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 website that recognises that cookie.

Cookies are useful because they allow a website to recognise a user’s device. Cookies do lots of different jobs, like letting you navigate between pages efficiently, remembering your preferences, and generally improve the user experience. They can also help to ensure that adverts you see online are more relevant to you and your interests.

We do not use cookies to store financial information.

Why do we use cookies?

We use cookies to let you do things on our website and to understand how our visitors use our website.

We use cookies to improve your experience of using our website as it tracks your browsing behaviour to enable us to deliver a more personalised online experience.

Cookies enable us to collect anonymous statics, for example the number of people visiting our site and which pages are the most popular to allow us to improve the user experience.

We use cookies to improve the sharing process between our site and social media feeds, for example Twitter or Facebook. They also enable us to show relevant advertising when you visit other sites than ours.

Cookies also enable us to measure how cost-effective our advertising is, to ensure we are doing more of the right things. Cookies are used to help us see how many people who click our adverts go on to do something further (for example, donating, signing a petition or becoming a member). These cookies expire after 30 days of inactivity and do not contain information that can personally identify you.

What information do we collect using cookies?

Examples of ways we may use cookies to record information include:

  • Areas of the website you visit and engage with and the amount of time you spend on the website
  • Whether you have visited our website before
  • The country, region, city associated with your IP address or device
  • How you came to our website
  • The types of device and browser you use
  • Any error messages you receive on our site

Types of cookies

There are two types of cookies; first party and third-party cookies. First party cookies are set up by us. Third party cookies are set by service providers on our behalf in order to provide a service to you. We may collect some or all the information available from cookies when you visit our website, depending on how you are using it.

The cookies set by Facebook (including when you visit our page on Facebook) are first party cookies, which means they are set by Facebook and if you use Facebook you should visit their cookie policy on how to manage your preferences.

Cookies can be further categorised as session cookies and persistent cookies. Cookies that expire at the end of a browser session (when a user exits their browser) are called session cookies. Cookies can that can be stored for longer are called persistent cookies.

Session cookies allow websites to recognise and link the actions of a user during a browser session. Persistent cookies are stored on a user’s device in-between sessions and they can allow the preferences or actions of the users across a site (or different sites) to be remembered. Persistent cookies are used to remember a users’ preferences and choices when using a site or to target advertising.

Categories of cookies we use

Strictly necessary cookies

These cookies are essential in order to enable you to move around our website and use its features. Without these cookies, services you have asked for, like shopping baskets or e-billing, cannot be provided. You can set your browser to block these, but some parts of our site will not work as you would expect. These cookies do not store any information that could identify you and are usually only set in response to an action (filling in a form).

Strictly necessary cookies
Cookie Name Used by Description Expiration
_cfduid Cloudflare Used by the content network, Cloudflare, to identify trusted web traffic. It does not contain any personal information. 1 year
TiPMix Azure Used by Azure when determining which web server they should be directed to
idsrv Identity Server framework Used by Identity Server framework to authenticate user via cookie when logging into our Platform
idsrv.session Identity Server framework Used by Identity Server framework to ensure a user's session has not changed when logging into our Platform
TempMember Website Set when a user first signs up for our site, but does not verify their account via email. It's used to associate the user's actions with the new user account.
cookieconsent­_status Website Used to remember if the user has accepted our cookie policy
tid Website Used by the Platform to store user session data. This includes antiforgery tokens and shopping basket data
AspNetCore.­Antiforgery.­XXXXXX Identity Server framework Built in ASP.NET secrity feature. Used to prevent Cross-Site Request Forgery attacks against our sites
ASP.NET­_SessionId Website Used for authenticating a user's session after logging in. Closes when the user exits the browser. It does not contain any personal information. End of session
ARRAffinity Website Tells our infrastructure which server to handle the request. It does not contain any personal information and is used only for analytical purposes. End of session
Member­LoggedIn Website A binary flag which stores whether a user is logged in or not. It does not contain any personal information. End of session
_stripe_sid Stripe Used by our payment provider, Stripe, in order to process payments on checkout. End of session
_stripe_mid Stripe Used by our payment provider, Stripe, in order to process payments on checkout. 1 year
nsr Stripe Used by our payment provider, Stripe, in order to process payments on checkout. End of session

Performance cookies

These cookies provide enhanced functionality. They may be set by us or third-party providers whose services we have added to our pages. If you do not allow these cookies, then some or all of these services may not function properly.

