Cookies

Cookies help us to provide you with a good online experience when you browse this website and allow you to make full use of the online shopping and personalised features we have available. We do not use cookies to collect or record information such as your name, address or payment details.
Updated as of: 12/04/18

University of Plymouth Students’ Union (“we”, “our” or “us”) use cookies on our websites to distinguish you from other users. This statement explains how we use cookies when you visit our website and online applications (our “Sites”). This helps us to provide you with a good experience when you browse our websites and also allows us to improve our websites.

By law, website operators are required to ask for a website user’s permission when placing certain kinds of cookie on their devices for the first time. Where consent is required, the law states that it should be “informed consent”, which means we must ensure that you understand what cookies are and why we want to use them. We are committed to providing the best digital service to you whilst at the same time fully protecting your privacy.

What are cookies

Cookies are text files containing small amounts of information, which are downloaded to your device when you visit a website. Cookies are then sent back to the originating website on each subsequent visit, or to another websites that recognises that cookie. Cookies are useful because they allow a website to recognise a user’s device. Cookies do many different jobs, like letting you navigate between pages efficiently, remembering your preferences, and generally improving your user experience. They can also help to ensure that adverts you see online are more relevant to you and your interests.

How can I prevent cookies being used

How we use cookies

We use cookies on all of our Sites. However, we do not collect or store personal data via the cookies used on any of our Sites. When someone visits one of our Sites we collect standard internet log information. We do this to find out things such as the number of visitors to the various parts of our Sites. We collect this information in a way which does not individually identify you. If, in the future, we decide that we do want to collect personally identifiable information by using cookies, on any of our Sites, we will be up front about this. We will make it clear when we will collect such personal information, how we will collect it and what we intend to do with it.

First Party Website Cookies

Type Description Expiry
ASPXAUTH When you are logged in, this cookie stores a value which identifies you to the site. This value is encrypted and can only be read by the server. If you use the Remember Me function this cookie remains on your computer for 3 months, otherwise it is removed when you log out of the site. 3 months
ASP.NET_SessionID Stores a temporary unique identifier for your session no other information is stored. Expires on exit of browser
cookieconsent_status Created by the Cookie Consent widget and enables you to accept our cookie statement once every year. 1 year
Third Party Analytics Cookies

Google Analytics has been assessed as posing a very low intrusiveness level to you however Google has produced a plugin for browsers that helps you to opt out of this form of analytics if you do not wish us to use it. Find out more: About the opt out tool and About Google's privacy policy.

Type Description Expiry
_ga Created by Google Analytics and is used to distinguish users. 2 Years
_gat Used to throttle request rate. 1 minute
_gid Used to distinguish users. 24 hours
Third Party Cookie Indentities

Our website makes use of third party widgets, plugins and resources. This includes, but not limited to:

Identity Description Use
addthis http://www.addthis.com/privacy multi channel sharing platform for our news, events and some specific webpages
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/policies/cookies/ on page widgets and buttons.
Twitter https://help.twitter.com/en/rules-and-policies/twitter-cookies on page widgets and buttons.
Youtube https://policies.google.com/technologies/types - for more information. on page iframes and embedding of videos plus buttons.

Because of how cookies work, we do not have access to these cookies, nor can they access cookies that we use. Due to the nature of third party plugins, we are unable to document what cookies will be stored. It is up to the user to check what cookies will be stored. We are not responsible for third party cookies, all we can do is make them aware to you