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Cookie Policy

When we provide services, we want to make them easy, useful and reliable. Where services are delivered on the internet, this sometimes involves placing small amounts of information on your device, for example, computer or mobile phone. These include small files known as cookies. They cannot be used to identify you personally.

These pieces of information are used to improve services for you through, for example:

  • enabling a service to recognise your device so you don't have to give the same information several times during one task
  • recognising that you may already have given a username and password so you don't need to do it for every web page requested
  • measuring how many people are using services, so they can be made easier to use and there's enough capacity to ensure they are fast

Our use of cookies

Cookies to enhance your experience

We set a session cookie that allows us to maintain the state of your visit whilst viewing our web site. This may include a user preference or current progress in a series of steps.

Name Typical content Expiry
PHPSESSID randomly generated alphanumeric identifier when user exits browser

Cookies for improving service

Google Analytics sets cookies to help us accurately estimate the number of visitors to the website and volumes of usage. This is to make sure that the BIALL website is providing the best possible service to our visitors. 

Name Typical content Expiry
_utma randomly generated number 2 years
_utmb randomly generated number 30 minutes
_utmc randomly generated number when user exits browser
_utmz randomly generated number + info on how the site was reached (e.g.
directly or via a link, organic search or paid search)
6 month

For further details on the cookies set by Google Analytics, please refer to the Google website

Cookies for our members area

Our members area sets cookies so that you do not need to fill in your login details as you move from page to page. 

Name Typical content Expiry
authUserId unique numeric identifier when user exits browser
authPasswd calculated alphanumeric hash when user exits browser

Social media

We also use social media buttons and/or plugins on this site that allow you to connect with your social network in various ways. For these to work the following social media sites including; Facebook, Twitter; will set cookies through our site which may be used to enhance your profile on their site or contribute to the data they hold for various purposes outlined in their respective privacy policies.

Add This

In particular, we make use of 'add this' buttons to make it easier for you to share content from the website with others via email or social networks. 

For further details on the cookies set by Add This, please refer to the Add This website.