A cookie is a small piece of data that is sent from our web server to your browser when you visit The Inspiration Space. It is stored on your hard drive. Internet browsers normally accept cookies by default, but it is possible to set a browser to reject cookies.
The Inspiration Space site comply with guidance recently issued by the Government’s Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO).
There are several types of cookie that are used to keep track of information needed by a site user as they travel from page to page within a website.
Cookies can be used to track internet activity after the user has left a website. These are normally facilitated by organisations external to the website being visited and are generally known as ‘third-party’ cookies. They usually have a long lifetime with several months being quite common. They are ‘harvested’ and ‘refreshed’ whenever the user visits a page where the same or a similar cookie is being used.
We currently use Google Analytics to measure and analyse visitor information related to our web site. For that purpose, your IP address, Internet traffic data and data on your browser type and PC are collected using several cookies (_utma, _utmc, utmb, utmz):
_utma is used by Google Analytics to identify first-time site (‘unique’) visitors vs. returning visitors. It expires after two years
_utmc identifies unique visitors vs. returning visitors but expires when you close your browser.
_utmb is used for general visitor tracking and expires after 30 minutes.
_utmz tracks source visits (the origin of the visit). It expires after six months.
The domain specified in the cookie relates to the cookie’s owner (the “party”), who has set the cookie. The Inspiration Space cookies will have The Inspiration Space domain specified in a cookie. These are first-party cookies.
We sometimes embed media content from external websites, for example videos from YouTube, may provide cookies from these websites. Cookies may also be presented by external providers of a share content service, such as Facebook or Twitter.