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3. What cookies do we use and why?
We use the following types of cookies:
- Strictly necessary cookies – These are cookies that are essential for the operation of our website. These cookies remember information you have entered on forms when you navigate to different pages during a web browser session, identify you as being logged in to our website, etc.
- Performance cookies – These cookies allow us to recognise and count the number of visitors and to see how visitors move around on our website when they are using it. These cookies help us to improve the way the website works, for example, by ensuring that users are finding what they are looking for easily. These cookies provide statistics on how our website is used, help us improve the website by measuring any errors that occur, etc.
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Whether a cookie is considered as a ‘first’ or ‘third party’ cookie refers to the domain placing the cookie. First-party cookies are those cookies set by a website that is being visited by the user at the time (e.g. cookies placed by www.cpdportal-sw.org). Third-party cookies are cookies that are set by a domain other than that of the website being visited by the user. If a user visits a website and another entity sets a cookie through that website this would be a third-party cookie (e.g. Google Analytics).
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You can find more information about the individual cookies we use and the purposes for which we use them in the table below:
|_ga||www.twitter.com||Strictly necessary||Session||Used to distinguish users by our analytics provider Google Analytics so that we can see how people are using our site|
|eu_cn||www.twitter.com||Performance||1 Years||This cookie is set due to Twitter integration and sharing capabilities for the social media.|
|personalization_id||www.twitter.com||Performance||2 Years||This cookie is set due to Twitter integration and sharing capabilities for the social media.|
|tfw_exp||www.twitter.com||Performance||14 Days||This cookie is set due to Twitter integration and sharing capabilities for the social media.|
|jSGCacheBypass||www.plymouthstrategy.org||Functionality||1 hour||Used in relation to the caching functionality of our site (which speeds it up)|
|cookieconsent_status||www.plymouthstrategy.org||Functionality||1 Day||Used to remember your cookie storage preferences|
4. How to manage cookies?
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