- Assist in controlling access to the STEG website and its resources where applicable– e.g. research outputs
- Improve the user experience on the website e.g. save log in information to avoid you having to log in and out
- Provide information to Google Analytics for website use statistics
This statement sets out to explain what Cookies are together with how and why STEG use them. We list all the cookies that are set on the STEG website and what information we store in them.
What are Cookies?
If the website you are visiting sets the Cookie, it is called a ‘first party cookie’. The domain is listed when you inspect Cookies and only the host domain that is listed has access to the information in that Cookie. When you see the domain ‘.cepr.org’ or ‘cepr.org, it is only CEPR (as we own this domain) that has access to the data held in the Cookie.
‘Third party Cookies’, as the name implies, are those set by Third Party service providers e.g. Twitter. Again, if you look at the host domain, it will tell you who set it and who has access to it. All Cookies are used to record data about the browsing experience and journey.
Some Cookies are essential to the basic operation of a modern web site. A good example on the CEPR site is ‘PHPSESSID’. CEPR sites use the Drupal framework to create the site and Drupal is written in a language called PHP. The Cookie labelled PHPSESSID stores essential ‘Session’ data used by PHP to manage interaction with the site.
Do I have to accept control cookies? Can I control them?
Every person has the right to use the settings in their browser to control Cookies, as well as express your preferences with third party services. It is therefore possible to accept or reject cookies. Before doing so, please be sure you understand the impact in respect of your use of the CEPR website.
If you are concerned about advertising and the STEG website, please do not be. We are a non-profit organisation that does not use Cookie data to target advertisements.
There are other organisations that help you make informed choices about things like targeted advertising and help you ‘opt out’. Here are a couple of links that you might be interested in exploring, including links to tools for opting out of advertising.
http://www.aboutads.info - General information about digital advertising and tools to help you opt out
http://www.youronlinechoices.com - General information about digital advertising and tools to help you opt out
https://allaboutdnt.com/ - Information about your browser and ‘Do Not Track’ status and tools.
The only Third party cookies used on CEPR websites are those from:
- Google Analytics. These Cookies are only used to track visitor statistics.
The Cookies we use
The specific types of first and third party cookies served through our Websites and the purposes they perform are described in further detail below:
First Party Cookies
These will be under the domain of .cepr.org and start with cepr_ e.g. cepr_ident. ALL of these Cookies are essential to using the website and should be accepted. It is not possible to use the CEPR website properly without these cookies being present. They store login and logout information to allow us to properly route and display the correct data for your account.
Third Party Cookies
These will be labelled _gid and _ga and they allow CEPR to track the use of the CEPR website through the Google Analytics service.
A variety of cookies are used by twitter and any cookie that has the ‘.twitter.com’ or ‘twitter.com’ domain name is set and used by Twitter to track the tweets that are displayed on the front page of the CEPR website.
In order to comply with bulk email legislation (i.e. rules surrounding sending ‘spam’ emails) , we use a reputable third party ‘Bulk Email’ supplier, MailChimp. To manage our email lists and ensure they are compliant with GDPR and general 'Anti Spam' regulations worldwide, we track, through MailChimp, the opening of these email through the use of a tracking technology called ‘Web Beacons’. These beacons are tiny graphic images (‘gifs’) and when they are downloaded, they tell us whether the email has been opened, along with other information like the whether the email was forwarded to a friend using a special link we put in the email.If the automated downloaded of images is not set on the email client, we do not receive this information.