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Visitors to our websites

When someone visits AELP we collect standard internet log information and details of visitor behaviour patterns. We do this to find out things such as the number of visitors to the various parts of the site. We collect this information in a way which does not identify anyone. We do not make any attempt to find out the identities of those visiting either of our websites (https://www.aelp.org.uk/ or http://forum.aelp.org.uk/). We will not associate any data gathered from this site with any personally identifying information from any source. If we do want to collect personally identifiable information through our website, we will be up front about this. We will make it clear when we collect personal information and will explain what we intend to do with it.

Use of cookies by AELP

Cookies are small text files that are placed on your computer by websites that you visit. They are widely used in order to make websites work, or work more efficiently, as well as to provide information to the owners of the site.

The table below explains the cookies we use and why.

Cookie Name Purpose More information
Google Analytics _utma
_utmb
_utmc
_utmz
These cookies are used to collect information about how visitors use our site. We use the information to compile reports and to help us improve the site. The cookies collect information in an anonymous form, including the number of visitors to the site, where visitors have come to the site from and the pages they visited. Click here for an overview of privacy at Google
Session cookie #1 user_sessionIdP
user_sessionIdS

This holds the harmless "session id" as identified by the webserver. This information is essential to the functionality of the website.

Note: cookie names ending with a "P" have a predefined expiration date however, there are some circumstances where either the web browser software is old (and cannot correctly interpret the cookie expiration date) or the computer clock is wrong. In these cases the AELP website is able to operate due to the fact that we additionally store "S" session cookies as well (session cookies do not have an expiration date specified and last only the length of the current browsing session only).

 
Session cookie #2 user_sessionPassP
user_sessionPassS

This is used to help verify that the user is allowed to use the session ID (helps prevent session hijacking).

The difference between the "P" and "S" cookies is mentioned previously.

 
Session cookie #3 user_sessionLongP
user_sessionLongS

This cookie stores the default length of time that a user will be logged in to the AELP website (note: this is relevant to logins only, not regular visitors). If the user has requested the facility to remain logged in then their browser session will remain open for 1 year (or until they next logout). The default period is 30 mins of inactivity.

The difference between the "P" and "S" cookies is mentioned previously.

 
Session cookie #4 loginLastId Records the username in plain text, so when the user tries to login again, the username field can be pre- filled based on the account which last successfully logged in on that computer.  
Security cookie csrfToken On some forms we protect the user against a cross site request forgery (CSRF) attacks by setting this cookie. View details on Wikipedia
CSS cookie styleSheetName Rarely used, but if the user changes the website into a different style sheet, this cookie will remember that setting.  
Twitter  

The AELP website uses the standard Twitter widget to display Twitter updates from the AELP account. If the AELP website visitor is additionally a Twitter user (and they are logged in) they will see some additional options on this widget (e.g. retweet button). If they are not logged in to Twitter and try to use Twitter widget facilities which require authentication, they will be prompted to login.

AELP do not make use of any of the Twitter cookie information. It is there simply to allow the official Twitter widget to operate for relevant users.

Details about Twitters widgets
Youtube  

Occasionally a YOUTUBE or VIMEO video may be embedded onto the AELP website (although, in many case we will link off to the website rather than embed as that is easier to do). In instances where the video is embedded, the third party (e.g. youtube) may write their own cookies depending on whether the website visitor is additionally logged to youtube.

Again, this information is not used by AELP, it is harmless and is solely there to allow the functionality to operate.

 

Most web browsers allow some control of most cookies through the browser settings. To find out more about cookies, including how to see what cookies have been set and how to manage and delete them, visit www.allaboutcookies.org.

To opt out of being tracked by Google Analytics across all websites visit http://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout.

YouTube cookies

We embed videos from our official YouTube channel using YouTube's privacy-enhanced mode. This mode may set cookies on your computer once you click on the YouTube video player, but YouTube will not store personally-identifiable cookie information for playbacks of embedded videos using the privacy-enhanced mode. To find out more please visit YouTube's embedding videos information page.