Last Updated: March 24, 2016
What are ‘cookies’?
'Cookies' are text files that are stored by the browser on your computer or mobile phone. They allow websites to store such things as user preferences. Cookies are useful because they allow a website to recognize a user's device and to make the site work better for you. They also help FOSI understand how people use the website.
FOSI uses first party cookies for analytical purposes and third party cookies when embedded videos are played from YouTube.
FOSI uses 'analytics' cookies to help make our website better for those who visit it regularly. Analytics cookies help to establish what users like and do not like, as well as how we can improve user experience. Every time a user visits our website, web analytics software provided by a third party generates an anonymous analytics cookie. These cookies can tell us whether or not they have visited the site before. Their browser will tell us if they have these cookies, and if not, we generate new ones. This allows us to track how many individual unique users we have, and how often they visit the site.
FOSI embeds videos from our official YouTube channel using YouTube’s privacy-enhanced mode. This mode may set cookies on your computer once you click on the YouTube video player, but YouTube will not store personally-identifiable cookie information for playbacks of embedded videos using the privacy-enhanced mode. To find out more please visit YouTube’s embedding videos information page.
How do I turn cookies off?
Users can chose to restrict or block cookies set by us, or any other website. This can be done through your browser settings or by following the third party’s opt-out options, accessible via their respective websites.
Google Analytics, DoubleClick by Google and Google Dynamic Remarketing:
Cookies used on FOSIgrid.org
This cookie is typically written to the browser upon the first visit to your site from that web browser. If the cookie has been deleted by the browser operator, and the browser subsequently visits your site, a new __utma cookie is written with a different unique ID. This cookie is used to determine unique visitors to your site and it is updated with each page view. Additionally, this cookie is provided with a unique ID that Google Analytics uses to ensure both the validity and accessibility of the cookie as an extra security measure.
2 years from set/update.
This cookie is used to establish and continue a user session with your site. When a user views a page on your site, the Google Analytics code attempts to update this cookie. If it does not find the cookie, a new one is written and a new session is established. Each time a user visits a different page on your site, this cookie is updated to expire in 30 minutes, thus continuing a single session for as long as user activity continues within 30-minute intervals. This cookie expires when a user pauses on a page on your site for longer than 30 minutes. You can modify the default length of a user session with the _setSessionCookieTimeout() method.
30 minutes from set/update.
This cookie is no longer used by the ga.js tracking code to determine session status. Historically, this cookie operated in conjunction with the __utmb cookie to determine whether or not to establish a new session for the user. For backwards compatibility purposes with sites still using the urchin.js tracking code, this cookie will continue to be written and will expire when the user exits the browser. However, if you are debugging your site tracking and you use the ga.js tracking code, you should not interpret the existence of this cookie in relation to a new or expired session.
This cookie stores the type of referral used by the visitor to reach your site, whether via a direct method, a referring link, a website search, or a campaign such as an ad or an email link. It is used to calculate search engine traffic, ad campaigns and page navigation within your own site. The cookie is updated with each page view to your site.
6 months from set/update.