Performance cookies
Cookie Name Used by Description Expiration
@@History/­@@scroll|# Website Used by AppInsights to allow for monitoring of the platform database. It does not contain any personal information and is used only for analytical purposes. End of session
_ga and _gid Google Analytics Used to distinguish between website users in Google Analytics. 2 years
_gat Google Analytics Used to moderate calls to the Google Analytics service. It does not contain any personal information and is used only for analytical purposes. End of session
p.gif Typekit Used by the font provider, Typekit, if you are using one of their fonts. Used for compliance and billing purposes only. It does not contain any personal information. End of session
__utmz Google Analytics This performance cookie stores where a user came from (eg. search engine, search keyword, link). It does not contain any personal information and is used only for analytical purposes. 6 months
cc_cookie­_accept Website Stores whether the user has accepted the cookie message or not. It does not contain any personal information and is used only for analytical purposes. 365 days
JSESSIONID Engaging Networks Standard session cookie created by Java application servers, used to serve the pages on the browser. End of session
en_sessionId Engaging Networks Used to keep track of page sessions across the cluster. Sessions can contain form data, page state, query parameters, and authentication information. End of session
en_cartId Engaging Networks E-commerce pages only. This cookie helps in keeping track of the supporter’s cart items as they move around the site. End of session

Personalisation cookies

These cookies allow us to count web site visits and traffic sources so we can measure and improve our website performance to make it better for you. They help us understand which pages are the most and least popular, see how visitors move around the site and measure the impact of our digital marketing. These cookies do not identify you as an individual, just the computer used in order to make using our website easier and more relevant for you next time you visit. If you do not allow these cookies, we will not know you have visited (or how you reached us).

Personalisation cookies
Cookie Name Used by Description Expiration
ai_session and ai_user Website Tracks users as they navigate the website predominately for infrastructure performance insights. It does not contain any personal information. End of session
__utma Google Analytics Stores the amount of visits of a user, the time of their first visit, the previous visit, and the current visit. It does not contain any personal information and is used only for analytical purposes. 2 years
__unam ShareThis Set as part of the ShareThis service and monitors "click-stream" activity, e.g. web pages viewed, navigation from page to page, time spent on each page etc. The ShareThis service only identifies a user if they have separately signed up with ShareThis for a ShareThis account and given them consent. Checks how long a user stays on a site: when a visit starts, and ends. It does not contain any personal information and is used only for analytical purposes. 14 months

Targeting cookies

We use “targeting cookies” to help tailor advertising we think may be of interest to you in order to help raise awareness and funds to support our work protecting wildlife.

They are used by our advertising partners (eg. Facebook) to collect information about how you use our website and show you associated adverts on other sites. This information may be used by those companies to build a profile of your interests and show you relevant adverts on their websites. No directly identifiable personal information is shared with our advertising partners, (eg: email address) but information that uniquely identifies your browser and internet device will be shared. If you do not allow these cookies you will experience less targeted advertising. You may still see our adverts but these will not be connected to your previous activity on our website.

Targeting cookies
Cookie Name Used by Description Expiration
NID Google Registers a unique ID that identifies a returning user's device. Can be used for targeted ads. It does not contain any personal information. 6 months
collect Google Analytics Used to send data to Google Analytics a user's device and behaviour. It does not contain any personal information. End of session
r/collect Doubeclick.net These cookies are managed by DoubleClick, an advertising platform we use to display adverts. End of session
IDE, DSID, _ct_rmm Doubleclick.net These cookies are managed by DoubleClick, an advertising platform we use to display adverts. 2 years
DisplayName Website Keeps track of a donor’s preference to show their name during a Direct Debit. End of session
VISITOR_­INFO1_LIVE Youtube Used by Youtube if you've embedded a Youtube video in your posts. Tries to estimate a user's bandwidth on pages with integrated Youtube videos. It does not contain any personal information. 179 days
YSC Youtube Used by Youtube if you've embedded a Youtube video in your posts. Registers a unique ID to keep statistics of what videos from Youtube a user has seen. It does not contain any personal information End of session

Other tracking methods

We add an invisible tracking image inside broadcast emails, which is used to determine whether a supporter opens an email.

Website cookie acceptance

By using our website, you consent to our use of cookies as updated from time to time and the cookies we use will be stored on your device (unless rejected or disabled by your browser).

We have a visible banner on our website to remind users that by using the website they consent to our use of cookies. Internet browsers normally accept cookies by default. However, it is possible to set an internet browser to reject cookies.

If you do not accept our use of cookies as set out in this Policy, please set your internet browser to reject cookies. This may impair your ability to use our website.

We may update our cookies from time to time and this Policy, so please check this Policy regularly.

For more information about the cookies this website uses, please contact the League Against Cruel Sports, New Sparling House, Holloway Hill, Godalming, GU7 1QZ. Telephone: 01483 524 250. Email: [email protected]

More general information on cookies is available at www.allaboutcookies.org