of your visit, the type of browser used, approximate geographic location and the URL of any page that led to City of London College’s web site. That information is aggregated and used by City of London College to identify usage trends on our site and to make decisions about which content or presentation styles are most effective.
Find information about opting out of browsing behaviour being shared with Google Analytics by visiting Google Analytics Opt-out Browser Add-on
To find out more about cookies, visit allaboutcookies.org.
You can opt out of cookie-based advertisements from many advertising platforms by visiting ‘Your online choices’ and switching off behavioural advertising from the organisations of your choice.
What to do if you don’t want cookies to be set
You can restrict or block web browser cookies set on your device through editing your browser settings; the browser Help function gives full instructions. Alternatively, you can visit About cookies, which contains comprehensive information on how to do this on a wide variety of desktop browsers.