When CITB provides Internet based services, we want to make them accessible, valuable, and reliable. This sometimes involves placing small amounts of information on your device (e.g. your computer, mobile phone). These small files, known as cookies, are not used to identify you personally but to improve our services by, for example:
- enabling a service to recognise your device so you don’t have to give the same information several times during one task
- recognising that you may already have given a username and password so you don’t need to do it for every web page requested
- measuring how many people are using services, so they can be made easier to use and there’s enough capacity to ensure they are fast
You can learn more about how to manage these small files yourself on this page:
Internet browser cookies – what they are and how to manage them
There are two types of cookie you may encounter when using websites provided by CITB:
1. First party cookies
These are controlled by us and used to provide information about usage of our websites. They include:
Cookie name: s1 - an independent measurement and research company that gathers visitor activity data.
2. Third party cookies
These are other companies’ internet tools which we use to enhance our websites (e.g. YouTube). They include:
Cookie name: datr lu - Facebook Social Plugin – embedding Facebook content.
Cookie name: __utma - This cookie is used to determine unique visitors
Cookie names: __utmb and __utmc - These cookies calculate the average length of time users spend.
Cookie name: __utmz - This cookie records information about how the page was reached (referal source).
Cookie name: __utmmobile - This cookie is used to determine unique visitors to our site.
Cookie name: NNID PREF - used by Google Maps.
Cookie names: guest_id, _twitter_sess, original_referrer - social network.
Cookie name: VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE, PREF, GEO - part of the YouTube video service.