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What are cookies?

Our website uses cookies to distinguish you from other users of our website. This helps us to provide you with a good experience when you browse our website and also allows us to improve our website. If you choose not to receive our cookies, we cannot guarantee that your experience will be as fulfilling as it would otherwise be.

A cookie is a small file of letters and numbers that is stored on your browser or hard drive of your computer if you agree. Cookies contain information that is transferred to your computer’s hard drive. These cookies are designed to allow the website to recognise its users on subsequent visits, or to authorise other designated websites to recognise these users for a particular purpose.

Information collected by cookies is not personally identifiable.

What types of cookie are there?

In broad terms, there are four types of cookie: strictly necessary cookies, performance cookies, functionality cookies and targeting or advertising cookies.

  • Strictly necessary cookies– these cookies are essential as they enable basic functions of the website such as page navigation and access to secure areas of the website. Without them, you wouldn’t be able to use basic services like shopping baskets and e-billing.
  • Statistical/Analytical/Performance cookies these track the user’s behaviour. They collect information about how the user uses the website, such as the pages you visited and the links you clicked on. This information cannot personally identify you. The data is aggregated and for statistical purposes only, such as analysing and reporting how you interact with our website.
  • Functionality cookies – also known as “preferences cookies”, these allow users to customise how a website looks for them and allows a website to remember these preferences. They can remember usernames and passwords for automatic log-ins, language preferences and regions, and can be used to provide more personal services.
  • Advertising and targeting cookies– these are used to deliver advertisements that are more relevant to you but they can also limit the number of times you see an advertisement, and also be used to chart the effectiveness of an ad campaign by tracking users’ clicks. They can also provide security in transactions. They are usually placed by third-party advertising networks with a website operator’s permission but can be placed by the operator themselves. These cookies remember that you have visited a website and this information can be shared with other organisations, including other advertisers.

Cookies can also be categorised based on their provenance:

  • First party cookies– these are put on your device directly by the website you are visiting.
  • Third party cookies– these are placed by a third party such as advertisers or an analytic system.

Additionally, cookies are broken down into two further sub-types based on how long they endure.

  • Persistent cookies remain on a user’s device for a set period of time specified in the cookie. They are activated each time that the user visits the website that created that particular cookie. They have an expiration date written into their code but duration can vary.
  • Session cookiesare temporary. They allow website operators to link the actions of a user during a browser session. A browser session starts when a user opens the browser window and finishes when they close the browser window. Once you close the browser, all session cookies are deleted.

What types of cookies does Hutton use and how do we use them?

We collect a number of cookies from users for various reasons, not least to track our own performance - this allows us to calculate how many visitors we have - anonymously, of course - and how long they stay on our website.

We do our utmost to respect users’ privacy. We use these cookies to monitor and improve our service. We believe that your experience of the website would be adversely affected if you opted out of the cookies we use.


COOKIE TYPE

COOKIE NAMES

PROVIDER

PURPOSE

EXPIRY

Necessary Consent Youtube This is used to detect if a user has accepted the marketing category in the cookie banner. This cookie is necessary for the website’s compliance to Data Protection and UK GDPR.

Persistent cookie – 2 years

CookieConsent www.huttonltd.com Cookiebot This cookie stores users’ cookie consent state for the current domain.

Persistent cookie – 1 year

Has_js www.hutton.ac.uk This registers whether or not the user has activated JavaScript in their browser.

Session cookie

Rc::A Google This is used to distinguish between humans and bots. This allows valid reports on the usage of the website to be made.

Persistent cookie

Rc::C Google This is used to distinguish between humans and bots.

Session cookie

SESS# Hutton.ac.uk This is used to preserve users’ states across page requests.

Persistent cookie – 23 days

Statistical/Analytical/Performance _ga [X2] Google This is used to register a unique ID that is then used to generate statistical data on how users use the website.

Persistent cookie – 2 years

_ga_# [X2] Google This is used by Google Analytics to collect data on the number of times a user has visited the website as well as the dates of their first and most recent visit.

