Cookies Policy

This Cookies Policy is effective from 18th Feb 2020

‘Essential’ cookies are automatically placed on your computer or device when you access our website or take certain actions on our website. ‘Non-essential’ cookies and other technologies are only placed on your computer or device if you have consented to us doing so.  For information on the difference between essential and non-essential cookies, see the section below entitled About cookies.

For information on how you consent and how you can withdraw your consent to us placing non-essential cookies and other technologies on your computer or device, see the section below entitled How to accept or reject cookies.

Contents

  • About cookies
  • List of cookies used
  • Essential cookies
  • Non-essential cookies
  • Facebook Pixel
  • How to accept or reject cookies
  • Copyright, credit and logo

 What are cookies?

Cookies are small data files sent by a website’s server to a web browser, processor memory or hard drive and stored there. They can be used for a range of different purposes, such as customising a website for a particular user, helping a user navigate a website, improving that user’s website experience, and storing that user’s preferences and login information.

Essential and non-essential cookies

Cookies can be classified as either ‘essential’ or ‘non-essential’.

Essential cookies: these are cookies that are either:

  • used solely to carry out or facilitate the transmission of communications over a network; or
  •  strictly necessary to provide an online service (e.g. our website or a service on our website) which you have requested.

Non-essential cookies: these are any cookies that do not fall within the definition of essential cookies, such as cookies used to analyse your behaviour on a website (‘analytical’ cookies).

Session and persistent cookies

Cookies can be classified as either ‘session’ or ‘persistent’, depending on how long they last after they are placed on your browser.

Session cookies: session cookies last for as long as you keep your browser open. They expire when you close your browser.

Persistent cookies: persistent cookies expire at a fixed point in time or if you manually delete them from your browser, whichever occurs first.

First and third party cookies

Cookies can be classified as ‘first party’ or ‘third party’.

First party cookies: these are cookies placed on your device by our website domain.

Third party cookies: these are cookies placed on your device by third party website domains.

If you require further information about cookies in general, please visit www.allaboutcookies.org

List of cookies used

We use the following cookies on or in relation to our website:

Name of Cookie:  lang

  • Essential or Non-essential?:  essential
  • Type of cookie: Functional
  • First or Third party?: Third
  • Session or Persistent?: persistent
  • Expiry Time: 12 months
  • Purpose: Stored language preference

 Name of Cookie:  uuid

  • Essential or Non-essential?:  essential
  • Type of cookie: Functional
  • First or Third party?: Third
  • Session or Persistent?: persistent
  • Expiry Time: 12 months
  • Purpose: Contains a randomly generated ID. Lets the website keep track of your session, without them the website wouldn't be able to treat you as an individual

 Name of Cookie:  OAID

  • Essential or Non-essential?:  Non-essential
  • Type of cookie: Advertising
  • First or Third party?: Third
  • Session or Persistent?: persistent
  • Expiry Time: 12 months
  • Purpose: Manages which ads are placed on our website, and to capture clicks on those ads.

Name of Cookie:  CAKEPHP

  • Essential or Non-essential?:  essential
  • Type of cookie: Tracking
  • First or Third party?: first
  • Session or Persistent?: persistent
  • Expiry Time: 24 hours
  • Purpose: This cookie is necessary to control access to security protected areas of the website by you logging in with your account credentials. This cookie is stored for 24 hours.

Name of Cookie: NID

  • Essential or Non-essential?: Non-essential
  • Type of cookie: analytical
  • First or Third party?:  third
  • Session or Persistent?: persistent
  • Expiry Time: 6 months
  • Purpose: Used to embed a map on a page

Name of Cookie:  test_cookie

  • Essential or Non-essential?:  non-essential
  • Type of cookie: Tracking
  • First or Third party?: first
  • Session or Persistent?: session
  • Expiry Time: End of browser session
  • Purpose: Used to track the users journey across the internet.

Name of Cookie: i/jot/syndication

  • Essential or Non-essential?: non- essential
  • Type of cookie: pixel
  • First or Third party?:  third
  • Session or Persistent?: session
  • Expiry Time: end of browsing session
  • Purpose: Unclassified

Name of Cookie:  PHPSESSID

  • Essential or Non-essential?: Essential
  • Type of cookie: Functional
  • First or Third party?: first
  • Session or Persistent?: session
  • Expiry Time: End of browser session
  • Purpose: preserves user sessions date across page request

Name of Cookie:  _gat

  • Essential or Non-essential?: Non-essential
  • Type of cookie: Analytical
  • First or Third party?: First party
  • Session or Persistent?: session
  • Expiry Time: End of browser session
  • Purpose: Used by Google Analytics to throttle request rate received by users.

