We use the information stored in these files primarily to help us understand how people use our sites and to enable us to make improvements.
In some instances, such as our online store, cookies are used to help us provide a service, such as ensuring that we can keep track of items that have been added to the shopping basket.
We also use third-party services such as YouTube for video, as well as Facebook ‘like’ buttons and Twitter ‘tweet this’ buttons. These services often store their own cookies.
Cookies we use
We use Google Analytics across all of our websites to help us analyse how our sites are being used. Google Analytics provides information such as how many users have visited a certain page, how long they stayed on the page, whether they were first-time or repeat visitors, what type of browsers are used and much more besides. None of this information enables us to identify individuals, and no sensitive information is stored.
The table below shows typical cookies used by Google Analytics on our websites.
|__utma||Used to determine unique visitors by Google Analytics|
|__utmb||Used to maintain session for Google Analytics|
|__utmc||Used to maintain session for Google Analytics|
|__utmz||Used by Google Analytics to track referrals and search engine results|
|__utmv||Used by Google Analytics to track custom variables|
Forever Surrey, our Alumni website
The Forever Surrey website – www.surrey.ac.uk/alumni - uses some cookies to provide essential functions such as remembering whether users are logged in.
Social bookmarking and sharing
The AddThis social bookmarking service uses the following cookies: uid, uvc, uit, psc, di, dt, uid, uit, psc, siteaud, ana_svc, Coyote-2-a0f0083.
The Facebook Like button uses the following cookies: datr, lu, locale.
The Twitter Tweet This button uses the following cookies: guest_id, twll, __utma, __utmb, __utmz, k, external_referer, js
On our blogs – we use the TweetMeme service, which allows users to tweet articles and displays how many times an article has been tweeted. This service uses the cookie: user_unique_ident
We make extensive use of YouTube to provide video content via our website. YouTube uses the following cookies: VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE, use_hitbox, PREF, VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE, demographics, HSID, SSID, LOGIN_INFO, SID, watched_video_id_list_4GNn_.
The Information Comissioner's office provides advice and information about what cookies are and how to control them.