Cookie Policy

What are cookies and how do we use them?

Cookies are small text files that are sent to and stored on your web browser, smartphone or other device to allow you to store specific information that can be used to improve the user experience on a website. They can remember your preferences by gathering and storing information. Further information about cookies (including how to disable them) can be found on https://allaboutcookies.org.

The GKSU website uses cookies on our site to improve the user experience and to gather general statistics about the users of our services (not user specific). Among other things, cookies allow you to log on to our service, search the website, buy from the online store and access your personal information on your profile. This Cookie Policy gives a background of what cookies are, how we use them and how they benefit you.


What types of cookies are there?

First party cookies

First party cookies are set by the website you are visiting, and they can only be read by that site.

Third party cookies

Third party cookies are set by a different organisation to the owner of the website you are visiting. For example, the website might use a third-party analytics company who will set their own cookie to perform this service. The website you are visiting may also contain content embedded from, for example YouTube or Flickr, and these sites may set their own cookies.

Session cookies

Session Cookies are stored only temporarily during a browsing session and are deleted from the user's device when the browser is closed. We use these to allow you to login to the website.

Persistent cookies

This type of cookie is saved on your computer for a fixed period (usually a year or longer) and is not deleted when the browser is closed. Persistent cookies are used where we need to know who you are for more than one browsing session. For example, we use this type of cookie to store your preferences, so that they are remembered for the next visit.


What cookies do we use?

Main Cookies

Name

Description

Type

__cfduid

This cookie is set by one of our external service providers, CloudFlare in order to identify suspicious network traffic.

Third Party Cookie

exp_last_visit

This cookie stores the last visit date to the website.

Session Cookie

exp_last_activity

This cookie stores the last time users are active on the website.

Session Cookie

exp_tracker

This cookie stores the previously accessed page link.

Session Cookie

exp_sessionid

This cookie stores a randomised identifier that allows you to sign into the website.

Session Cookie

exp_anon

Determines whether the user’s username is displayed in the list of currently logged in members.

Session Cookie

exp_expiration

This cookie determines the length of the session for a logged in user.

Session Cookie

PHPSESSID

This cookie stores a randomised identifier that allows you to sign into the website.

Session Cookie

SUAuthToken

This cookie is part of the mechanism used to sign into the University system. 

Session Cookie

Cookies with the prefix exp_ are Expression Engine cookies. These cookies are set upon arrival to the website and some are deleted when a user closes their browser, the others have a variable expiry date. They allow us to carry information from page to page and avoids creating the need for users to re-enter information. They provide a responsive browser experience.

Google Analytics

GKSU uses Google Analytics to collect information about how you use our website. This information is used to make sure our services meet the needs of our users.

We do not collect or store any of your personal information, so this information can't be used to identify who you are.

Name

Description

Type

_ga

These cookies allows us to determine if you've visited the website before and is used to distinguish users.

Third Party Cookie

_gid

_gat

This cookie allows us to monitor site load times and performance.

Third Party Cookie

__utma

Used to distinguish users and sessions. The cookie is created when the javascript library executes and no existing __utma cookies exists. The cookie is updated every time data is sent to Google Analytics.

Third Party Cookie

__utmz

Stores the traffic source or campaign that explains how the user reached your site. The cookie is created when the javascript library executes and is updated every time data is sent to Google Analytics.

Third Party Cookie


How you can manage your cookies

Please review the following site for advice on how to manage cookies on your browser: https://allaboutcookies.org.

To opt out of all Google Analytics, they offer a browser add-on for Internet Explorer 11, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Apple Safari and Opera. You can find their browser add-on here.