Cookie Policy

This policy explains what cookies we use and why we use them. We recommend that you read the policy fully. For more details about your personal data please refer to our Privacy Policy.

  1. What Are Cookies?

Cookies are a small text file that is placed on your computer, tablet or mobile phone when you access our website. They are not harmful to your devices (like a virus or malicious code) and allow you to use many of the useful features of our website.

  1. How Do We Use Cookies?

In the table below we set out what cookies we use on our website and how they are used. To read the table it is useful to know the following:

  1. Cookies have a lifetime. Some only last until you close your browser or a short time. These are called ‘session cookies’. Some last longer though, for example, to enable a website to recognise you when you return to them. These are called ‘persistent cookies’.
  2. Cookies placed directly by a website owner (like us) are known as ‘first party cookies’ and most modern websites also use technology provided by other people/businesses, for example to provide online advertising. Cookies placed by other parties are known as ‘third party cookies’.
Cookie name
What is it used for?
Other information
Strictly necessary cookies

What are they? These cookies are essential to enable you to move around our website and use its features, such as accessing secure areas of the website.

Research_location_search

When you use our search functionality to find research being carried out near to you, this cookie is used to remember the location you searched.

This is a first party, persistent cookie that will expire in 30 days.

_cfduid

This cookie is used to override any security restrictions based on the IP address you are accessing our website from. For example, if you are in a coffee shop where there are infected machines, but your machine is known and trusted, then the cookie can override the security setting.

This is a third party cookie.

PHPSESSID

This keeps track of your session when using the website and can keep you logged-in between pages.

This is a first party, session cookie.

Performance cookies

What are they? These cookies collect information about how you use our website, for example which pages you go to most often and if you get an error message. These cookies are used to improve how our website works.

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-utmz

_ga

_gat

These cookies enable Google Analytics software to work which helps us to take and analyse visitor information such as browser usage (e.g. how long you spend on our website, when you start and finish, the amount of times you visit, when your previous visit was, what searched engine you used, what link you clicked on or keyword you used). This information enables us to produce reports to help us improve our website, your experience and to make our marketing activity more relevant. Please note, the data stored by these cookies can only be seen by us and Google.

The _gat cookie limits the collection of data if the traffic is high on our website.

These are persistent first party cookies.

 

  1. How Can You Manage Cookies?

By continuing to use our website you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To manage all cookies placed on your computer, mobile phone or tablet device through your web browser settings, please consult your browser’s guide or visit www.allaboutcookies.org or www.aboutcookies.org for more information. Some browsers are more sophisticated than others in managing these technologies, so if you want greater controls, it would be worth comparing a few of them. To manage cookies on your mobile phone please refer to your user manual.

If you are particularly concerned about third party cookies, you can often opt-out directly (such as Google Analytics, please visit https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout). Note, these providers may use cookies to power their opt-out service, so if you change your browser settings to block all cookies, their opt-out service may cease to work and you may still receive adverts.

Our website is designed to use cookies, so if you choose not to allow cookies you may not be able to access all of the features we provide (particularly if you are using a public computer), your browsing experience may become less personal to you and contain more error messages.

  1. Updates To This Cookie Policy

We regularly review the cookies we and our suppliers use to continually improve our services to you. As a result, we will need to change this policy from time to time to keep it accurate and up to date. If we change this policy, we will tell you. That way you can check to see if you are happy with our new policy and adjust your browser settings if you want to before proceeding any further. Please look out for these notices in future when you are using our website.

  1. Contact Us

If you want any further information about our approach to cookies and similar technologies, our website in general or have any other privacy questions relating to us, we’d be happy to help you. Our contact details are email: dataprotection@researchopinions.com, tel: 0161 234 9940, address: 3 Canal Street, Manchester, M1 3HE.

Thank you for taking the time to visit our website and reading about our use of cookies.

Happy and safe browsing!