What are cookies used for?

Cookies are used on more than 90 per cent of sites and serve many functions. For example, they can help us to remember your username and preferences, analyse how well our website is performing, or even allow us to recommend content we believe will be most relevant to you.

Certain cookies contain personal information. For example, if you click on 'remember me' when logging in, a cookie will store your username. Most cookies won't collect information that identifies you, but will instead collect more general information, such as how users arrive at and use our websites or a user's general location.

These cookies are divided into the following four categories:

  • Necessary Cookies that are essential for the operation of our website
  • Functional Cookies that allow us to remember your preferences
  • Performance Cookies that analyse how our visitors use our websites and to monitor website performance
  • Tracking/Targeting Cookies that allow social media sites and our advertisers to serve you content we believe is relevant to you

Necessary and functional cookies on the site

Cookie domain: prostatecanceruk.org

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  • ASP.NET_SessionId

Purpose: Necessary for the functionality of the website’s donation pages.

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  • CONSENT

Purpose: Stores users' consent to Google's advertising policies.

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  • cookies.js
  • AcceptedCookieNotice
  • cookie_policy

Purpose: Saves cookie consent preferences

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  • site_js_version
  • site_stylesheet
  • site_textsize

Purpose: Some of our custom cookies are set to monitor various aspects of your experience so that we can make improvements to the site but these do not record personal information. The cookies called site_js_version, site_stylesheet and site_textsize are used to aid accessibility by allowing users to change the appearance of elements such as text and colours.

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  • currency
  • language
  • PHPSESSID

Purpose: Necessary for the functionality of the website's shop.

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  • __RequestVerificationToken

Purpose: This is an anti-forgery cookie set by web applications built using ASP.NET MVC technologies. It is designed to stop unauthorised posting of content to a website, known as ‘Cross-Site Request Forgery’.

Cookie domain: geo.cardinalcommerce.com

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  • BIGipServerPortal-Prod-Web-DeviceFingerprintWeb.app~Portal-Prod-Web-DeviceFingerprintWeb_pool

Purpose: This cookie is essential in order to enable you to move around the website and use its features, such as accessing secure areas of the website. Without it services you have asked for, like shopping baskets or e-billing, cannot be provided.

Cookie domain: livechatinc.com

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  • __lc_cid
  • __lc_cst
  • __lc2_cid
  • __lc2_cst
  • __livechat
  • __livechat_lastvisit
  • lc_sso3344522

Purpose: These cookies are necessary for the functionality of our website’s chatbox function.

Performance cookies on the site

Cookie domain: prostatecanceruk.org

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  • __utma
  • __utmb
  • __utmc
  • __utmz
  • _dc_gtm_UA-3373447-12
  • _ga
  • _ga_NWKX2S91S5
  • _gaexp
  • _gat_UA1168580691
  • _gat_UA-3373447-12
  • _gid
  • OTZ

Purpose: Used by Google Analytics to provide the site owner with analysis of who uses the site, what they are looking for and other information. This allows the site owner to know what people are searching for. This information can be used in the future to improve the site content.

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  • _hjCachedUserAttributes
  • _hjClosedSurveyInvites
  • _hjDonePolls
  • _hjDoneTestersWidgets
  • _hjid
  • _hjIncludedInSample
  • _hjLocalStorageTest
  • _hjMinimizedPolls
  • _hjptid
  • _hjRecordingLastActivity
  • _hjShownFeedbackMessage
  • _hjUserAttributesHash
  • hjTLDTest

Purpose: We use HotJar to create heatmaps of users’ interactions with pages on our website, and to make anonymous recordings of users’ sessions on the website. These cookies are all used to make these recordings, and to differentiate between users. This information can be used to improve the site’s content and functionality.

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  • ai_session
  • ai_user

Purpose: These cookies are used by the Microsoft Application Insights software, which collects statistical usage and telemetry information for apps built on the Azure cloud platform.

Tracking/targeting cookies on the site

Cookie domain: prostatecanceruk.org

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  • _gcl_au
  • 1P_JAR

Purpose: Used by Google AdSense for experimenting with advertisement efficiency across websites using their services, and for targeting purposes to build a profile of our visitors’ interests in order to show relevant and personalised Google advertising.

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  • _fbp
  • fr

Purpose: These cookies are used by the Facebook pixel. This helps us to use sponsored Facebook posts more effectively, by measuring the number of people who complete an action on our website (like signing up for an event, or making a donation) in response to a sponsored post we've placed on Facebook.

The pixel also allows us to create an audience, using data held by Facebook, to deliver sponsored posts through Facebook which are more likely to be relevant to your interests. That means that after visiting our site, you might see our sponsored posts on Facebook instead of other ads Facebook could otherwise show you. This does not provide us with any information which could identify you to us. (Read Facebook's data policies.)

