Cookies help us arrange our website content to match your preferred interests more quickly. They also allow us to deliver the full features of our website. From time to time we will set cookies on your computer, with your consent (if required). A table in the section below explains the cookies we use and why.
While we recognise that IP addresses can be used to identify individuals, The Paul Mellon Centre will not associate your IP address and data about your use of our website with any other information held by the Centre that can specifically identify you unless required to do so by law.
Like many organisations, the Paul Mellon Centre operates a number of online platforms. Our principal web domain is http://www.paul-mellon-centre.ac.uk. Additional domains, to which this policy also applies, include:
Our cookies and what they do
Third Party Cookies
During your visits to online platforms operated by the Paul Mellon Centre you may be delivered cookies by third-party websites. When you visit a page with content embedded from, for example, Facebook, Vimeo, Twitter, YouTube, Google Maps or Flickr, you may be presented with cookies from these websites. The Paul Mellon Centre does not control the dissemination of these cookies. You should check the third-party websites for more information about these. You can also go to http://www.youronlinechoices.com/uk/ to find out more about third-party advertising cookies.
Website Behaviour tracking cookies
The Paul Mellon Centre will use the information collected using Google Analytics to monitor the effectiveness of its content.
Cookies in use:
|Third party: Google Analytics
||_ga||Non-essential: behaviour tracking||Persistent: 2 years from when
||Used to distinguish users|
|_gat||Non-essential: behaviour tracking||Session: 1 minute||Used to throttle request rate|
|_gid||Non-essential: behaviour tracking||Session: 24 hours||Used to distinguish users|
|__utma||Non-essential: behaviour tracking||Persistent: 2 years from when
|__utmt||Non-essential: behaviour tracking||Session: 10 minutes||Used to throttle request rate.|
|__utmb||Non-essential: behaviour tracking||Session: 30 minutes from when
|__utmc||Non-essential: behaviour tracking||Persistent: 6 months from when
||Not used in ga.js. Set for interoperability with urchin.js. Historically, this cookie operated in conjunction with the __utmb cookie to determine whether the user was in a new session/visit.|
|__utmz||Non-essential: behaviour tracking||Persistent: 6 months from when
|__utmv||Non-essential: behaviour tracking||Persistent: 2 years from when
||Used to store visitor-level custom variable data. The cookie is updated every time data is sent to Google Analytics.|
|Third party: AddThis||__atuvc||Non-essential: targeting and behaviour tracking||Persistent: 2 years from when
|__atuvs||Non-essential: targeting and behaviour tracking||Session: 30 minutes from when
||Created and read by the AddThis social sharing site in order to make sure you see the updated count if you share a page and return to it before our share count cache is updated.|
|uvc||Non-essential: targeting and behaviour tracking||Persistent: 2 years from when
Created and read by the AddThis social sharing site in order to collect some information such as which web page you came from, which type of browser you are using, and your general geographic location.
|Third party: YouTube||use_hitbox||Non-essential: behaviour tracking||Session: 30 minutes from when
||We embed videos from our official YouTube channel using YouTube’s privacy-enhanced mode. This mode may set cookies on your computer once you click on the YouTube video player, but YouTube will not store personally-identifiable cookie information for playbacks of embedded videos using the privacy-enhanced mode.|
|PREF||Non-essential: behaviour tracking||Persistent: 8 months|
|VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE||Non-essential: behaviour tracking||Persistent: 8 months|
|YSC||Non-essential: behaviour tracking||Session:30 minutes from when set or last updated.|
How to opt out and control your cookies
If you are not happy for us to set cookies on your computer, there are a number of things you can do:
- Most web browsers (e.g. Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer etc.) allow some control of most cookies through the browser settings. You can set your web browser to reject all cookies; allow only 'trusted' sites to set
them;or to accept cookies from websites only for the duration of your visit. Your browser's 'Help' option will tell you how. However, please be aware that if you choose to delete or restrict cookies, some features of our website may not work.
- You can also visit the AboutCookies website, for more information about cookies and how to manage them.
- To opt-out of cookies used by Google Analytics, inform Google of your preferences here: https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout
- 'Your Online Choices' operates a service that can help you to manage your online behavioural advertising preferences: http://www.youronlinechoices.com/uk/
Responsibilities & Queries
When we make changes to this policy, the changes will be highlighted on the top of this page for one month before going into effect. The highlights will then remain on top of the page for three months to keep you informed of the change.
Date of Approval
Approved by the Digital Manager on 6 July 2018.
Last Revision: April 2019.