Privacy policy

Cookies

Cookies are small text files that are placed on your computer by websites that you visit. They are widely used in order to make websites work, or work more efficiently, as well as to provide information to the owners of the site.


Controlling and deleting cookies

Most web browsers allow some control of most cookies through the browser settings. To find out more about cookies, including how to see what cookies have been set and how to manage and delete them, visit http://www.aboutcookies.org which gives step-by-step guidance on how to control and delete cookies for your browser type. You can then adjust your browser settings to your preferred level of protection. www.allaboutcookies.org is also a useful website.


First Party Cookies

Cookies for managing your current visit

We use a number of cookies to remember your selections or preferences that you've made when looking at the information on this site.

The cookies (CFID and CFTOKEN) described below provide session functionality this is used by/for; member log in, page redirect after member logs in, store member details after logged in, store forum details, store event booking details, store course booking details, store shopping cart details, store blog details, store content management system edit mode details.

The session cookies (last five items listed) only apply if you have logged in to the website as a member.

Name Purpose Expire Content Classification
CFID Used to provide transaction support across multiple page requests commonly called a session Persistent (until user deletes it) A random generated number Strictly necessary, minimal intrusion
CFTOKEN Used to provide transaction support across multiple page requests commonly called a session Persistent (until user deletes it) A random generated alpha-numeric piece of text Strictly necessary, minimal intrusion
pixl8-font-size Stores preferred user font size 1 year Alpha-numeric Necessary to improve the user experience, minimal intrusion
pixl8-tab Stores the selected tab of user on front page 1 year Text Value Necessary to improve the user experience, minimal intrusion
membership_no (part1) One of two cookies which is used for single sign on for members only to other COO sites and applications Session cookie A numeric value Strictly necessary, minimal intrusion
individual_ref (part2) See above (part1) Session cookie A numeric value Strictly necessary, minimal intrusion
UserValidated Used by the Online services screens Session cookie encrypted strings Strictly necessary, minimal intrusion
UserCheckSum Used by the Online services screens Session cookie encrypted strings Strictly necessary, minimal intrusion
ASPSESSION Used by the Online services screens Session cookie encrypted strings Strictly necessary, minimal intrusion

 

Third Party Cookies

Google Analytics

We use Google Analytics to better understand how our customers navigate to and through our websites, how long customers spend visiting our content items and how often they return to visit our websites. Google Analytics also helps us track the effectiveness of the money we spend on our digital marketing campaigns. To opt out of being tracked by Google Analytics across all websites visit http://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout.

Name Purpose Expire Content Classification
_utma Google analytics 2 years A random generated number (Non personal data) Necessary to improve the user experience, minimal intrusion
_utmb Google analytics 30 minutes A random generated number (Non personal data) Necessary to improve the user experience, minimal intrusion
_utmc Google analytics Session cookie A random generated number (Non personal data) Necessary to improve the user experience, minimal intrusion
_utmz Google analytics 6 months A randomly generated number and information on how the site was reached (e.g. direct or via a link, organic search or paid search) Necessary to improve the user experience, minimal intrusion

 

Add This

Add This provides the social networking widget found in many of our pages. This widget gives you the tools to bookmark our websites, blog, share, tweet and email our content to a friend.

Name Purpose Expire Content Classification
Uit AddThis 2 years Numeric Value Necessary to improve the user experience, moderate intrusion
loc AddThis 3 months A randomly generated alpha-numericpiece of text Necessary to improve the user experience, moderate intrusion
dt AddThis 1 month Text value Necessary to improve the user experience, moderate intrusion
di AddThis 2 years A randomly generated number Necessary to improve the user experience, moderate intrusion
Uid AddThis 2 years A randomly generated alpha-numeric piece of text Necessary to improve the user experience, moderate intrusion
Uvc AddThis 2 years A randomly generated number (non personal data) Necessary to improve the user experience, moderate intrusion
Psc AddThis 2 years Numeric value Necessary to improve the user experience, moderate intrusion
ssh AddThis 2 years A randomly generated alpha-numeric piece of text Necessary to improve the user experience, moderate intrusion
Sshs AddThis 2 years Text value Necessary to improve the user experience, moderate intrusion
Ssc AddThis 2 years Text value Necessary to improve the user experience, moderate intrusion
__atuvc AddThis 2 years Numberic value Necessary to improve the user experience, moderate intrusion

 

Video Cloud Player Analytics Cookies (Brightcove)


If you play one of the College videos the following cookies will be installed.

Name Purpose Expire Content Classification
BC_BANDWIDTH Detects initial bandwidth capability for progressive download deliveries Session cookie Numeric value Minimal intrusion
clientLastHTimes Stores the epoch times of the Heartbeat beacon Session cookie Numeric value Minimal intrusion
clientLastPTimes Stores the epoch times of the Play beacon Session cookie Numeric value Minimal intrusion
AkamaiAnalytics_BrowserSessionId Stores the ID for a visit Session cookie Numeric value Minimal intrusion
AkamaiAnalyticsDO_visitStartTime Stores visit start time Session cookie Numeric value Minimal intrusion
AkamaiAnalytics_VisitCookie Stores information about the number of tabs
currently open
Session cookie Numeric value Minimal intrusion
AkamaiAnalytics_VisitIsPlaying Stores information about streams playing in any tabs
Session cookie
Numeric value Minimal intrusion
AkamaiAnalyticsDO_bitRateBucketsCsv Stores required information to compute bitrate data for the visit Session cookie Numeric value Minimal intrusion
AkamaiAnalyticsDO_visitMetricsCs Stores visit-related metrics as a CSV Session cookie Numeric value Minimal intrusion
AkamaiAnalytics_VisitLastCloseTime Stores the time when the browser was last closed Session cookie Numeric value Minimal intrusion
tubemogul.com   _tmid Identifies unique viewers and new viewers
10 year Numeric value Minimal intrusion

 

Google Maps
 

Name Purpose Expire Content Classification
Nid Used by Google maps to store user preferences and information when viewing pages 6 months Alphanumeric piece of text Non intrusive
Pref Used by Google maps to store user preferences and information when viewing pages 1 year Alphanumeric piece of text Non intrusive



 

The College of Optometrists
42 Craven Street
London WC2N 5NG

Telephone: + 44(0) 20 7839 6000
Fax: + 44 (0) 20 7839 6800