The Teachers Guild's Cookies Policy ("Cookies Policy") was last updated on January 26, 2016.
A cookie is a small file of letters and numbers that we store on your browser or the hard drive of your computer if you browse our site and agree. Cookies contain information that is transferred to your computer's hard drive. You are always free to decline our cookies if your browser permits, although in that case you may not be able to use certain features of the Site and you may be required to re-enter your password or login information more frequently.
We use the following cookies:
- Strictly necessary cookies. These are cookies that are required for the operation of our Site. They include, for example, cookies that enable you to log into secure areas of our Site.
- Analytical/performance cookies. They allow us to recognise and count the number of visitors and to see how visitors move around our Site when they are using it. This helps us to improve the way our Site works, for example, by ensuring that users are finding what they are looking for easily.
- Functionality cookies. These are used to recognise you when you return to our Site. This enables us to personalise our content for you, greet you by name and remember your preferences (for example, your choice of language or region).
- Targeting cookies. These cookies record your visit to our Site, the pages you have visited and the links you have followed. We will use this information to make our Site more relevant to your interests, but also to ensure that we are aligning our Site in the best way with our target visitors.
You can find more information about the individual cookies we use and the purposes for which we use them in the table below:
Here are the cookies and what they do:
We use the following Google Analytics cookies:
- SPRING_SECURITY_REMEMBER_ME_COOKIE: This cookie is used when you tick the “remember me” option when logging in. It lets you use the Site for a longer period of time without the need to log in again after closing your browser.
- AWSELB: This cookie is used by Amazon, who host our Site, to improve the function of the servers by distributing user traffic across multiple web servers. This minimises downtime, interruptions and slowing of the Site.
- JSESSIONID: This cookie is used by us to ensure the user journey is a smooth one.
- GOOGLE ANALYTICS: We also use the following Google Analytics on our Site:
- _utma:This cookie tracks users including a user’s first or most recent visit. This cookie tracks the day of a user’s visit
- _utmb: _utmb and _utmc below: track new sessions and visits to the Site, including the length of the visit, arrival and exit times of users.
- _utmc: Please see _utmb above, it works together with _utmc
- _utmz: This cookie analyses how a user reached the Site, which site they came from and their geographical location.
- _ga: Google Analytics cookie. The _ga cookie is used to uniquely identify you as a visitor to this Site. This is achieved by generating two random 32-bit numbers and setting them in a cookie - no personal information or data is tracked.
- _gat: Google Analytics cookie. The _gat cookie is used to share certain information back with Google.
To opt out of being tracked by Google Analytics across all websites visit http://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout.
- Identify our visitors across multiple pages / sessions.
- Display the correct content to our visitors
Hotjar creates the following four persistent cookies, which expire automatically after 365 days:
- _hjClosedSurveyInvites: This cookie is set once a visitor interacts with a Survey invitation popup. It is used to ensure that the same invite does not re-appear if it has already been shown.
- Hot Jar_hjUserId: This cookie is set as soon as a user loads a page which contains the Hotjar code. The cookie contains a universally unique identifier (UUID) which allows Hotjar to track the same visitor across multiple pages and sessions.
- _hjDonePolls: This cookie is set once a visitor completes a poll using the Feedback Poll request. It is used to ensure that the same poll does not re-appear if the Visitor has already been filled it in.
- _hjMinimizedPolls: This cookie is set once a visitor minimizes a Feedback Poll request. It is used to ensure that the popup stays minimised when the visitor navigates through our site.
- _hjDoneTestersWidgets: This cookie is set once a visitor submits their information in a request popup to help us improve aspects of the site. It is used to ensure that the same form does not re-appear if it has already been filled in.
- _hjMinimizedTestersWidgets: This cookie is set once a visitor minimises a request popup. It is used to ensure that the widget stays minimised when the visitor navigates through our Site.
- _hjDoneSurveys: This cookie is set once a visitor completes a survey. It is used to only load the survey content if the visitor hasn't completed the survey yet.
Hotjar also creates the following session cookie, which only exists until a visitor ends their session:
- _hjIncludedInSample: This session cookie is set to let Hotjar know whether that visitor is included in the sample which is used to generate information about how effective hotjar cookies have been.
We also use User activity, including Users’ My Profile, on the Site to do internal research with the potential to improve the Site and future Collaborations. We may also track the URL that you came to the Site from (whether this URL is on the Site or not), which URL you next go to (whether this URL is on the Site or not), your computer browser information, and your IP address. We do all of these things to better understand, protect and serve you and the Site and to be able to investigate any allegations against you or us.
By using our Site (through any device) you agree that this Cookies Policy applies to that use in addition to any other terms and conditions which may apply. By using our Site you agree that we can place these types of cookies on your device, however you can block these cookies using your browser settings. Again, you can block these cookies if your browser settings allow.
We reserve the right to make changes to our Cookies Policy. Your continued use of the Site is taken as meaning that you agree to any such changes.
You can also block cookies by activating the setting on your browser that allows you to refuse the setting of all or some cookies. However, if you use your browser settings to block all cookies (including essential cookies) you may not be able to access all or parts of our site. For guidance on removing cookies using your browser, please visit www.aboutcookies.org.