Cookies - How we use them

All websites use cookies in one way or another. We believe in a lite touch, but there will always be some cookies that get loaded to your browser. Read below for the details.

What is a cookie?

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.

How we use cookies

We use cookies to for some advanced functionality in the site. We also use cookies via Google Analytics and Google Maps in order to track the usage of our site and to provide a better user experience. It is an important aid in improving and maintaining our website. When someone visits our website we collect standard internet log information and details of visitor behaviour patterns. We do this to find out things such as the number of visitors to the various parts of the site and this information is collected in a way that does not identify individuals. We do not associate any data gathered from this site with any personally identifying information from any source.

Where personal information is required (for registration purposes etc), we will make it clear when we collect it, we will explain what we intend to do with it and you have the option to not supply it.If you do not wish to use cookies then please disable them using your browser settings.

Cookies used by this website

Cookies, whether session or persistent, are also described as first-party or third-party cookies. Cookies relating to content coming from the page’s primary server are first party cookies and where the web page’s content does not come from the page's primary server they are referred to as third-party cookies.

Listed here are all the cookies that we use to manage website delivery to your browser:

  • Google Analytics cookies
  • Youtube/Vimeo cookies
  • Talenthouse contest

Google Analytics cookies

Google Analytics uses cookies to define user sessions as well as to provide a number of key features in the Google Analytics reports. Google Analytics sets or updates cookies only to collect data required for the reports and cookies set by Google Analytics for this website and only send data to our servers, effectively making these cookies the personal property of our website domain. The data cannot be altered or retrieved by any service on any other domain. All have a medium level of privacy tracking.

__utma: This Cookie is used to identify unique visitors to our sites. The results are sent to our Google Analytics account so that we may see how many unique visitors come to this site based over a period of time. This is a persistent cookie and expires in 2 years.

__utmb: This cookie is used by Google Analytics to determine the visitor session times on our sites. Each time you visit a new page on the site the cookie is set to expire within 30 minutes, if it does not find an existing cookie, a new one is created.

__utmc: This cookie is used by Google Analytics in conjunction with __utmb to determine visitor sessions. Unlike __utmb this cookie does not have an expiry date, it determines whether a new session should be created based on whether you have previously closed your browser, re-opened it and come back to the site. As a Session cookie, it runs just for that visit.

__utmz: This cookie is used by Google Analytics to determine the type of referral used by each visitor to arrive at our site. The cookie determines if the user has come directly to the site or via a search engine, email or email campaign. We use this data to understand how our users arrive at the website. It is a persistent cookie and expires in 6 months.

For further information - How Google Analytics uses cookies

Youtube/Vimeo Cookies

VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE: This cookie is designed to render the Youtube video is a certain style. It is not designed to retain user information. Expires in 9 months.

PREF: This cookie tracks visitors in order to follow their usage habits as an aid to future search disambiguation. The cookie retains search and view data, typically time and date of a particular search, the search term and the views selected. However the originating IP address may be tracked by the web server if the user has opted not to accept tracking cookies. The PREF cookie expires 10 years after your last visit. More information on disabling cookies can be found on About Cookies