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Cookies are small files that are sent when you visit a website along with the rest of the content of the page. These files are stored in your browser and accessed when you return to a web site. At NPL we use cookies to help the basic working of the site, identify improvements for our users experience and support our marketing campaigns.

What are they used for?

Cookies are usually used to identify returning visitors to our site, store any preferences that the visitor has indicated previously and on occasion prepare personalised web pages for them. These cookies may remain on the client's computer merely for the duration of the visit or they may remain indefinitely. Most standard web browsers may be configured to refuse cookies.

We use the following types of cookies:

Strictly neccessary cookies

These cookies are required to make the site work and provide you with the services you are using.

Performance cookies

These collect information about how visitors use the website, this is information is used to improve the site by telling us information like the popular pages and how quick the pages are. They can also show us how a visitor finds what they are looking for so we can improve navigation. They do not collect personal information.

Functionality cookies enable us to remember the choices you make on the web site. The bookmarking option for course pages is an example of where we want to remember your selections. This information has no personal information and is not shared across any other web sites.

Marketing cookies collect information about visitors browsing habits and help us trace the activities of our marketing campaigns. 

Modern web browsers allow 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 please visit http://www.allaboutcookies.org/.

What cookies do we use?

 Name Product Expiration   Location Type Details
ASP.NET_SessionId NPL site Session (expires when the browser is shut down) local Neccessary Preserves the visitor's session state across page requests.
CMSCsrfCookie NPL site Session local Neccessary Store's a security token that the system uses to validate all form data submitted via POST requests. Helps protect against Cross site request forgery.
CMSLandingPageLoaded NPL site 1 day local Performance Indicates that the landing page has already been visited and the Landing page activity is not logged again for the current visitor. Expires after 20 minutes and the expiration period of the key is renewed every time the website is accessed again.
CMSUserPage NPL site 1 day local Performance Stores the IDs (DocumentID, NodeID) of the last visited page. Used for logging landing and exit page web analytics and activities.
VisitorStatus NPL site 20 years local Performance Indicates if the visitor is new or returning. Used for tracking the visitors statistic in Web analytics.
CMSPreferredCulture NPL site 1 year local Functionality The cookie determines the preferred language and country-setting of the visitor - This allows the web site to show content most relevant to that region and language.
CurrentContact NPL site 20 years local Marketing Stores the GUID of the contact related to the current site visitor. Used to track activities on the website.
accepted-cookies NPL site 5 years local Functionality Indicates whether the visitor has accepted NPL's cookies on the site
           
_ga Google Analytics 2 years local Performance Used to collect information about how visitors use our website. The cookies collects information in an anonymous form, including the number of visitors to our website.
_gid Google Analytics 24 hours local Performance Collect information about how visitors use our website. This cookie collects information anonymously, including the number of visitors to our website.
_gat Google Analytics 24 hourss local Performance

This cookie does not store any user information; it is used by Google Analytics to throttle request rate

collect Google Analytics Session local Marketing Used to send data to Google Analytics about the visitor's device and behaviour.

For more information on how NPL protects our visitors information view our Privacy policy.

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