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The cookies we use are “analytical” cookies. They allow us to recognise and count the number of visitors and to see how visitors move around the site when they are using it. This helps us to improve the way our website works, for example, by ensuring that users are finding what they are looking for easily. You can find more information about the individual cookies we use and the purposes for which we use them in the table below:
The following table lists the type of information that is obtained via your Google Analytics cookies and used in Analytics reports.
|Functionality||Description of Cookie||Cookie Used|
|Setting the Scope of Your Site Content||Because any cookie read/write access is restricted by a combination of the cookie name and its domain, default visitor tracking via Google Analytics is confined to the domain of the page on which the tracking code is installed. For the most common scenario where the tracking code is installed on a single domain (and no other sub-domains), the generic setup is correct. In other situations where you wish to track content across domains or sub-domains, or restrict tracking to a smaller section of a single domain, you use additional methods in the
|Determining Visitor Session||The Google Analytics tracking for
|Identifying Unique Visitors||Each unique browser that visits a page on your site is provided with a unique ID via the
|Tracking Traffic Sources & Navigation||When visitors reach your site via a search engine result, a direct link, or an ad that links to your page, Google Analytics stores the type of referral information in a cookie. The parameters in the cookie value string are parsed and sent in the GIF Request (in the
|Custom Variables||You can define your own segments for reporting on your particular data. When you use the
|Website Optimizer||You can use Google Analytics with Google Website Optimizer (GWO), which is a tool that helps determine the most effective design for your site. When a website optimizer script executes on your page, a _utmx cookie is written to the browser and its value is sent to Google Analytics.||
Source : Google Analytics
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