Cookie Policy

What are cookies?

Cookies are small text files that can be used by web sites to make a user’s experience more efficient.

The law states that we can store cookies on your machine if they are essential to the operation of this site but that for all others we need your permission to do so.

The CIOB website(s) does use some non-essential cookies. We do not do this to track individual users or to identify them, but to gain useful knowledge about how the site is used so that we can keep improving it for our users. Without the knowledge we gain from the systems that use these cookies we would not be able to provide the service we do.

Although cookies cannot carry viruses, and cannot install malware on the host computer, tracking cookies and especially third-party tracking cookies are commonly used as way to compile long-term records of individuals’ browsing histories – a major privacy concern that prompted European and US law makers to take action.


Cookies we use

  • SESSxxxID

Authentication session to prevent having to login multiple times in one browser session.

  • has_js

This helps the website understand browser Javascript functionality.

Also informs the content management system whether you have javascript enabled in your browser settings.

It can deliver content in a suitable way depending on your settings. It expires when you close the browser

  • Google Analytics cookies

__utma Used to determine unique visitors by Google Analytics

__utmb Used to maintain session for Google Analytics

__utmc Used to maintain session for Google Analytics

__utmz Used by Google Analytics to track referrals and search engine results

__utmv Used by Google Analytics to track custom variables

  • AddThis cookies

uid, psc, dt, _atuvc, loc, uit

  • .ASP.NET_sessionId

This cookie contains the user’s session ID and the cookie will expire at the end of the session


This states that the user is logged in, contains some information about who the user is


Further reading/ help

To read about what the ICO’s guidelines are with regards to cookies, please visit their websiteMore information about cookies, including how to block them or delete them, can be found at this link.You can also contact the CIOB web team on + 44 (0) 1344 630 738, Monday to Thursday, between 9:00 and 17:00 or between 9:00 and 16:45 on Fridays, or email [email protected]