Cookies are small text files that are placed on your computer by the 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. The use of cookies is now standard for most websites. If you are uncomfortable with the use of cookies, you can manage and control them through your browser, including removing cookies by deleting them from your ‘browser history’ (cache) when you leave the site.

Types of cookie:

‘Session’ cookies remain in your browser during your browser session only, i.e. until you leave the website.

‘Persistent’ cookies remain in your browser after the session (unless deleted by you).

‘Performance’ cookies collect information about your use of the website, such as webpages visited and any error messages; they do not collect personally identifiable information, and the information collected is aggregated such that it is anonymous. Performance cookies are used to improve how a website works.

‘Functionality’ cookies allow the website to remember any choices you make about the website (such as changes to text size, customised pages) or enable services such as commenting on a blog.

Use of cookies by OPITO:

The following table explains the way in which we use cookies on this website.

Cookie Name Purpose Duration
Google Analytics _ga Used to distinguish users 2 years
Google Analytics _gid Used to distinguish users 24 hours
Google Analytics _gat, _gat_<property-id> Used to throttle request rate. 1 minute
OPITO CRAFT_CSRF_TOKEN Security cookie set by the content management system used for form submission validation. At end of session
OPITO CraftSessionId The content management system used to power this site, uses cookies to help you navigate, and to remember any preferences you have and pages you've already visited. At end of session

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