A cookie is a small amount of data, which often includes a unique identifier that is sent to your computer or mobile phone (referred to here as a "device") browser from a website's computer and is stored on your device's hard drive.

Each website can send its own cookie to your browser if your browser's preferences allow it, but (to protect your privacy) your browser only permits a website to access the cookies it has already sent to you, not the cookies sent to you by other websites. Many websites do this whenever a user visits their website in order to track online traffic flows.

On WCVA's websites, cookies record information about your online preferences. Users have the opportunity to set their devices to accept all cookies, to notify them when a cookie is issued, or not to receive cookies at any time. The last of these means that certain personalised features cannot then be provided to that user and accordingly they may not be able to take full advantage of all of the website's features. Each browser is different, so check the "Help" menu of your browser to learn how to change your cookie preferences.
During the course of any visit to a WCVA website, the pages you see, along with a cookie, are downloaded to your device. Many websites do this, because cookies enable website publishers to do useful things like find out whether the device (and probably its user) has visited the website before. This is done on a repeat visit by checking to see, and finding, the cookie left there on the last visit.

Below you will find information on what cookies may be set when you visit the www.wcva.org.uk website and how to reject or delete those cookies.

How to control and delete cookies

WCVA will not use cookies to collect personally identifiable information about you. However, if you wish to restrict or block the cookies which are set by WCVA websites, or indeed any other website, you can do this through your browser settings. The Help function within your browser should tell you how.  Alternatively, you may wish to visit www.aboutcookies.org which contains comprehensive information on how to do this on a wide variety of browsers. You will also find details on how to delete cookies from your computer as well as more general information about cookies. For information on how to do this on the browser of your mobile phone you will need to refer to your handset manual.
Please be aware that restricting cookies may impact on the functionality of the WCVA website. WCVA use a number of suppliers who also set cookies on our websites on our behalf in order to deliver the services that they are providing. If you would like more information about the cookies used by these suppliers, as well as information on how to opt-out, please see sections 3 below.

List of the main WCVA cookies

This is a list of the main cookies set by the www.wcva.org.uk website, and what each is used for. 

Name

About

Use

Expires

_utma

This is written the first time visitor visits the site. Updated with each visit.

Helps identify the unique visitors.

2 years from last update

_utmb

Session cookie that is update with each page view or event.

This cookie is used to establish and continue a user session with your site

30 mins after the last update/visitor inactivity

_utmz

This cookie stores the type of referral used by the visitor to reach the site. The cookie is updated with each page view.

It is used to calculate traffic drivers e.g. search engine traffic, ad campaigns and navigation within the site

6 months from set/update

_utmv

This cookie stores the custom variable information that you set in your code.

It is used to set and pass custom variable information to Google Analytics server.

2 years from set/update

_utmx

This is a Google Website Optimizer (GWO) cookie and won't show up if the site is not using GWO.

The cookie stores the variation a particular visitor is assigned to for each experiment, so that the visitor continues to see same variation in each his/her visit.

2 years from set/update

Third party cookies are also placed by Facebook and Twitter if you use social sharing.