Cookie domain: atdmt.com

  • AA003
  • ATN

Purpose: Used by Facebook to deliver, measure and improve the relevancy of their advertising and to deliver a series of advertisement products on Facebook.

Cookie domain: doubleclick.net

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  • id
  • ide
  • Test_cookie

Purpose: This set of cookies is used to build groups of users to target advertising.

Cookie domain: google.com

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  • __Secure-3PAPISID
  • __Secure-3PSID
  • __Secure-3PSIDCC
  • __Secure-APISID
  • __Secure-HSID
  • __Secure-SSID
  • ANID
  • APISID
  • HSID
  • NID
  • SAPISID
  • SEARCH_SAMESITE
  • SID
  • SIDCC
  • SSID

Purpose: This set of cookies is used to build groups of users to target advertising.

Cookie domain: twitter.com

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  • personalization_id

Purpose: Helps us use sponsored tweets more effectively, by measuring the number of people who complete an action on our website (like signing up for an event, or making a donation) in response to an sponsored tweet we've placed on Twitter.

Also allows us to create an audience, using data held by Twitter, to deliver promoted tweets through Twitter which are more likely to be relevant to your interests. That means that after visiting our site, you might see our promoted tweets on Twitter instead of other ads Twitter could otherwise show you. This does not provide us with any information which could identify you to us. (Read Twitter's data policies.)

Cookie domain: youtube.com

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  • SAPISID
  • SSID

Purpose: These DoubleClick cookies are used to build a profile of our visitors’ interests to show relevant ads on other sites. The cookies carry information about how our visitors use our website, and any advertising that the they may have seen before visiting our site. These cookies work by uniquely identifying your browser and device.

Turning cookies off in browsers

As we've explained, cookies help you to get the most out of our websites. However, if you wish to disable our cookies, please follow the instructions below.

Please remember that if you do choose to disable cookies, you may find that certain sections of our website do not work properly.

Google Chrome

  1. Click the three-dots icon on the browser toolbar and select ‘Settings’
  2. Click ‘Site settings’
  3. Under the 'Permissions' heading, click 'Cookies and site data’
  4. To stop websites from setting or reading cookies, click the switch next to ‘Allow sites to save and read cookie data (recommended)’
  5. To disable third-party cookies, select ‘Block third-party cookies’

Note there are various levels of cookie enablement and disablement in Chrome. For more information on other cookie settings offered in Chrome, refer to the following page from Google: https://support.google.com/chrome/answer/95647?hl=en

Microsoft Edge

  1. Click on the three-dots menu at the top of the browser window
  2. Select ‘Settings’, and then ‘Privacy and security’
  3. Under cookies, you can choose whether to allow all cookies, block all cookies, or to only block third-party cookies

Microsoft Internet Explorer

  1. Click on the cog icon at the top of your browser window and select ‘Internet Options’
  2. In the options window navigate to the ‘Privacy’ tab
  3. Under ‘Settings’ click ‘Advanced’
  4. You can select to block or allow first-party and third-party cookies, or select that you want to be prompted to choose each time a website tries to set these cookies

Note there are various levels of cookie enablement and disablement in Explorer. For more information on other cookie settings offered in Internet Explorer, refer to the following page from Microsoft: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/17442/windows-internet-explorer-delete-manage-cookies

Mozilla Firefox

Firefox includes ‘Enhanced Tracking Protection,’ which can automatically block a wide range of tracking techniques. This is available at three levels: Standard, Strict and Custom.

  • ‘Standard’ blocks ‘social media trackers, cross-site tracking cookies, tracking content in Private Windows, cryptominers and fingerprinters.’
  • ‘Strict’ offers similar protection, but blocks tracking content in all browser windows. However, enabling this may cause the functionality on some websites to break.
  • ‘Custom’ allows you to choose whether or not to block each of these separately.
  1. Choose ‘Options’ from the browser menu and select ‘Privacy & Security’
  2. Under ‘Enhanced Tracking Protection’, select ‘Standard’, ‘Strict’ or ‘Custom’

Note there are various levels of cookie enablement and disablement in Firefox. For more information, refer to the following page from Mozilla: https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/enhanced-tracking-protection-firefox-desktop

Safari

  1. Click on ‘Safari’ at the menu bar and select the ‘Preferences’ option, then click on ‘Privacy’
  2. To prevent trackers from using cookies and website data to track you, select ‘Prevent cross-site tracking’
  3. To always block cookies, select ‘Block all cookies’
  4. To always allow cookies, deselect ‘Block all cookies’

Note there are various levels of cookie enablement and disablement in Safari. For more information, refer to this page from Apple: https://support.apple.com/en-gb/guide/safari/sfri11471/mac