Cookies on jisc.ac.uk
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Cookies to improve your experience
You can tell us to stop using these at any time by updating your settings above.
Measuring website usage (Google Analytics)
We use Google Analytics to collect information about how people use our site, and rough demographics as to what groups of people arenusing our site. We do this to make sure it’s meeting your needs and to understand how we could improve it. As well as controlling this above - you can opt out of Google Analytics tracking directly.
Google Analytics stores information about:
- The pages you visit
- How long you spend on each page
- How you got to the site
- What you click on while you're here
The following cookies are set by Google Analytics:
|_ga||This helps us count how many people visit the site by tracking if you've visited before||2 years|
|_utma||Like _ga, this lets us know if you’ve visited before, so we can count how many of our visitors are new to the site or to a certain page||2 years|
|_utmb||This works with _utmc to calculate the average length of time you spend on the site||30 minutes|
|_utmc||This works with _utmb to calculate when you close your browser||when you close your browser|
|_utmz||This tells us how you reached the site (like from another website or a search engine)||6 months|
|_gat_UA-376728-1||This is used by Google Analytics to ensure its work doesn't have a big impact on the site's performance||1 day|
Providing a personalised experience
We use Adobe Target to tailor the content you see. We do this to highlight information directly relevant to your institution or sector. We also use this to recommend content based on your activity elsewhere on the site.
Adobe Target stores information about:
- Your behaviour on the site
- Basic attributes about where you're visiting from (location, sector, institution)
The following cookie is set by Adobe Target:
|mbox||This helps us know what you look at on the site, and stores basic attributes about where you're visiting from||2 years|
Understanding our users' needs
We use Hotjar to better understand our users’ needs and optimise the experience of this website. It helps us understand users’ experiences (eg how much time they spend on which pages, which links they choose to click, what users do and don’t like, etc), which enables us to build and maintain our service with user feedback.
- A device's IP address (processed during your session and stored in a de-identified form)
- Device screen size
- Device type (unique device identifiers)
- Browser information
- Geographic location (country only)
- Preferred language used to display our website
Hotjar stores this information on our behalf in a pseudonymised user profile and is contractually forbidden to sell any data collected on our behalf.
The following cookies are set by Hotjar:
|_hjDonePolls||This is used to maire sure the same survey does not reappear if you've already filled it in.||1 year|
|_hjMinimizedPolls||This is used when you minimise a survey widget - it makes sure that this stays minimised as you navigate through the website.||1 year|
|_hjid||Set when a user first lands on a page with the Hotjar script. It's used to persist the Hotjar User ID, unique to that site on the browser. This ensures that behavior in subsequent visits to the same site will be attributed to the same user ID.||1 year|
|_hjTLDTest||When the Hotjar script executes, it tries to determine the most generic cookie path to use, instead of the page hostname. This is done so that cookies can be shared across subdomains (where applicable). To determine this, Hotjar tries to store the _hjTLDTest cookie for different URL substring alternatives until it fails. After this check, the cookie is removed.||when you close your browser|
|_hjCachedUserAttributes||This stores User Attributes which are sent through the Hotjar Identify API, whenever the user is not in the sample. Collected attributes will only be saved to Hotjar servers if the user interacts with a Hotjar Feedback tool, but the cookie will be used regardless of whether a Feedback tool is present.||when you close your browser|
|_hjLocalStorageTest||This is used to check if the Hotjar Tracking Script can use local storage. If it can, a value of 1 is set in this cookie and is deleted almost immediately after it is created.||under 100m/s|
|_hjIncludedInPageviewSample||This is set to let Hotjar know whether that user is included in the data sampling defined by your site's pageview limit.||30 minutes|
|_hjViewportId||This stores information about the user viewport such as size and dimensions.||when you close your browser|
The system that runs our website sets cookies to allow it to run smoothly.
|visitedPreviously||randomly generated number||60 days|
|ssess||Allow the page to provide you with content|
|adaptiveLibraryDefaultState||Used to remember your display preferences|
|jisc_eprivacy||Used to remember your privacy preferences||90 days|
|AWSALB||Used to make sure the website can cope with unexpected traffic||2 years|
|AWSALBCORS||Used to make sure the website can cope with unexpected traffic||2 years|
Logged in access
|_saml_idp||Allow our identity provider to recognise you||six months after last visiting the site|
|_shibsession_<number>||Allow the page to provide you with restricted content||when you close your browser|
|Used to improve the performance of the site for logged-in users||when you close your browser|
We've tried to replace all our embedded videos with cookie free versions. However, if you've seen embedded videos on our site in the past then these cookies may be on your system.
|VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE||This tries to estimate your bandwidth and deliver a video of appropriate quality||240 days|
|YSC||A unique identify given to a user on a site with videos||when you close your browser|
|GEUP||Allows Google to track viewers across sites that use YouTube videos||2 years|
|PREF||Allows Google to track viewers across sites that use YouTube videos||240 days|
|GPS||Allows basic tracking based on location on mobile devices (where permitted)||30 minutes|
NB: Cookie guidance wording adapted from gov.uk, shared under the Open Government License.
Last updated: 15 February 2023.
- 1 Please note, if you have used the site in the past these cookies may still be on your computer - but by disabling them in your settings we will no longer access them.