Name of Cookie:  _ga

  • Essential or Non-essential?: Non-essential
  • Type of cookie: Analytical
  • First or Third party?: First party
  • Session or Persistent?:  Persistent
  • Expiry Time: 2 years
  • Purpose: Google Analytics cookie used to generate statistical information on the use of a website through distinguishing its users.

Name of Cookie:  _gid

  • Essential or Non-essential?: Non-essential
  • Type of cookie: Analytical
  • First or Third party?: First party
  • Session or Persistent?:  Session
  • Expiry Time: End of browser session
  • Purpose: Google Analytics cookie which registers a unique ID that is used to generate statistical data on how the visitor uses the website.

Name of Cookie:  _gd

  • Essential or Non-essential?: Non-essential
  • Type of cookie: Analytical
  • First or Third party?: First party
  • Session or Persistent?: Session
  • Expiry Time:  End of browser session
  • Purpose: Google Analytics cookies used to distinguish users.

Name of Cookie:  _gali

  • Essential or Non-essential?: on-essential
  • Type of cookie: Analytical
  • First or Third party?:  First party
  • Session or Persistent?: Session
  • Expiry Time: End of browser session
  • Purpose: Google Analytics cookie used to improve the accuracy of Google Analytics by differentiating between multiple links to the same URL on a single page.

Name of Cookie:  __utma

  • Essential or Non-essential?: Non-essential
  • Type of cookie: tracking
  • First or Third party?:  third
  • Session or Persistent?:  persistent
  • Expiry Time: 2 years
  • Purpose: Used to distinguish users and sessions. The cookie is created when the javascript library executes and no existing __utma cookies exists. The cookie is updated every time data is sent to Google Analytics.

Name of Cookie:  __utmt

  • Essential or Non-essential?: Non-essential
  • Type of cookie: tracking
  • First or Third party?:  third
  • Session or Persistent?: session
  • Expiry Time: 10 minutes
  • Purpose: Used to throttle request rate.

Name of Cookie:  __utmb

  • Essential or Non-essential?: Non-essential
  • Type of cookie: tracking
  • First or Third party?:  third
  • Session or Persistent?: persistent
  • Expiry Time: 30 minutes
  • Purpose: Used to determine new sessions/visits. The cookie is created when the javascript library executes and no existing __utmb cookies exists. The cookie is updated every time data is sent to Google Analytics.

  Name of Cookie:  __utmc

  • Essential or Non-essential?: Non-essential
  • Type of cookie: tracking
  • First or Third party?:  third
  • Session or Persistent?: session
  • Expiry Time: end of browser session
  • Purpose: Not used in ga.js. Set for interoperability with urchin.js. Historically, this cookie operated in conjunction with the __utmb cookie to determine whether the user was in a new session/visit 

Name of Cookie:  __utmz

  • Essential or Non-essential?: Non-essential
  • Type of cookie: tracking
  • First or Third party?:  third
  • Session or Persistent?: persistent
  • Expiry Time: 6 months
  • Purpose: Stores the traffic source or campaign that explains how the user reached your site. The cookie is created when the javascript library executes and is updated every time data is sent to Google Analytics.

 

Name of Cookie:  __utmv

  • Essential or Non-essential?: Non-essential
  • Type of cookie: tracking
  • First or Third party?:  third
  • Session or Persistent?: persistent
  • Expiry Time: 2 years
  • Purpose: Used to store visitor-level custom variable data.

Name of Cookie: NID

  • Name of Cookie: NID
  • Essential or Non-essential?: Non-essential
  • Type of cookie: analytical
  • First or Third party?:  third
  • Session or Persistent?: persistent
  • Expiry Time: 6 months
  • Purpose: Used to embed a map on a page

 Essential cookies

 These are cookies which are strictly necessary for our website to be able to operate or to provide you with a service on our website which you have requested. We use the following essential cookies on our website:

  • Essential third party persistent cookie uuid is used to contain a randomly generated id. which lets the site keep track of your session. Without this, the site would not be able to treat you as an individual. It expires after 12 months.
  • First party persistent cookie is used to control access to security protected areas of the website by your account credentials. It lasts for 24 hours.
  • Third party cookie PREF is persistent and expires after 2 years. Its used to track the number of views on a video and records user preferences.
  • The first party session cookie PHPSESSID is used to preserve a user session date across page requests. It expires at the end of the browsing session.
  • Legal basis for processing: we process information about you contained in or obtained from essential cookies in our legitimate interests (Article 6(1)(f) of the General Data Protection Regulation).
  • Legitimate interests: ensuring our site functions properly and providing you with online services you have requested.

