Use of cookies

4.1 Some of our web pages use cookies. A cookie is a text-only string of information that a website transfers to the cookie file of the browser on your computer's hard disk so that the website can remember who you are.

4.2 When you access our website or login to our secure area we send you an encrypted session cookie. A session cookie is a temporary cookie that only remains in the cookie file of your browser until you leave the site. This cookie is used to validate your access to different parts of the site.

4.3 This website uses Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google, Inc. Google Analytics uses cookies to help this website analyse how users use the site. 

Disabling/ Enabling Cookies

You have the ability to accept or decline cookies by modifying the settings in your browser. However, you will not be able to login to the website if cookies are disabled. You can also manually remove cookies from your system. For more information on disabling and enabling cookies you should search for or lookup 'Cookies' in your Operating System Documentation.

Transparency - our use of cookies

Cookies set by us
When you access our website or login to our secure area we send you an encrypted session cookie. A session cookie is a temporary cookie that only remains in the cookie file of your browser until you leave the site. This cookie is used to validate your access to different parts of the site.

 

Name of cookie

Expiry

Data Stored

Purpose

PHPSESSID

End of session

Session ID

Used for tracking the existence of your session on our website.

WAMUSER

End of session

Encrypted session ID

Created after login.  Used to validate your authenticated session throughout our secure online services.

ASP.NET_SessionId

End of session

Encrypted session state data

Created whenever you access one of our online applications.  Used to store state information for the application as it is used.

 

Third party cookies

Google Analytics
This website uses Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google, Inc. Google Analytics uses cookies to help us analyse how people use our site. 

Name of cookie

Expiry

Data Stored

Purpose

__utma

2 years from set / update

Google Analytics Unique ID number

Tracking data for Google Analytics.  Helps work out unique visitor numbers.

__utmb

30 minutes from set / update

Google Analytics Unique ID number

Tracking data for Google Analytics.  Helps work out visitor session length.

__utmbc

End of session

Google Analytics Unique ID number

Tracking data for Google Analytics.  Helps work out visitor session length and whether a session has expired.

__utmz

6 months from set / update

Google Analytics Unique ID tracking numbers

Tracking data for Google Analytics.  Used to work out referrals from other domains.

 

Brightcove
If you watch a video on our website, this is streamed to you from a video streaming platform hosted at Brightcove.

The following cookies are set by Brightcove when you watch one of these videos. Their purpose is to help us measure volumes of usage so we know how popular our videos are. 

Name of cookie

Expiry

Data Stored

Purpose

_tmcm

1 month

Brightcove unique ID number

Tracking data for Brightcove Analytics.  Helps work out unique visitor numbers and session lengths.

_ds

1 month

Brightcove unique ID number

Tracking data for Brightcove Analytics.  Helps work out unique visitor numbers and session lengths.

_tmid

1 month

Brightcove unique ID number

Tracking data for Brightcove Analytics.  Helps work out unique visitor numbers and session lengths.

 


Legal and privacy notices

Follow the links for more information on the Terms and Conditions of use of the BCS website (hereafter referred to as the "Terms and Conditions").


It should be noted when reading these Terms and Conditions that:

  1. those who access the website from locations outside of the United Kingdom are responsible for compliance with local laws if and to the extent that local laws are applicable;
  2. failure or delay by BCS to enforce compliance with the Terms and Conditions does not constitute a waiver of the Terms and Conditions;
  3. none of the Terms and Conditions shall be enforceable under Contracts (Rights of Third Parties) Act 1999 by any third party;
  4. any provisions of the Terms and Conditions found to be unlawful, void or unenforceable shall be deemed to be severable from the other provisions of the Terms and Conditions.