COOKIE POLICY

CONTENTS

Cookies and web beacons
Consent
How to turn cookies on and off using browser settings
How to turn cookies on and off using third party tools
Flash cookies
Analytic cookies
Session cookies
Web beacon

 

COOKIES AND WEB BEACONS

IMPORTANT – PLEASE READ!

Cookies are small text files which are planted by this website on your computer’s hard drive. They enable our site to “remember” who you are.

Cookies 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.

We use cookies:

  • To look at the use you make of certain features on the site like audio and video media files which are used in some of our courses (Flash cookies)
  • To identify and track users that register and log into our site (Session cookies)
  • To look at site traffic to enable us to improve your experience (Analytic cookies).

We may use web beacons in automated emails but not in conjunction with cookies. See below for further details.

Please see the table below for details of the cookies we use on our website.

Cookie Name Purpose More information
Session identifier
(Transient cookie)
ASPXAUTH Session cookies are used to identify users on the vision2learn application. The session cookie will be deleted once you close your browser.
Google Analytics
(Persistent cookie)
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gwccAID

_utmb

_utmc

_utmt

Consent

Persistent cookies are used by Google Analytics to track users’ movements through our site. No personal information about you is collected. Click here for an overview of privacy at Google
Session cookie ChannelID This cookie enables us to identify the source of your registration for marketing purposes.
Session cookie CampaignID This cookie enables us to identify the source of your registration for marketing purposes.
Session cookie BrowserChecked This cookie is used to check your web browser to make sure it is compatible with our website.
Session cookie SelectedMainMenuItem This cookie is used for highlighting the selected main navigation link.

 

CONSENT

We need to obtain your consent to use cookies, unless they’re strictly necessary for us to provide you with a service that you explicitly request. For example, when you log in to work through a course, there is no way, other than by using cookies, we can keep a record of what pages you have looked at and to allow you to go back and forwards through your answers.

There are a number of ways to give us your consent:

  • You can give us implied consent by reading this policy and proceeding to use the site; i.e. if you register with us or if you continue to use our site, you will agree to our use of cookies.
  • You can use appropriate browser settings.
  • You can use third party tools to control Flash and Google Analytic cookies.

 

HOW TO TURN COOKIES ON AND OFF USING BROWSER SETTINGS

Most browsers are automatically set to accept cookies but if you are using Microsoft’s Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Apple’s Safari or Google Chrome, you should be able to configure your browser to restrict cookies or block all cookies if you wish. If you disable cookies you should still be able to login and use any secure areas of our site. However, you may find you need to re-enter your user details.

Adjusting cookie settings on a web browser is not very easy at the moment, but the Government has promised that browser manufacturers will be making these settings more user-friendly so that they comply with new laws which came into force in May 2011. In the meantime, more information about cookies, including some browser-specific instructions on how to restrict or block cookies, may be found on the IAB’s website at www.youronlinechoices.com/uk. As at 1 July 2015, the relevant page for adjusting your browser settings is at www.youronlinechoices.com/uk/five-top-tips

 

HOW TO TURN COOKIES ON AND OFF USING THIRD PARTY TOOLS

We’ll tell you about new ways to indicate your consent to cookies as they become available.

Here’s some more information about the different types of cookies we use.

 

FLASH COOKIES

If you watch a video file or listen to an audio file on our website, you will be using Adobe Flash. This will store another type of cookie on your computer called a Local Shared Object or Flash cookie. It allows us to count the total number of times each file is played; how many people watch videos right to the end and how many people give up half way through. You can’t use your normal browser to remove Flash cookies but Adobe’s website explains how to do that.

 

SESSION COOKIES

We use session cookies, also called transient cookies, to identify and track users who enter any registered areas of our site. Session cookies are deleted when you close your browser. The session cookie is stored in temporary memory and is not retained after the browser is closed. Session cookies do not collect information from your computer. Typically, they will store information in the form of a session identification that does not personally identify you.

 

WEB BEACON

Also, called a web bug or a pixel tag or a clear GIF. A web beacon is an often-transparent graphic image, usually no larger than 1 pixel × 1 pixel, which is placed on a web site and/or in an HTML email that is used to monitor your behaviour when you visit our site or receive an HTML email from us.

We may use web beacons in automated emails with news from vision2learn to determine when they were opened (including by people to whom you forward the email) and to record whether a message was acted on. This helps us assess the effectiveness of our service communications. We will not know if you open an email if you do not download images when viewing one of our HTML emails, or if you choose to receive emails from us in plain text.

You cannot opt out of or refuse web beacons. However, where they are used in conjunction with cookies you can stop them by opting out of cookies – see the IAB website at www.youronlinechoices.com/uk