Wellcome Sanger Institute Web Cookies Policy
What is a cookie?
A cookie (sometimes known as web cookie, browser cookie or html cookie) is a small amount of data (<4Kb) that is sent to your computer or web-enabled device (hereafter referred to as a “device”) browser from a website’s server. The cookie can include a unique identifier within it.
Where does the cookie go?
The cookie is stored on your device’s hard drive (this is often called “setting a cookie”). Each website that wishes to send you its cookie can only do so if your device’s web browser preferences, that you can set personally, are set to allow this. To protect your privacy your device browser only permits a website to access the cookies it has sent to you, not the cookies sent to you by other websites. Many websites set one or more cookies to track online traffic through their website.
Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute-hosted websites, set cookies to store information about your:
- online preferences that allow us to tailor our websites to your data requirements
- access rights i.e. your ability to login to restricted services and the duration of that login
- Anonymous user tracking across our sites.
Users can set their device browsers to accept all cookies, to notify them when a cookie is issued, or not to receive cookies at any time. The last of these means that certain personalised features cannot then be provided to that user and accordingly they may not be able to take full advantage of all of the website’s features. Each browser is different, so check the “Help” menu of your browser to learn how to change your cookie preferences.
During the course of any visit to a Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute-hosted website, the pages you see, along with a cookie, are downloaded to your device. This enables our website publishers to find out whether the device (and its user) has visited the website before. This is done on repeat visits by checking to see, and finding, the cookie left there on the last visit.
There are three main uses:-
- Information supplied by cookies helps us to anonymously analyse the access patterns of visitors and helps us provide a better user experience.
- Web site usage. Our research funding agencies require annual reports to determine how often websites are visited by both academic and lay visitors.
- State information e.g. authentication or information about the user session.
Third Party Cookies and Flash Cookies
We do not use information contained in cookies created by a third party or Flash cookies.
Our cookies and how to reject cookies?
A list of the cookies that our hosted websites set (and what each is used for) together with ways to minimise the number of cookies you receive can be found below.
i. List of the our main cookies
This is a list of the main cookies set by us, and what each is used for.
|CookiePolicy||Stores your cookie preferences
Indicates that the cookie setting panel has been read and which cookies (first party or third party and type) to store
|_pk_ref*||Matamo1 anonymous user tracking2
used to store the attribution information, the referrer initially used to visit the website
|Optional||Analytics||First party||6 months|
|_pk_cvar*||Matamo1 anonymous user tracking2
used to temporarily store data for the visit
|Optional||Analytics||First party||30 minutes|
|_pk_id*||Matamo1 anonymous user tracking2
used to store a few details about the user such as the unique visitor ID
|Optional||Analytics||First party||13 months|
|_pk_ses*||Matamo1 anonymous user tracking2
used to temporarily store data for the visit
These are used to provide session “state” information i.e. authentication and user session identification but not for data collection. Their usage is described on the host website in question.
If you visit a web page that contains embedded content, for example from YouTube, you may be sent cookies from these websites. We do not control the generation of these cookies, so we suggest that you check the individual third-party websites for more information about their cookies and how to manage them.
2) A full description of these cookies can be found at the following website https://matomo.org/
In addition to the cookies set above further “strictly necessary” cookies are set for various web applications on other Wellcome Sanger Institute hosted websites. The usage and description of these cookies can be found on each individual website.
These are used to provide session ‘state’ information i.e. authentication and user session identification but not for data collection. Their usage is described on the host website in question.
ii. How to control and delete cookies
Alternatively, you may wish to visit www.aboutcookies.org which contains comprehensive information on how to do this on a wide variety of browsers. You will also find details on how to delete cookies from your computer as well as more general information about cookies. For information on how to do this on the browser of your mobile phone you will need to refer to your handset manual.
Wellcome Sanger Institute-hosted websites honour browsers that have the “do not track” (DNT) feature set.
Further information can be found at http://donottrack.us/
Please be aware that restricting cookies may impact on the functionality of the Wellcome Sanger Institute website.
iii. Cookies set by Third Party sites
To support our research and public engagement, we may embed photos and/or video content from websites such as YouTube and Flickr. When you visit a page with content embedded as above, you may be presented with cookies from these websites. The Wellcome Sanger Institute does not control the dissemination of these cookies. You should check the relevant third party website for more information about these.