Cookie Usage

What are cookies?

Cookies are small text files that are used to store small pieces of information. The cookies are stored on your device when the website is loaded on your browser. These cookies help us make the website function properly, make the website more secure, provide better user experience, and understand how the website performs and to analyze what works and where it needs improvement.

What type of cookie do we use?

As with most online services, our website uses first-party and third-party cookies for a number of purposes.

The first-party cookies are mostly necessary for the website to function the right way, and they do not collect any of your personally identifiable data. Typically these cookies expire when you close your browser or within 24 hours.

The third-party cookies used on our website are Cloudflare cookies used by the company that hosts our website.

You can view the cookies being used by clicking on the green padlock icon in the top left of the address bar on your browser, next to our domain name.

View a list of the cookies used on our site below;

First Party

Joomla! Session cookie

The first cookie you will see is the standard Joomla! Session cookie.

The session cookie assigns your browser sesion a unique - randomly generated - value

Joomla can assign the following information to this value:

  • Language - for multilingual websites (more details below)
  • Login status - by logging in to edit the website, for example, or to read content that is only accessible after logging in
  • Joomla also uses the cookie to allow the contact form to be sent only if a session cookie is available. Spam bots that automatically send spam often do not process cookies and therefore cannot send the contact form.

_ga : Google Analytics is used for tracking to identify unique visitors and expires in 2 years.

_gat : used by Google Analytics to assess performance. Expires after 10 minutes

_gid : used by Google Analytics to assess performance. Expires after 24 hours.

Cpsession : expires when you close your browser.

joomla_user_state : used when you are logged into the site. Expires when you close your browser.

Timezone : used to identify your time zone. Expires when you close your browser.

Third-party cookies

The following Cloudflare cookies are strictly necessary to provide the services connected to hosting this website.

The _cfduid cookie collects and anonymizes your IP address using a one-way hash of certain values which cannot be personally identified.

Cloudflare places the _cfduid cookie in your web browser. The cookie is a session cookie that expires after 30 days.

The _cfduid cookie does not:

  • allow for cross-site tracking,
  • follow users from site to site by merging various _cfduid identifiers into a profile, or
  • correspond to any user ID in a Customer’s web application.

The cookie typically expires after 24 hours

The following cookies are placed by Cloudflare in order to secure this website. Unless otherwise stated they expire in two years.

_biz_flagsA

_biz_nA

_biz_pendingA

_biz_uid

Other Cloudflare cookies:

_ga : Google Analytics is used for tracking to identify unique visitors and expires in 2 years.

sparrow_id - used to identify trusted web traffic. It does not correspond to any user id in the web application, nor does the cookie store any personally identifiable information.

For more information about how we use the personal information you entrust to us, please see our Privacy Policy.