Persistent cookie – 2 years

_gat Google This is used by Google Analytics to throttle request rate.

Persistent cookie – 1 day

_gid Google This registers a unique ID that is used to generate statistical data on how the user utilises our website.

Persistent cookie – 1 day

Collect Google This is used to send data to Google Analytics about the user’s device and behaviour. This tracks the user across devices and marketing channels.

Session cookie

TD Google This registers statistical data on the users’ behaviour on the website. This cookie is used for internal analytics.

Persistent cookie – 1 day

Advertising and targeting Ads/ga-audiences Google This is used to store information for remarketing purposes.

Session cookie

Guest_id Twitter This collects data related to the user’s visits to our website, such as the number of visits, average time spent on the website and which pages have been loaded, with the purpose of personalising and improving the Twitter service.

Persistent cookie – 13 months

i/jot Twitter This sets a unique ID for the user, that allows third party advertisers to target the visitor with relevant advertisements. This pairing service is provided by third party advertisement hubs, which facilitates real-time bidding for advertisers.

Session cookie

i/jot/embeds Twitter This sets a unique ID for the user, that allows third party advertisers to target the user with relevant advertisements. This pairing service is provided by third party advertisement hubs, which facilitates real-time bidding for advertisers.

Session cookie

Last_Result_Key_Entry Youtube This is used to track the user’s interaction with embedded content/

Session cookie

LogsDatabaseV2:V#||LogsRequestsStore Youtube This stores the user’s player preferences using embedded Youtube video.

Persistent cookie

nextID Youtube This is used to track the user’s interaction with embedded content.

Session cookie

Remote_sid Youtube This is necessary for the implementation and functionality of Youtube video content on our websites.

Session cookie

Requests Youtube This is used to track the user’s interaction with embedded content.

Session cookie

RichHistory Twitter This collects data on the user’s preferences and behaviour on the website. This information is used to make content and advertisement more relevant to the specific user.

Session cookie

ServiceWorkerLogsDatabase#SWHealthLog Youtube This is necessary for the implementation and functionality of Youtube video-content on our website.

Persistent cookie

TESTCOOKIESENABLED Youtube This is used to track the user’s interaction with embedded content.

Persistent cookie – 1 day

VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE Youtube This tries to estimate the user’s bandwidth on pages with integrated Youtube videos.

Persistent cookie – 180 days

YSC Youtube This register’s a unique ID to keep statistics of what videos from Youtube the user has seen.

Session cookie

ytidb::LAST_RESULT_ENTRY_KEY Youtube This is used to track the user’s interaction with embedded content.

Persistent cookie

YtIdbMeta#databases Youtube This is used to track the user’s interaction with embedded content.

Persistent cookie

yt-remote-cast-available Youtube This stores the user’s video player preferences using embedded Youtube videos.

Session cookie

yt-remote-cast-installed Youtube This stores the user’s video player preferences using embedded Youtube video.

Persistent cookie

yt-remote-connected-devices Youtube This stores the user’s video player preferences using embedded Youtube video.

Persistent cookie

yt-remote-device-id Youtube This stores the user’s video player preferences using embedded Youtube video.

Persistent cookie

yt-remote-fast-check-period Youtube This stores the user’s video player preferences using embedded Youtube video.

Session cookie

yt-remote-session-app Youtube This stores the user’s video player preferences using embedded Youtube video.

Session cookie

yt-remote-session-name Youtube This stores the user’s video player preferences using embedded Youtube video.

Session

How do I turn cookies off?

Most browsers accept cookies automatically, but you can alter the settings of your browser to erase cookies or prevent automatic acceptance if you prefer. In general, you have the option to accept all cookies, to be notified when a cookie is issued or reject all cookies. Visit the ‘options’ or ‘preferences’ menu on your browser to change settings and check the following links for more browser-specific information.

For more information on cookies, www.allaboutcookies.org.


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The James Hutton Research Institute is the result of the merger in April 2011 of MLURI and SCRI. This merger formed a new powerhouse for research into food, land use, and climate change.