Changes in the law mean that from 26 May 2011, we need your permission to save cookies on your machine. Please read the following carefully and email us - firstname.lastname@example.org - if you have any questions.
What are cookies?
Cookies are small files that contain text. They are sent to your browser (for example Internet Explorer or Firefox) and stored on your computer's hard disk. Their contents only identify your computer and not you personally.
What cookies are used by our family of websites?
The Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority runs a number of websites:
Google Analytics cookies
The cookies we use from Google Analytics are web analytics cookies. The Google Analytics cookies contain randomly generated IDs used to recognise your browser when you read a page and contain no personal information. Any information recorded by these cookies is amalgamated with all information recorded from all website visitors - we don’t know who you are personally.
These cookies are used to collect statistics about site usage and information is used to improve the user experience on our website.
The Google Analytics cookies are called _utma, _utmb, _umtc and _utmz. They will appear in the list of cookies under yorkshiredales.org.uk in your cookie file.
- __utma tracks whether you have visited the website before. It is set to expire two years after your last visit.
- __utmb establishes a ‘user session’ and tracks which pages you look at on this visit to the website. It is set to expire 30 minutes after your last visit.
- __utmc is connected with _utmb and expires when you closed your browser, rather than just visit another website.
- __utmz tracks whether you have come to the website from a search engine, another website or have typed the web address directly into your browser. It is set to expire six months after it was last set.
We encourage you to accept the cookies our website uses as they help us to improve the user experience for you and many others. If you do not want Google Analytics to collect information about the web pages you visit, you can add the Google Analytics Opt-out Browser Add-on. This is a small piece of software that Google have created that you must install on top of your browser. Full instructions are available at https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout?hl=en.
High contrast version and change text size cookies
On our websites you may also have the option to view a high contrast version or to increase the text size. When you select either of these options for the first time you will be asked if you would like to accept the related cookies. These functions will not work if you do not accept cookies as the cookies stored on your computer remember what version of the website you want to see. Without the cookies you will just see the normal version of our website. If you delete these cookies and want to use the function again, you will once again be asked to accept them.
The cookies used for these functions are as follows:
- TextCookieAccept indicates whether you have agreed to use the text re-sizing and have the relevant cookies stored on your computer. It will contain one of the values 'true' or 'false' and is set to expire two years after you initially agree to the text resizing cookie being stored on your computer.
- textsizestyle stores the size of text that you would like the website to appear in. Contains the text 'size1', 'size2' or 'size3', and is set to expire one year after you change the size of the text on our website.
- ContrastCookieAccept indicates whether you have agreed to view the high contrast version of the website and have the associated cookies stored on your computer. It will contain one of the values 'true' or 'false' and is set to expire two years after you initially agree to the text resizing cookie being stored on your computer.
- contrast stores either '0' or '1' to indicate whether you are viewing the normal or high contrast version of the website, and is set to expire one year after you change switch between website versions.
The software systems that we use to build our websites create session cookies. These contain a randomly generated string of letters and numbers such as '1hq3a10tsg05n7m3umdpml54o1' that recognises your browser but does not personally identify you. These cookies are used enhance your experience of the website by remembering choices you have made in certain site functions. For example, remembering terms you have entered into the site search.
These session cookies only exist until the end of your session - they are deleted automatically from your computer when you close your web browser.
The names of the sessions for our sites are as follows:
- www.yorkshiredales.org.uk - SQ_SYSTEM_SESSION
- www.natureinthedales.org.uk - SQ_SYSTEM_SESSION
- www.godales.org.uk - ANONID
- www.mtbthedales.org.uk - ANONID
- www.cyclethedales.org.uk - ANONID
- www.outofoblivion.org.uk - ASPSESSIONIDAQSQDDDC
Cookie set when you do not reject our cookies
If you do not disagree to us saving cookies on your computer, we will also create one called generalCookiesAccept. This contains the value 'true' to ensure that our cookies information banner will not appear on every page of our website that you view. This cookie is set to expire five years after your first visit to our website.
Third party cookies
Such content will create cookies on your computer and the best way to reject them is to change your settings in the privacy section of your browser options. See "To delete cookies or reject cookies" below for more details.
"Like many websites, we use "cookie" technology to collect additional website usage data and to improve our Services, but we do not require cookies for many parts of our Services such as searching and looking at public user profiles or lists. A cookie is a small data file that is transferred to your computer's hard disk. Twitter may use both session cookies and persistent cookies to better understand how you interact with our Services, to monitor aggregate usage by our users and web traffic routing on our Services, and to customize and improve our Services. Most Internet browsers automatically accept cookies. You can instruct your browser, by changing its settings, to stop accepting cookies or to prompt you before accepting a cookie from the websites you visit. However, some Services may not function properly if you disable cookies."
AddThis.com adds a number of cookies that are used to enhance their functionality and for web analytics. These include:
- uid that records a uniquely assigned computer generated user ID.
- uvc that is used by AddThis to measure how often users make use of the AddThis facilities.
- __atuvc is used by AddThis to record user sharing and social activity.
To delete cookies or reject cookies
If you do not want to receive cookies from this website, select cookie settings under the privacy settings in your browser options, then add our domain to the list of websites you do not want to accept cookies from. Under settings you can also delete individual cookies or any cookies that your browser has stored. You can find more information on how to delete and control cookies at www.aboutcookies.org.
Find out more
If you would to learn more about the New EU cookie law (e-Privacy Directive) please visit the website of the Information Commissioner’s Office.