How to opt out of essential cookies

Most browsers allow you to block all cookies, including essential cookies. Please note, however, that if you block all cookies, parts of our website and its functionality may not work or display properly.

You can delete existing cookies from your browser by clearing your browsing data and ensuring that the option to delete cookies is selected.

For more detailed information on how to accept and reject cookies, including guidance for specific browsers, please see the section below entitled How to accept or reject cookies

 

Non-essential cookies

We use the following types of non-essential cookies on our website:

  • Functional cookies
  • Analytical (or performance) cookies

 Functional cookies

These are cookies that are designed for purposes such as enhancing a website’s functionality. These are either not strictly essential for the website or functionality which you have requested to work, or are cookies which serve non-essential purposes in addition to their essential purpose. We use the following functional cookies on our website:

The first party session cookie PHPSESSID is used to preserve a user session date across page requests. It expires at the end of the browsing session.

Third party cookie lang is used to remember the users language.

Essential third party persistent cookie uuid is used to contain a randomly generated id. Which lets the site keep track of your session. Without this, the site would not be able to treat you as an individual. It expires after 12 months.

How to opt in or out from functional cookies

See the section below entitled How to accept or reject cookies

Processing information about you contained in or obtained from functional cookies

Legal basis for processing: we process information about you contained in or obtained from functional cookies in our legitimate interests (Article 6(1)(f) of the General Data Protection Regulation). We will only process such personal information if you have consented to us placing cookies on your computer or device.

Legitimate interests: improving your website experience and providing or enhancing the website functionality you have requested

For further information on how we use the information gathered from our use of functional cookies, please see the section entitled Our use of automated decision making and profiling in our privacy policy, which is available here: http://www.micronbio-systems.co.uk/p/privacy

Analytical (or performance) cookies

 Analytical (or performance) cookies track and gather data about what a user does on a website. These cookies are not essential for our website or its functionality to work. We use the following analytical cookies on our website:

We use Google Analytics cookies on our website. Google Analytics cookies help us understand how you engage and interact with our website, including how you came to our website, which pages you visited, for how long and what you clicked on, your location (based on your IP address).

  • The Google Analytics cookies used on our website are: _ga, _gid, _gd#, _gali

These cookies are session AND/OR persistent cookies. These cookies expire after 72 months

 The information we collect using analytical cookies is collected on an anonymised basis.

More information

Google Analytics cookies are classified as first party cookies as they are set by our website domain, although Google collects and processes information from our use of Google Analytics. To find out more about how Google handles information collected from Google Analytics, see Google Analytics’ privacy policy, which is available here: https://support.google.com/analytics/answer/6004245

For information on how Google uses data from cookies it uses, please visit www.google.com/policies/privacy/partners/

How to opt in or out from analytical cookies

See the section below entitled How to accept or reject cookies

To opt out of Google Analytics tracking across all websites in general, you can do so here: http://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout

Processing information about you contained in or obtained from analytical cookies

Legal basis for processing: we process information about you contained in or obtained from analytical cookies in our legitimate interests (Article 6(1)(f) of the General Data Protection Regulation).

Legitimate interests: analysing how individuals use our website to help us improve our website and business. For further information on how we use the information gathered from our use of analytical cookies, including profiling, please see the section entitled Our use of automated decision making and profiling in our privacy policy, which is available here: http://www.micronbio-systems.co.uk/p/privacy-policy/

Third party cookies

Third parties use cookies to analyse your use of our website and/or to display advertisements (including third party advertisements) to you e.g. advertisement conversion tracking such as Google AdWords]. Third party cookies used in relation to our website include:

  • The first party session cookie _gat is used by Google Analytics to throttle request rate received by users. It expires at the end of the browsing session.
  • The third party persistent cookie _utma is used to distinguish users and sessions. The cookie is created when the javascript library executes and no existing __utma cookies exists. The cookie is updated every time data is sent to Google Analytics. _utmv is used to store visitor-level custom variable data. They expire after 2 years.
  • Third party persistent cookie _utmz is used to store the traffic source or campaign that explains how the user reached your site. The cookie is created when the javascript library executes and is updated every time data is sent to Google Analytics. It expires after 6 months.
  • Third party session cookie _utmc is used to determine whether the visitor has visited previously or not. It expires at the end of the browsing session.
  • Third party persistent cookie _utmb is sued to determine new sessions and visits, its updated every time data is sent to google analytics. It expires after 30 minutes of placement.
  • Third party session cookie _utmt is used to throttle request rates. It expires after the browsing session has ended.
  • The third party session pixel _utm.gif is a google analytics tracking code that logs details about the visitor. It expires at the end of the browsing session.

