21 May 2012
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Cookies by 3rd party platforms and sites
To support our content publication, we sometimes embed photos and video content from websites such as You Tube and Flickr. As a result, when you visit a page with content embedded from, for example, You Tube or Flickr, you may be presented with cookies from these websites. We do not control the dissemination of these cookies.
Cookies set up by Sharing Tools
We would like to draw your attention to the fact many of our websites now carry embedded ‘share’ buttons to enable users of the site to easily share articles with their friends through a number of popular social networks. These sites may set a cookie when you are also logged in to their service. The British Council does not control the dissemination of these cookies and you should check the relevant third party website for more information about these.
You can find more information about the individual cookies we use and the purposes for which we use them in the table below:
Cookies that we store
Events and projects we are supporting within the programme:
|Source of Cookie [name of cookie]||Purpose|
|Webtrends is an independent 3rd party analytics platform that we use on most of our websites to count visitors to our websites and analyse their usage of the site to help us determine the value of our content to our users.|
|Google Analytics [_utma, _utmb, _utmc, _utmz]||We use Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google, Inc. that we use on most of some of our websites to count visitors to our websites and analyse their usage of the site to help us determine the value of our content to our users.|
|Drupal CMS [has_js]||A cookie used by Drupal to detect whether the AJAX can be used.|
Turning off Cookies
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