Cookie

An HTTP cookie—commonly referred to as just “cookie” – is a parcel of text sent back and forth between a web browser and the server it accesses. Its original purpose was to provide a state management mechanism between a web browser and a web server. Without a cookie (or a similar solution), a web server cannot distinguish between different users, or determine any relationship between sequential page visits made by the same user. For this reason, cookies are used to differentiate one user from another and to pass information from page to page during a single user’s website session. A web server uses cookies to collect data about a given browser, along with the information requested and sent by the browser’s operator (the visitor). Cookies do not identify people, but rather they are defined themselves by a combination of a computer, a user account, and a browser.

Cookies Set By Google Analytics

Google Analytics (a web analytics service provided by Google, Inc) sets a cookie in order to evaluate use of those services and compile a report for us.
For further information please visit Cookies & Google Analytics.
You can Opt-out of Google Analytics cookies.

Facebook

We use a number of social networking applications, such as Facebook, to provide additonal functionality and sharing capabilities on our websites and applications.

Embedded content

We sometimes embed photos and video content from websites such as YouTube and Flickr. As a result, when you visit a page containing such content, you may be presented with cookies from these websites. We do not control the dissemination of these cookies and you should check the relevant third party’s website for more information.

Sharing Tools

You may also see embedded ‘share’ buttons on our web pages; these enable users to easily share content with their friends through a number of popular social networks. When you click on one of these buttons, a cookie may be set by the service you have chosen to share content through. Again, we do not control the dissemination of these cookies./
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 _ga  This cookie name is associated with Google Universal Analytics, according to documentation it is used to throttle the request rate – limiting the collection of data on high traffic sites. It expires after 10 minutes.   Encoded URL 09/19/2019, 10:14:21 AM
 _gat  This cookie name is associated with Google Universal Analytics, according to documentation it is used to throttle the request rate – limiting the collection of data on high traffic sites. It expires after 10 minutes.  Encoded URL  09/19/2017, 10:15:21 AM
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