How we use cookies

What is a cookie?

Cookies are small text files which are downloaded to and stored on your device when you visit a website. Cookies are widely used by website owners to provide you with a good experience while you browse, and also to provide information which can help website owners to improve websites.

Our site uses cookies to:

  • make our site work

  • collect anonymous data on how users navigate our site, which helps us to improve it

  • allow you to share our content on social networks

  • to help us provide relevant advertising to those who may be interested in it.

We do not use cookies to:

  • collect any personally identifiable information

  • pass personal identifiable data to third parties.

 

A. Strictly necessary cookies

These are essential for our site to work, for example to allow you to complete quizzes and review results. We use the following strictly necessary cookies on our site:

 

Cookie

Name

Purpose

Windows Azure cloud platform

ARRAffinity

It is used for load balancing to make sure the visitor page requests are routed to the same server in any browsing session.

ASP.NET

ASP.NET_SessionId

Used to store a unique identifier for your session, providing a mechanism for persisting information between web pages. This cookie is deleted when you close your browser.



B. Performance cookies

 

Google Analytics

_ga

Used to distinguish users.

Google Analytics

_gid

Used to distinguish users.

Google Analytics

_gat

Used to throttle request rate.

Google Analytics

_gat_UA-203531-17

Contains campaign related information for the user. If you have linked your Google Analytics and AdWords accounts, AdWords website conversion tags will read this cookie unless you opt-out.

Hot Jar

_hjIncludedInSample

 

This session cookie is set to let Hotjar know whether that visitor is included in the sample which is used to generate funnels.

Microsoft Application Insights

ai_session

To collect statistical usage and telemetry information for apps built on the Azure cloud platform. This is a unique anonymous session identifier cookie.

Microsoft Application Insights

ai_user

To collect statistical usage and telemetry information for apps built on the Azure cloud platform. This is a unique user identifier cookie enabling counting of the number of users accessing the application over time.

 

Advertising cookies

Remarketing is a way for us to connect with people who have recently interacted with our site. We may place remarketing cookies on your device during your visit so that our carefully selected third-party suppliers, including Google, may use the information gathered to show you British Red Cross advertising when you visit other websites.

 

Third party cookies

We use some some third party services or software on our website. If you go to a page on our website that contains this embedded content you may be sent cookies from these websites, for example YouTube videos, Google maps, Facebook and Twitter. We do not control the setting of these cookies, so we suggest you check the third party website for more information about their cookies and how to manage them.

 

Controlling use of cookies

Most internet browsers automatically accept cookies unless you change your browser settings. If you wish to restrict, block or delete the cookies which are set by any websites, you can generally do this through your browser settings. These settings are usually found in the 'options' or 'preferences' menu of your internet browser.

 

Please note however that if you set your internet browser preferences to block all cookies, you may not be able to access all or parts of our site.

 

Unless you have adjusted your internet browser settings to block cookies, our site will set cookies.

 

To find out more about cookies, including how to see what cookies have been set and how to manage and delete them, visit http://www.aboutcookies.org.uk/.