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Why we use cookies

When you visit we use cookies to store details about your visit. We do this to:

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We encourage you to accept the cookies our website uses as some are needed for the site to work for you. And they also help us to improve the services the site and the Foundation provides you with.

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Cookies used

Name of system Cookie name What is the cookie used for? How long does the cookie persist for?
Google Analytics _ga Google Analytics sets cookies to help us accurately estimate the number of visitors to the website and volumes of usage. This to ensure that the website is available when you want it and fast. Two years
Javascript has_js Identifies whether a browser has Javascript enabled to display Javascript elements or go to non-Javascript . Expires at the end of the session
Cookies allowed cookie-agreed-en Stores the user’s response as to whether non-essential domain-specific cookies can be used. Three months
Performance improvements authcache Essential cookie used to improve caching performance for unauthenticated and authenticated users One month
Account login SESS_random_strin Used to identify your user session One month
Share This __uset
Allowing easy integration with numerous social networks, including Facebook, Google+, Twitter and LinkedIn. One day
One year
Google+ NID
Integration with the Google+ APIs sets various session cookies on the domain. These are used to transfer login and user information between different Google sites. 6 months
One month