Updated Friday, October 5, 2018.

This Cookies Policy describes what cookies are, how cookies are used on this website, and your choices regarding cookies on this website. Links to additional information and explanations about cookies are also provided.

For more information regarding the collection, processing, and storage of your information, please see our .

What Are Cookies?

A Cookie is a file which enables a website to save information relating to your computer’s or mobile’s browsing of the website (e.g. number of visits, numbers of pages viewed, etc.) to make your visits to the website smoother. Cookies can only be retrieved and their contents read by their parent website. Each cookie is unique to your web browser.

Cookies typically contain anonymous information, such as a unique identifier, the name of the website, and some characters and numbers. Cookies are not harmful to your computer and we do not use cookies to store any personal or sensitive information.

What Are Cookies Used For?

Websites use cookies for purposes such as remembering the usernames and preferences of visitors, as a basis for recommending specific content, or to analyze how well the site is performing.

Most websites use cookies to remember visitors and their preferences, either for a single visit, using a session cookie, or for multiple repeat visits, using a persistent cookie. Session cookies are deleted as soon as you close your browser, while persistent cookies remain on your computer or mobile device.

Cookies may be set by the site that you are visiting, termed first party cookies, or by third parties, such as those who serve content or provide analytics services, termed third party cookies.

How We Use Cookies

We use cookies sparingly. Our website does not feature any form of advertising, nor are user accounts and registration required to access any areas of the website. The absence of advertising and user accounts means that we do not require the functionality and targeting cookies commonly used by other websites.

Our website uses three types of cookies:

  1. Necessary cookies
  2. Functionality cookies
  3. Performance cookies

The purpose of these cookies is to:

  • Enable particular functionality on the site
  • Provide performance and visitor analytics
  • Store your preferences

We use both session and persistent cookies. The specific cookies in use are as follows.

1. Necessary cookies

These cookies are necessary in order for the website to function correctly. If you do not allow these cookies, some parts of the website may not work properly. The only way to disable these cookies is by changing your browser settings, as described in the following section.

Cookie Purpose Persistence
exp_csrf_token A security cookie used to identify the user and prevent Cross Site Request Forgery attacks. 2 hours
exp_flash User feedback messages, encrypted for security. 1 day
exp_last_activity Records the time of the last page load. Used in conjunction with the last_visit cookie. 1 year
exp_last_visit Date of the user’s last visit. 1 year
exp_remember Determines whether a user is automatically logged in upon visiting the site. 2 weeks
exp_visitor_consents Saves responses to consent requests. 1 year
exp_sessionid Session id, used to associate a logged in user with their data. 1–2 hours

2. Functionality cookies

These cookies help personalize content and functionality. The usage of this type of cookie on our website is very limited due to the absence of any form of user registration.

Cookie Purpose Persistence
exp_tracker Contains the last 5 pages viewed, encrypted for security. Typically used for form or error message returns. Expiry on browser close

3. Performance Cookies

These cookies allow us measure how visitors use our website, which pages are popular, and what our traffic sources are. This helps us improve how our website works. The information is aggregated and anonymous, and cannot be used to identify you.

Cookie Purpose Persistence
_ga Google Analytics cookie used to distinguish users. This cookie stores a randomly generated number as a unique client identifier (Client ID).
The ID is stored in the cookie and included with each hit/request that is sent to Google Analytics. This ID is subsequently used by Google Analytics servers to calculate user, session, and campaign data.
13 months
_gat Used to throttle the request rate for the service—limiting the collection of data on high traffic sites. 1 min
_gid Google Analytics cookie used to distinguish users. This cookie expires after twenty-four hours. 1 day

4. Data Retention

The cookies stored in your terminal or any other element used to identify you for statistics or audience purposes will have a reasonable life expectancy related to the purpose of the treatment envisaged within the limit of thirteen (13) months maximum, this period not being automatically extended during your new visits to our website. Beyond that, the raw attendance data associated with an identifier are either deleted or anonymized.

How to Control Cookies

You can at any time delete the cookies stored on your computer, object to the storage of new cookies and receive a notification before new cookies are stored by changing your browser settings using the instructions below.

Please note that if you remove a cookie, or object to the storage of cookies on your device, you may not be able to use some of the website’s services.

1. Manually Delete Cookies Stored on Your Computer

Windows Users: From the C:\ drive select the “Windows” folder, open the “Temporary internet Files” folder, select all the files (CTRL-A), right-click (or equivalent), and choose the “Delete” option.

2. Change Your Browser Settings to Reject or Be Informed of the Storage of Cookies

Cookies can be controlled from the settings of most web browsers. To find out more, please visit the support website for your browser, or use the help function.

For other web browsers not listed here, further information can be found at their official websites.

3. Other Methods for Controlling Cookies

  • You can opt out of Google’s use of cookies by updating your .
  • The is available for Microsoft Internet Explorer 11, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Apple Safari, and Opera. This add-on allows users to prevent their activity from being tracked by Google Analytics.
  • You can opt out of cookies used by members of the Network Advertising Initiative from their .

More Information about Cookies

You can learn more about cookies at the following third-party websites: