Cookie Policy

Cookie Policy

Cookie Policy

What are cookies?

Cookies are tiny text files that store information on your hard drive or browser when you visit certain web pages. South Lanarkshire College’s cookies automatically generate when you visit our website and allows the college to measure the usability and effectiveness of the website; when someone visits, we collect standardised internet log information such as the number of visitors to the various parts of the site. All of the information that is collated is anonymous. We do not collect or store personal data via the cookies used on the South Lanarkshire College website. You can, should you choose, disable the cookies from your browser and delete all cookies currently stored on your computer. You can find out how to do this for your particular browser by clicking “help” on your browser’s menu. More information on how to manage cookies can be found here.

Cookie Overview

The information below provides an overview of the cookies used by South Lanarkshire College, the purpose of the cookie , when it expires and a description of what we use it for.

Cookies by the South Lanarkshire College Website

Google Analytics Tracking – _utmz
1st Party
Persistent/6 months
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.

Google Analytics Tracking – _utma
1st Party
Persistent/2 years
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.

Google Analytics Tracking – _utmb
1st Party
Persistent/30 mins
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.

Google Analytics Tracking – _utmc
1st Party/Session
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 determin
e 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.

1st Party/Session
This is a cookie that is initialised every time a new visitor lands on the website. It is default Joomla and creates a browsing session for the user.

Facebook Cookies

act, csm, fr, p, presence, s, sub, x-src
3rd Party/Various Lifespans

These cookiesmakes the “Like” button work so the user can share content from the site on their Facebook page. For details of how Facebook use data please see their privacy policy at

Persistent/30 days
This cookie is used by Facebook to check your User ID and allows users to ‘Like’ pages on our site without logging in

Persistent/690 days
The datr cookie is created when a web browser accesses (e.g. When the user hits the like button), it helps Facebook identify suspicious login activity and keep users safe

Persistent/690 days
On single user computers, Facebook use the ‘lu’ cookie to prefill the user’s facebook e-mail address on the login screen if you they not explicitly logged out

Persistent/30 days
This is a session cookie set by Facebook. It creates unique ID for each visit.