Cookie Policy

UKCHIP Cookie Policy

The UKCHIP website utilises a standard technology called “cookies” to collect information about how our website is used, and to record your preferences in order to give you the information you need during your visit. Information gathered through cookies allows us to monitor website traffic and to personalise the content of the site for you.

What are cookies?

A cookie is a very small text file, which often includes an anonymous unique identifier. When you visit a website, that site’s computer asks your computer for permission to store this file in a part of your hard drive specifically designated for cookies. Each website can send its own cookie to your browser if your browser’s preferences allow it, but (to protect your privacy) your browser only permits a website to access the cookies it has already sent to you, not the cookies sent to you by other sites. Browsers are usually set to accept cookies. However, if you would prefer not to receive cookies, you may alter the configuration of your browser to refuse cookies. If you choose to have your browser refuse cookies, it is possible that some areas of our site will not function as effectively when viewed by you. A cookie cannot retrieve any other data from your hard drive or pass on computer viruses. A cookie does not hold any information about which sites you visited before this one.

How we use cookies

The main UKCHIP website uses one cookie for administrator logins only – it is set on each page request but doesn’t store anything unless a site administrator logs-in. This is strictly necessary for the site to work correctly

The UKCHIP registration system is hosted separately and operates as a sub section of the main website. The only cookie based storage used by this section is for persisting the login session so that a user who has logged in isn’t logged out when they navigate to another page. This is strictly necessary for the site to work correctly.

By using the UKCHIP website you consent to the processing of data about you by UKCHIP in the manner and for the purposes set out above.

The main website also sets a number of other cookies as a result of the using Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google Inc. (“Google”). Google Analytics uses cookies to help the website owners analyse how users use the site. The information generated by the cookie about your use of the website (including your IP address) is transmitted to and stored by Google on servers in the United States. Google will use this information for the purpose of evaluating your use of the website, compiling reports on website activity for website operators and providing other services relating to website activity and internet usage. Google may also transfer this information to third parties where required to do so by law, or where such third parties process the information on Google’s behalf. Google will not associate your IP address with any other data held by Google. A more detailed overview can be found at http://www.google.com/analytics/learn/privacy.html.

The following cookies are used on the UKCHIP website:

_utma

The _utma cookie is part of Google analytics, and is primarily used to track visits to any site which uses Google analytics. _utma stores the number of visits made from your device, the time of the first visit, the previous visit, and the current visit. This cookie does not contain any personal information other than the IP address of your device. This is a third party cookie.

_utmz

The _utmz cookie is part of Google analytics and is used for tracking traffic sources and navigation. When visitors reach the site via a search engine result, a direct link, or an ad that links to our page, Google Analytics stores the type of referral information. The parameters in the cookie value string are parsed and sent in the GIF Request (in the utmcc variable). The expiration date for the cookie is set as 6 months into the future. This cookie gets updated with each subsequent page view to the site; thus it is used to determine visitor navigation within the site.

By using this website, you consent to the processing of data about you by Google in the manner and for the purposes set out above.

What if I don`t want to accept cookies?

If you wish to restrict or block the cookies which are set by any website, you should do this through the browser settings for each browser you use, on each device you use to access the internet. However please be aware that if you do this you may not be able to use the full functionality of the website.

You can allow cookies from specific websites by making them “trusted websites” in your internet browser. You may wish to visit www.allaboutcookies.org which contains comprehensive information on how to do this on a wide variety of browsers.

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