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Cookie Policy

Introduction

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.

Definitions

Cookies

Information about your IP address and use of our website is collected through the use of 'cookies', which are text files placed on your computer, to evaluate usage patterns so that we can improve both the content and distribution of our website. You may refuse the use of cookies by selecting the appropriate settings on your browser, however, doing so may prevent you from using the full functionality of all of our websites. The information we collect is based on IP address, which is the location of a computer or network, and is not linked to your specific email address in any of the reports or other material compiled by Paul Mellon Centre.

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.

Online Platforms

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

Online platforms operated by the Paul Mellon Centre make use of Google Analytics, a web data service provided by Google, Inc. Google Analytics uses cookies to help us analyse how users use our sites. The information generated by the cookie about your use of the website includes your IP address. This information will be transmitted to and stored by Google on its servers. Google will use this information for the purpose of evaluating your use of the website, compiling reports on website activity and providing other services relating to Internet usage. Google may also transfer this information to third parties where required to do so by law, or where such third parties process the information on Google's behalf.

The Paul Mellon Centre will use the information collected using Google Analytics to monitor the effectiveness of its content.

Please refer to Google Analytics terms of use and Google's privacy practices for further informaiton.

Cookies in use:

Type

Cookie Name

Impact

Duration

Description

Third party: Google Analytics

_ga Non-essential: behaviour tracking Persistent: 2 years from when set or last updated. 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 set or last updated. Used to distinguish users and sessions. The cookie is created when the javascript library executes and no existing __utma cookies exists. The cookie is updated every time data is sent to Google Analytics.
__utmt Non-essential: behaviour tracking Session: 10 minutes Used to throttle request rate.
__utmb Non-essential: behaviour tracking Session: 30 minutes from when set or last updated. Used to determine new sessions/visits. The cookie is created when the javascript library executes and no existing __utmb cookies exists. The cookie is updated every time data is sent to Google Analytics
__utmc Non-essential: behaviour tracking Persistent: 6 months from when set or last updated. 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 set or last updated. Stores the traffic source or campaign that explains how the user reached your site. The cookie is created when the javascript library executes and is updated every time data is sent to Google Analytics.
__utmv Non-essential: behaviour tracking Persistent: 2 years from when set or last updated. 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 set or last updated.

Created and read by the AddThis social sharing site JavaScript on the client side in order to make sure the user sees the updated count if they share a page and return to it before our share count cache is updated. No data from that cookie is sent back to AddThis and removing it when disabling cookies would cause unexpected behaviour for users.

__atuvs Non-essential: targeting and behaviour tracking Session: 30 minutes from when set or last updated. 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 set or last updated.

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 set or last updated. 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

The Digital Manager is responsible for overseeing online platforms operated by the Paul Mellon Centre, and for ensuring that this policy reflects the organisation's use of cookies. If you have any questions about this cookie policy or the practices of this website, you can contact webmaster@paul-mellon-centre.ac.uk. The Digital Manager will endeavour to address your concerns within 10 working days of receipt.

Review

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.

Updates

 

Last Revision: April 2019.