Cookies Policy

What are cookies?

Cookies are small text files, usually consisting of letters and numbers that are stored on your computer or device when you visit a website. Cookies are used by websites and have a number of different functions - some are strictly necessary for the website to operate correctly, and some are optional.

Which cookies does this website use?

Our website uses both first and third-party cookies. First-party cookies are set by Ecology and third-party cookies are set by another site.

We use cookies to allow the website to work properly and these are considered strictly necessary so are always on (active). We also use cookies for performance and analysis, advertising and sometimes to interact with social networking sites. You can control your use of these cookies, but they are always turned off by default.

The tables below list the cookies we use on our website and explain why we use them. We believe in only gathering information that is necessary.

Strictly necessary cookies

These cookies are considered strictly necessary for the sites to function, are set by the Ecology website, and so are always on (active). They allow users to log in to their online account with Ecology and help us to identify we are dealing with the same user when they move from one page to the next while logged in. The user key within the cookie is encrypted for security and is destroyed when you close your browser.

CookiePlaced ByFunctionalityPurposeExpiration
CookieControlEcologyThis cookie is used to remember your Cookie choices from your first visit to the website.Essential1 Year
ProVisionCustomerSessionEcologyTo remember your login to Ecology Online.EssentialSession
_RequestVerificationTokenEcologyTo identify and secure the user logged into Ecology Online.EssentialSession
X-Mapping-*EcologyTo provide load balancing functionalityEssentialSession

 

Performance and Analysis Cookies

These cookies enable us to understand how users use our website, to understand where a user has come from and to help improve the way our site works. They are set by our analytics partners, Google and Hotjar. All information is aggregated and therefore anonymous. If you do not keep these cookies on, we will not be able to monitor the performance of our website.

CookiePlaced ByFunctionalityPurposeExpiration
SRCHDBing (Microsoft Advertising)This cookie is an analytics service that connects data from the Bing advertising network with actions performed on the website.Performance and Analysis2 Years
SRCHHPGUSERBing (Microsoft Advertising)This cookie is an analytics service that connects data from the Bing advertising network with actions performed on the website.Performance and Analysis2 years
SRCHUSRBing (Microsoft Advertising)This cookie is an analytics service that connects data from the Bing advertising network with actions performed on the website.Performance and Analysis2 Years
SRCHUIDBing (Microsoft Advertising)This cookie is an analytics service that connects data from the Bing advertising network with actions performed on the website.Performance and Analysis2 Years
_uetsidBing (Microsoft Advertising)This cookie is an analytics service that connects data from the Bing advertising network with actions performed on the website.Performance and Analysis2 Years
_uetvidBing (Microsoft Advertising)This cookie is an analytics service that connects data from the Bing advertising network with actions performed on the website.Performance and Analysis2 Years
_gaGoogle AnalyticsUsed to distinguish website users.Performance and Analysis2 Years
_gat_gtagGoogle AnalyticsUsed to analyse visitor browsing habits, flow, source and other information. Expires immediately.Performance and AnalysisImmediately
_gidGoogle AnalyticsUsed to distinguish website users.Performance and Analysis24 Hours
_hjAbsoluteSessionInProgressHotjarUsed to detect the first pageview session of a user.Performance and Analysis30 Minutes
_hjFirstSeenHotjarIdentifies a new user's first session.Performance and AnalysisSession
_hjSessionUser_HotjarSet when a user first lands on a page, and ensures data from subsequent visits to the same site are attributed to the same user ID.Performance and Analysis365 Days
_hjSession_HotjarHolds current session data, and ensures subsequent requests in the session window are attributed to the same session.Performance and Analysis30 Minutes
_hjTLDTestHotjarEnables Hotjar to try to determine the most generic cookie path to use, instead of page hostname. It means that cookies can be shared across subdomains.Performance and AnalysisSession
_hjIncludedInSessionSampleHotjarSet to determine if a user is included in the data sampling defined by your site's daily session limit.Performance and Analysis30 Minutes
_hjAbsoluteSessionInProgressHotjarUsed to detect the first pageview session of a user.Performance and Analysis30 Minutes

 

Advertising cookies

These cookies help make the advertisements you see on websites and platforms as relevant to the user as possible. This is based on users previous browsing activity and is called 'retargeting' or sometimes 'remarketing'.

CookiePlaced ByFunctionalityPurposeExpiration
MUIDMicrosoft ClarifyTo store and track visits across websites.Advertising and tracking1 Year
IDEGoogle DoubleclickUsed by Google DoubleClick to register and report the website user's actions after viewing or clicking one of the advertiser's ads with the purpose of measuring the efficacy of an ad and to present targeted ads to the user.
Advertising and tracking390 Days
_fbpFacebookTo store and track visits across websitesAdvertising and tracking3 months

 

Social networking cookies

These cookies are set by the social media provider (e.g. Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn) when you share or like a page on our website. The Ecology website does not currently use any social networking cookies. We will update this page if this situation changes.

How do I manage my cookies?

To view the cookies we use on our website and manage the optional cookies click here.

To find out more about cookies please visit the Information Commissioner’s Office (often referred to as ICO).