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For example, cookies can be used to:
There are different types of cookies, for example:
First party and third party cookies
First party cookies are set by the website you’re visiting. They send data only to the servers for that domain, and the data cannot be altered or retrieved by any other website. If a user visits a website and a separate company sets a cookie through that website, this is a third party cookie. Examples of third party cookies are those set by social networks.
Session and persistent cookies
Cookies can expire at the end of a browser session or they can be stored for longer. Session cookies are not stored long-term; they are set when you visit a website, and expire as soon as the browser is closed.
Persistent cookies are stored on your device in between browser sessions and allow preferences to be remembered. Persistent cookies are used for a variety of reasons including recording your preferred search results display. To find out more about cookies, visit AboutCookies.org or All About Cookies.
We use the following cookies on our site:
Cookies for Measuring Website Usage (Google Analytics)
We use Google Analytics to analyse how our visitors use this website, in order to improve your experience on the site.
Google Analytics uses only first-party cookies, which are available only to names.mimas.ac.uk and don’t reveal any personally identifiable information.
|Provider||Name (as of 26 May 2012)||Typical Content||Expires|
|_utma||Randomly generated number||2 Years|
|_utmb||Randomly generated number||30 Minutes|
|_utmc||Randomly generated number||When you close the browser|
|_utmx||Randomly generated number||2 Years|
|_utmxx||Randomly generated number||2 Years|
|_utmz||and information on how the site was reached (e.g. direct or via a link, organic search or paid search)||6 Months|
More information about Google Analytics cookies is available here: https://developers.google.com/analytics/resources/concepts/gaConceptsCookies