More information

For information about the cookies Google uses in relation to the above, see the ‘Advertising’ section on the Types of cookies used by Google page in Google’s cookies policy, which is available here: https://www.google.com/policies/technologies/types/

For information about how Google uses data from cookies for its own purposes, please visit the following link www.google.com/policies/privacy/partners/

How to opt in or out from third party cookies

See the section below entitled How to accept or reject cookies

Processing information about you contained in or obtained from third party cookies

Legal basis for processing: we process information about you contained in or obtained from third party cookies in our legitimate interests (Article 6(1)(f) of the General Data Protection Regulation).

Legitimate interests: the purposes for which we use the third party cookies as described above. For further information on how we use the information gathered from our use of third party please see the section entitled Our use of automated decision making and profiling in our privacy policy, which is available here: http://www.micronbio-systems.co.uk/p/privacy

How to opt in or out

See the section below entitled How to accept or reject cookies

Legal basis for processing: we process the information we gather from the use of web beacons in our legitimate interests (Article 6(1)(f) of the General Data Protection Regulation).

Legitimate interest: analysing the effectiveness of our email marketing campaigns.

Facebook Pixel

We may use Facebook Pixel on our website. Facebook Pixel is a tracking code which allows us to track and monitor the success of advertisements we use on Facebook and to improve the effectiveness of those advertisements by recording information such as the device you used to access our website and the actions you took on our website using cookies. We may also use Facebook Pixel to create retargeting advertisements and custom audiences for our advertisements on Facebook and on our website.

Facebook aggregates data gathered from our use of Facebook Pixel on our website with data it gathers from other sources, in order to improve and target advertisements displayed on its website or via its services, to improve its systems and to provide measurement services to third parties which use Facebook’s advertising services. You can find out more about how Facebook handles information they collect about you and other individuals by accessing their privacy policy, which is available here: https://www.facebook.com/about/privacy

How to opt in or out

See the section below entitled How to accept or reject cookies

Legal basis for processing: we process the information we gather from the use of web beacons in our legitimate interests (Article 6(1)(f) of the General Data Protection Regulation).

Legitimate interest: analysing the effectiveness of our advertisements on Facebook.

How to accept or reject cookies

There are a number of different ways in which you can accept or reject some or all cookies and similar technologies. Some of the main methods of doing so are described below:

You are welcome to block the use of some or all of the cookies we use on our website. However, please be aware that doing so may impair our website and its functionality or may even render some or all of it unusable.

You should also be aware that clearing all cookies from your browser will also delete any cookies that are storing your preferences, for example, whether you have accepted cookies on a website or any cookies that are blocking other cookies.

You can find more detailed information about cookies and adjusting your browser settings by visiting www.allaboutcookies.org

Accepting or rejecting cookies

Cookie control tool

You can accept or reject non-essential cookies by using our cookie management tool which appears at the bottom of the screen when the site is first loaded.

Browser settings

You can accept or reject some or all cookies (for example, blocking all third party cookies) by adjusting your browser settings. If you do not know how to do this, the links below set out information about how to change your browser settings for some of the most commonly used web browsers:

  • Google Chrome: https://support.google.com/chrome/answer/95647?hl=en-GB
  • Mozilla Firefox: https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/delete-browsing-search-download-history-firefox?redirectlocale=en-US&redirectslug=Clear+Recent+History
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/278835/how-to-delete-cookie-files-in-internet-explorer
  • Apple Safari: https://support.apple.com/kb/PH5042?locale=en_US

Some browsers, such as Chrome and Firefox, allow you to change your settings to browse in ‘incognito’ mode, limiting the amount of data placed on your machine and automatically deleting any persistent cookies placed on your device when you finish your browsing session. There are also many third party applications which you can add to your browser to block or manage cookies.

Existing cookies

To clear cookies that have previously been placed on your browser, you should select the option to clear your browsing history and ensure that the option to delete or clear cookies is included when you do so.

Google Analytics Opt-out Browser Add-on

You can opt out of Google Analytics tracking by installing the browser add-on which is available here: http://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout

 

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