Cookies

We may use information obtained from cookies or similar technology.

What are cookies?

Cookies are text files containing small amounts of information which we download onto your computer or device when you visit our website. We can recognise these cookies on subsequent visits and they allow us to remember you. Cookies come in many forms and we provide you with further details below regarding the types and categories of cookies that are used generally and on this site

First and third-party cookies – whether a cookie is first-party or third-party refers to the domain placing the cookie. First-party cookies are those set by a website that is being visited by the user, the website displayed in the URL window e.g. https://twiplomacy.com. Third-Party cookies are cookies that are set by a domain other than that of the website being visited by the user. If a user visits a website and another entity sets a cookie through that website this would be a third-party cookie.

Persistent cookies – these cookies remain on a user’s device for the period of time specified in the cookie. They are activated each time that the user visits the website that created that particular cookie.

Session cookie – these cookies allow website operators to link the actions of a user during a browser session. A browser session starts when a user opens the browser window and finishes when they close the browser window. Session cookies are created temporarily. Once you close the browser, all session cookies are deleted.

What do we use cookies for?

Cookies fall into one or more of the categories set out below. This website uses, from time to time, cookies that fall into all the categories. Also we use data from targeting cookies placed on your computer by third parties when you have visited other websites.

  1. Strictly necessary cookies – These cookies enable services you have specifically asked for.
    These cookies are essential in order to enable you to move around the website and use its features, such as accessing secure areas of the website. Without these cookies certain services you have asked for cannot be provided.
  2. Performance cookies – These cookies collect information on the pages visited.
    These cookies collect information about how users use a website, for instance which pages users go to most often, and if they get error messages from web pages. These cookies don’t collect information that identifies a visitor. All information these cookies collect is aggregated and therefore anonymous. They are only used to improve how the website works. Such cookies may include third party cookies provided by Google and Yahoo analytics.
  3. Functionality cookies – These cookies remember choices you make to improve your experience.
    These cookies allow the website to remember choices you make and provide enhanced, more personal features. They may also be used to help provide services you have asked for such as watching a video or commenting on a blog. The information these cookies collect may be anonymised and they cannot track your browsing activity to other websites.
  4. Targeting cookies or advertising cookies – these cookies collect information about your browsing habits in order to make advertising relevant to you and your interests.
    These cookies are used to deliver adverts more relevant to you and your interests. They are also used to limit the number of times you see an advertisement as well as help measure the effectiveness of the advertising campaign. They are usually placed by advertising networks with the website operator’s permission. They remember that you have visited a website and this information is shared with other organisation such as advertisers. Quite often targeting or advertising cookies will be linked to site functionality provided by the other organisation.

How can I delete cookies?

If you want to delete any cookies that may already be on your computer or device, please refer to the instructions for your file management software to locate the file or directory that stores cookies. If you want to stop cookies being stored on your computer in future, please refer to your browser manufacturer’s instructions by clicking “Help” in your browser menu. Further information on cookies is available at www.allaboutcookies.org and www.youronlinechoices.com. By deleting our cookies or disabling future cookies you may not be able to access certain areas or features of our website.

Third Party Websites

Our website may contain links to third party websites, tools for social media sites (such as a “Like” or “Share” button) and similar third party platform operators which we do not operate or endorse. We have no control over and are not responsible for the content of those sites or how the third parties responsible for them collect and use your personal information. These sites may use cookies and collect your personal information in accordance with their own privacy policies. This privacy notice does not apply to third party websites and we are not responsible for third party websites.

Host Name Purpose Type Description
.twiplomacy.com __cfduid Strictly Necessary First Party (Session) The __cfduid cookie is used to identify individual clients behind a shared IP address and apply security settings on a per-client basis.
.twiplomacy.com _gid Performance First Party (Persistent) This cookie name is associated with Google Universal Analytics. This appears to be a new cookie and as of Spring 2017 no information is available from Google. It appears to store and update a unique value for each page visited.
.twiplomacy.com _ga Performance First Party (Persistent) This cookie name is associated with Google Universal Analytics – which is a significant update to Google’s more commonly used analytics service. This cookie is used to distinguish unique users by assigning a randomly generated number as a client identifier. It is included in each page request in a site and used to calculate visitor, session and campaign data for the sites analytics reports. By default it is set to expire after 2 years, although this is customisable by website owners.
.twiplomacy.com _gat Performance First Party (Persistent) This is a pattern type cookie set by Google Analytics, where the pattern element on the name contains the unique identity number of the account or website it relates to. It appears to be a variation of the _gat cookie which is used to limit the amount of data recorded by Google on high traffic volume websites.