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The source of cookies and how long they will stay on your computer, tablet or smartphone for can vary. The following table outlines those that you will find in use on the Bodleian eLibraries websites managed in Content Curator.

Passive cookies

A visit to a Bodleian Libraries exhibition website will generate the following cookies automatically (see Terms of Use):
Cookie issuer Cookie name How long will the cookie last?
What does it do?
Bodleian exhibition website PHPSESSID From arrival on website until browser window is closed (session) This cookie allows website editors to log in to the editing software if needed. We have requested an alternative means of managing this from the suppliers responsible with the aim of removing this cookie.

 

Cookie issuer Cookie name How long will the cookie last? What does it do?
Bodleian
exhibition
website
PHPSESSID From arrival on website until browser window is closed (session) This cookie allows website editors to log in to the editing software if needed. We have requested an alternative means of managing this from the suppliers responsible with the aim of removing this cookie.
Bodleian exhibition website (from Google Analytics) __utma __utmb __utmc __utmv __utmz 2 years 1 hour From arrival on website until browser window is closed (session) From arrival on website until browser window is closed (session) 6 months Anonymously tracks individual visitor behaviour on the websites so that we can see how the sites are being used. We only use this information for monitoring and improving our websites and content for the benefit of our users (you). You can opt out of Google Analytics cookies completely (from all websites) by visiting https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout
Twitter Pid K From arrival on website until browser window is closed (session) 1 week Produced as a result of the Twitter feed widget on website homepages. This cookie will allow your account preferences to be recognised and delivered by the widget if you are logged into Twitter. More generally it will anonymously track visitor use of the widget. Twitter's Privacy Policy applies to the data collected by this cookie and states that cookies are used "to better understand how you interact with our Services, to monitor aggregate usage by our users and web traffic routing on our Services, and to improve our Services".
Google Google PREF khcookie testcookie NID From arrival on website until browser window is closed (session) From arrival on website until browser window is closed (session) From arrival on website until browser window is closed (session) 6 months These cookies are delivered when a visitor accesses a page containing Google content and support the Google-powered content, e.g. Google maps and Google+ sharing button. They will also anonymously track visitors' use of Google content. Some Google content may not work if you chose to block cookies. Google's Privacy Policy applies to the data gathered from this cookie. Their stated use of information gathered from cookies is "to improve your user experience and the overall quality of our services".

Active cookies

These cookies are only generated if you choose to use the particular piece or type of content that they are associated with:

 

Cookie issuer Cookie name How long will the cookie last? What does it do?
YouTube YouTube VISITOR_INFO1_ LIVE use_hitbox 8 months Session Acquired only when a visitor clicks the "play" button on an embedded YouTube video and supports the function of this content. YouTube is a Google company so Google’s Privacy Policy applies to the data gathered by this cookie. Their stated use of information gathered from cookies is "to improve your user experience and the overall quality of our services".
Facebook Facebook datr lsd reg_fb_ref wd Session Session Session Session Acquired when a visitor clicks the Facebook "Like" button. The cookie will connect you to your account and record your use of the "Like" buttons. Facebook's Privacy Policy applies to the data they gather from this cookie.

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If you choose, you can set your browser to tell you when cookies are sent to your computer or to give you the option of rejecting cookies. If you haven't done this, our system will issue cookies when you visit the site.

Website performance

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The EU cookie legislation

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In addition, we will also review the list of cookies published here every 6 months to ensure that it reflects changes to the websites as much as possible.
We can only guarantee that the descriptions of cookie purposes are accurate to the best of our knowledge.

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