About cookies

Cookies are information packets sent by web servers to web browsers, and stored by the web browsers. The information is then sent back to the server each time the browser requests a page from the server. This enables a web server to identify and track web browsers. There are two main kinds of cookies: session cookies and persistent cookies. Session cookies are deleted from your computer when you close your browser, whereas persistent cookies remain stored on your computer until deleted, or until they reach their expiry date.

The two types of cookies

Cookies can be classified as either ‘essential’ or ‘non-essential’.

Essential cookies: these are cookies that are either:

  • used solely to carry out or facilitate the transmission of communications over a network; or
  • strictly necessary to provide an online service (e.g. our website or a service on our website) which you have requested.

Non-essential cookies: these are any cookies that do not fall within the definition of essential cookies, such as cookies used to analyse your behaviour on a website (‘analytical’ cookies) or cookies used to display advertisements to you (‘advertising’ cookies).

Session and Persistent Cookies

Cookies can be classified as either ‘session’ or ‘persistent’, depending on how long they last after they are placed on your browser.

Session cookies: session cookies last for as long as you keep your browser open. They expire when you close your browser.

Persistent cookies: persistent cookies expire at a fixed point in time or if you manually delete them from your browser, whichever occurs first.

First and third party cookies

Cookies can be classified as ‘first party’ or ‘third party’.

First party cookies: these are cookies placed on your device by our website domain.

Third party cookies: these are cookies placed on your device by third party website domains.

Cookies used on our website

Throughout our website we use the following cookies:

NameTypeFirst or third partySession or persistentUsage
ElfsightAppCore.storageTest Essential Third party Persistent Technical cookie. Used to implement third-party widgets on to the website.
hex (32) Essential First party Session Used to manage server calls to the website's backend systems.
lang Non-essential First party Session Remembers the user's selected language version of a website.
_gat Non-essential (functional) First party Persistent (1 day) Google Analytics cookie used to throttles number of website requests received from users
_gid Non-essential (analytical) First party Persistent (1 day) Google Analytics cookie used to distinguish users on a website to generate statistical information about their use of the website
_ga Non-essential First party Persistent (2 years) Used to distinguish users. Registers a unique ID that is used to generate statistical data on how the visitor uses the website.
AnalyticsSyncHistory Non-essential Third party Persistent (29 days) Used by linkedin. Used in connection with data-synchronisation with third-party analysis service.
_phfp_client_id Non-essential Third party Persistent (1 day) Used to implement social platforms on the website. Enables the social platforms to track the users by assigning them a specific ID.
bcookie Non-essential Third party Persistent (2 years) Used by the social networking service, LinkedIn , for tracking the use of embedded services.
bscookie Non-essential First party Persistent (2 years) Used by the social networking service, LinkedIn , for tracking the use of embedded services.
lang Non-essential Third party Session Set by LinkedIn when a web page contains an embedded "Follow us" panel.
lidc Non-essential First party Persistent (1 day) Used by the social networking service, LinkedIn, for tracking the use of embedded services.
UserMatchHistory Non-essential First party Persistent (29 days) Used to track visitors on multiple websites, in order to present relevant advertisement based on the visitor's preferences.

How to refuse cookies

Most browsers allow you to refuse to accept cookies.

In Internet Explorer, you can refuse all cookies by clicking “Tools”, “Internet Options”, “Privacy”, and selecting “Block all cookies” using the sliding selector.

In Firefox, you can adjust your cookies settings by clicking “Tools”, “Options” and “Privacy”.

Blocking cookies will have a negative impact upon the usability of some websites.