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  What is a cookie?
What will a cookie do for me?
What if I do not accept cookies?
Why do Visiting Cornwall use cookies?
Turning off, disallowing,disabling or deleting cookies
List of the different types of cookies used by Visiting Cornwall

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A new UK Cookie Regulation was officially announced on 20th May 2011 and is being enforced since May 2012. It says that website owners must gain a visitor’s consent that they will be tracked by cookies on that website.

We want to help explain what cookies are, the different types, why Visiting Cornwall use them and how they affect your web experience.

What is a cookie?

A cookie is a piece of information which a website transfers to the cookie file of the browser on your computer. The browser then saves the information and sends it back to the website server. When that browser returns to the same website the cookie will recognise the user.

A cookie will typically contain details such as the domain from which the cookie has come from, a value which is usually a random unique number as an identifier and the lifetime (expiry) of the cookie.

There are 3 types of cookies used on this website:
  • Session Cookies: allowing us to “remember” content from page to page (these expire when you leave the website or close the browser). This helps to provide some of our website statistics, such as number of pages viewed and length of time on website.
  • Persistent Cookies: which define “Time To Live” and help us to determine your preferences (these will expire after the “Time To Live” period). This helps to provide other website statistics sush as returning visitors.
  • Third Party Cookies: these are cookies from any other domain, such as recommended product and advertising services.


What will a cookie do for me?

Almost every web site utilises cookies. uses cookies to keep track of items within your shopping basket (for those purchasing advertising space) and to enable us to receive referral payment if a visitor clicks on advertisements to go to the advertisers website. Each web site utilises unique cookies, which essentially means that the cookies used by one site cannot be used by another.

What if I do not accept cookies?

If you choose not to accept a cookie you will not be able to purchase any products online. Also, some of our web statistics will be completely inaccurate.

Why do Visiting Cornwall use cookies?

Visiting Cornwall wants to provide a good visitor experience on the website and here’s an example of how cookies can allow this to happen:

Shopping Experience:
To remember the items that you have added to your basket to make the checkout process easier when you return back to the website.
Show you relevant content such as product recommends depending on your browser and buyer behaviour.
User Behaviour:
Website analytics to track website visits and clicks for pages visited with hourly transaction volume. This allows us to see how our visitors like to use our website and which pages or functions they prefer. This allows us to continually improve our service and add information to the more popular pages.
Third Party:
Selected partner cookies which track where the users visit originated from. This allows them to see where their visitors originated from, especially where they are advertising on partner sites, and helps prevent fraud and detect spammers.

Turning off, disallowing,disabling or deleting cookies

The majority of internet browsers provide an option to disallow cookies. You can usually find how to do this in the help menu for your browser. Cookies can also be deleted by using your internet browser, but you must disallow otherwise they will be reapplied the next time you visit a website. Find out more about controlling cookies.

List of the different types of cookies used by Visiting Cornwall

Cookie Type Cookie Name Description Purpose
First Party Persistent Cookies __qca Quantcast, a digital advertising company. They provide website rankings, and the data they collect is also used for audience segmentation and targeted advertising.
First Party Persistent Cookies __utma, __utmb, __utmz Google Analytics These cookies lasts for 2 years by default and distinguish between users and sessions. They are used to calculate new and returning visitor statistics. The cookies are updated every time data is sent to Google Analytics. The lifespan of the cookie can be customised by website owners but Visiting Cornwall stick with the default settings.
Third Party Cookie BT, TID_PIC Tradedoubler When a user clicks an affiliate link, a small text file is written, a "cookie", to the user's browser. This cookie holds our affiliate ID, which can be identified at the suppliers order page to credit us for referred sales. The cookie that records our affiliate ID can "live" for as long as the advertiser desires, allowing us to get credit for customers who clicked on a link days ,or weeks, before finally purchasing or making a repeat purchase. These cookies expire in 30 days.
Third Party Cookie d, mc Quantserve may set cookies for your web browser as you visit They have a life-span of 90 days and are used for targeting advertisements on the Visiting Cornwall website.
Third Party Cookie hsid, pref, sid, visitor_info1_live YouTube These cookies are used to deliver adverts more relevant to you and your interests. They are also used to limit the number of times you see an advertisement as well as help measure the effectiveness of the advertising campaign. They are usually placed by advertising networks with the website operator's permission. They remember that you have visited a website and this information is shared with other organisations such as advertisers. Quite often targeting or advertising cookies will be linked to site functionality provided by the other organisation.
Third Party Cookie session-id, session-id-time, ubid-acbuk Used by Amazon in conjunction with context specific links to Amazon from text and images on to ensure that sales commission is correctly attributed to Visiting Cornwall
Third Party Cookie __cfduid Cookie assoiated with sites using CloudFlare, used to speed up page load times.
Third Party Cookie _twitter_sess Twitter does not currently provide information on the use of specific cookies.
Third Party Cookie PHPSESSID Cookie generated by applications based on the PHP language. This is a general purpose identifier used to maintain user session variables. It is normally a random generated number, how it is used can be specific to the site, but a good example is maintaining a logged-in status for a user between pages.
Third Party Cookie UID, UIDR scorecardresearch These cookies are used to deliver adverts more relevant to you and your interests.
Third Party Cookie BNETSESSID This cookies is used to deliver Bravenet functionality like our guestpage. They expire on leaving our website.
We place cookies on behalf of Affiliate Window (AW). By clicking on a Merchant Link from AW, you will be directed to the Merchant‟s website via the AW internet domains and that these domains use Cookies.
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