Our goal is always to ensure our site is easy and reliable to use - and this sometimes involves placing small amounts of information on your device, for example, computer or mobile phone.

These small files are known as cookies. They cannot be used to identify you personally.

The cookies we place on your device are used on this site in the following ways:

First party cookies

These are our own cookies which are controlled by us. These cookies are to enhance the user functionality and experience of the website.

See the table below for more details on these: 

Site Cookie name What does it do?
carers.org, space.carers.org SESS This is a session cookie, used to track logged-in status. The cookie name is usually suffixed with a random ID. Eg. SSESS1234z

Third party cookies

The other type of cookies we use are placed by parties other than our own. For example, Google Analytics cookies enable us to track user activity on the site and collect information about how visitors use our site.

Or cookies may be used by other websites to track when users visit their services via Carers.org. The following table explains these in more detail:

Site Cookie name What does it do?
google.co.uk _utma _utmb _utmc _utmt _utmz Google Analytics cookies. We use analytics software to evaluate user activity on the site. Anonymised information on links, buttons clicked on the site, what pages have been visited and for how long is compiled by Google Analytics and used to help us improve our site and content.
google.co.uk _gat analytics-id used to throttle the request rate (does not contain user specific data)
google.co.uk _ga used to distinguish users (anonymously)
cometchat.com cc_data anonymous user id used to permit instant chat
cometchat.com cc_loggedin used to track whether a user is logged in to enable instant chat
drupal.org, discourse.org _t token used to identify the user between main website and discourse forum
drupal.org, discourse.org _forum_session set to track logged-in status for the online community (space.carers.org)
drupal.org has_js indicates whether javascript is enabled in the browser

Need to know more about cookies?

More information about cookies, can be found on the following websites:

Google

http://www.google.com/intl/en/privacypolicy.html

How to disable cookies

To disable cookies on your browser please follow one of the below links.

Internet Explorer

https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/17442/windows-internet-explorer-delete-manage-cookies

Chrome

https://support.google.com/chrome/answer/95647?co=GENIE.Platform%3DDesktop&hl=en-GB

Firefox

https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/delete-cookies-remove-info-websites-stored

Safari

https://support.apple.com/kb/ph19214?locale=en_GB

Opera

http://www.opera.com/help/tutorials/security/privacy/