Cookie policy

About cookies

A cookie is a file containing an identifier (a string of letters and numbers) that is sent by a web server to a web browser and is stored by the browser. The identifier is then sent back to the server each time the browser requests a page from the server.

Cookies may be either "persistent" cookies or "session" cookies: a persistent cookie will be stored by a web browser and will remain valid until its set expiry date, unless deleted by the user before the expiry date; a session cookie, on the other hand, will expire at the end of the user session, when the web browser is closed.

Cookies do not typically contain any information that personally identifies a user, but personal data that we store about you may be linked to the information stored in and obtained from cookies.

Cookies that we use

We use cookies for the following purposes:

  • Essential

    Cookies that are essential for us to provide a product or service you have requested and to provide a secure environment. Without cookies, we would be unable to provide these services. Other essential cookies keep our website secure. If you decline cookies, we will continue to use these essential cookies.

    Essential cookies are used to maintain online security, record your preference regarding our use of cookies on your device, and to deliver other services

  • Analysis

    We use cookies to help us to analyse the use and performance of our website and services. Cookies used for this purpose are:

    Analytical cookies
    Domain Name Expiry Information
    ac.uk,
    nihr.ac.uk
    _ga 2 years Used to distinguish users by Google Analytics – third-party analytics cookies: google analytics for statistical purposes. Type of data processed: IP addresses. To maximize the privacy of users/visitors, we use the “masking IP” feature, which imposes on the system the darkening of the last 8 digits of the IP address of the user/visitor before any type of processing is performed, making in fact the analyzed Purpose: to collect information, in aggregate form, on the number of users and on how they visit our site, to process statistics.
    Read Google's overview of privacy and safeguarding data
    nihr.ac.uk _gat 1 minute Used to throttle request rate by Google Analytics – third-party analytics cookies: google analytics for statistical purposes. Type of data processed: IP addresses. To maximize the privacy of users/visitors, we use the “masking IP” feature, which imposes on the system the darkening of the last 8 digits of the IP address of the user/visitor before any type of processing is performed, making in fact the analyzed Purpose: to collect information, in aggregate form, on the number of users and on how they visit our site, to process statistics. Read more
    nihr.ac.uk _gid 1 day Used to distinguish users by Google Analytics – third-party analytics cookies: google analytics for statistical purposes. Type of data processed: IP addresses. To maximize the privacy of users/visitors, we use the “masking IP” feature, which imposes on the system the darkening of the last 8 digits of the IP address of the user/visitor before any type of processing is performed, making in fact the analyzed Purpose: to collect information, in aggregate form, on the number of users and on how they visit our site, to process statistics. Read more
    ac.uk,
    nihr.ac.uk
    _hjAbsoluteSessionInProgress 0 This cookie is used by HotJar to detect the first pageview session of a user. This is a True/False flag set by the cookie.
    ac.uk,
    nihr.ac.uk
    _hjTLDTest Session When the Hotjar script executes we try to determine the most generic cookie path we should use, instead of the page hostname. This is done so that cookies can be shared across subdomains (where applicable). To determine this, we try to store the _hjTLDTest cookie for different URL substring alternatives until it fails. After this check, the cookie is removed.
    nihr.ac.uk _hjFirstSeen 0 Identifies a new user's first session on a website, indicating whether or not Hotjar's seeing this user for the first time.
    nihr.ac.uk _hjid 1 year Hotjar cookie. This cookie is set when the customer first lands on a page with the Hotjar script. It is used to persist the random user ID, unique to that site on the browser. This ensures that behaviour in subsequent visits to the same site will be attributed to the same user ID.
    bioresource.nihr.ac.uk,
    script.hotjar.com
    _hjIncludedInPageviewSample,
    _hjIncludedInSessionSample
    0 These cookies are set to let Hotjar know whether that visitor is included in the data sampling defined by your site's pageview limit.
    .youtube.com / .google.com 1P_JAR 30 days This cookie sets a unique ID to remember your preferences and other information such as website statistics and track conversion rates. Google’s policies can be viewed at https://policies.google.com/technologies/types
    .doubleclick.net IDE 30 days from set/update Used 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.

     

  • Social media

    We use cookies to show you our Tweets. Cookies used for this purpose are:

    Social media cookies
    Domain Name Expiry Information
    twitter.com _twitter_sess Session Twitter cookie used to collect anonymous data related to the user’s visits to the website, such as the number of visits, average time spent on the website and which pages have been loaded, with the purpose of personalising and improving the Twitter service. Read the Twitter cookie policy
    twitter.com personalization_id,
    guest_id
    2 years Twitter cookies that collect anonymous data and monitors how users navigate and interact with the site and Twitter services. For more information read the Twitter cookie policy
    twitter.com ads_pref 1,812 days These cookies are used by Twitter to track visitor activity from our Twitter ads on our website, and also to allow users to share content from our website. Twitter Cookie Policy Manage your cookies.
    twitter.com at_check Session This cookie is used by Twitter to test which content is more relevant to you, and show you personalised content based on your behaviour
    twitter.com mbox 720 days This cookie is used by Twitter to test which content is more relevant to you, and show you personalised content based on your behaviour
    twitter.com external_referer 7 days This cookie is used by Twitter services to monitor referral links and login status
    cdn.syndication.twimg.com lang Session This domain is owned by Twitter. The main business activity is: Social Networking Services. Where twitter acts as a third party host, it collects data through a range of plug-ins and integrations, that is primarily used for tracking and targeting. This cookie is used to remember your choice of language during the session.

     

  • Cookie consent

    We use cookies to store your preferences in relation to the use of cookies more generally. Cookies used for this purpose are:

    Cookie consent cookies
    Domain Name Expiry Information
    bioresource.nihr.ac.uk CookieControl 90 days This cookie is used to remember a user's choice about cookies on bioresource.nihr.ac.uk. Where users have previously indicated a preference, that user's preference will be stored in this cookie.


Cookies used by our service providers

Our service providers use cookies and those cookies may be stored on your computer when you visit our website.

  • We use Google Analytics. Google Analytics gathers information about the use of our website by means of cookies. The information gathered is used to create reports about the use of our website. You can find out more about Google's use of information by visiting https://www.google.com/policies/privacy/partners/ and you can review Google's privacy policy at https://policies.google.com/privacy.
  • We use Google Maps on our website to show you where our BioResource Centres are located. You can find out more about Google's use of information by visiting https://www.google.com/policies/privacy/partners/ and you can review Google's privacy policy at https://policies.google.com/privacy.
  • We use Hotjar to understand the behaviour of our website users and get their feedback through tools such as heatmaps, session recordings, and surveys.
  • We use YouTube to show videos within our content
  • We use Twitter to show you our tweets. This service uses cookies to apply market research to generate audience insights and to develop and improve products. You can view the privacy policy of this service provider at https://twitter.com/en/privacy.

    Cookies used by our service providers
    Domain Name Expiry Information
    youtube.com CONSENT 6,163 days YouTube is a Google owned platform for hosting and sharing videos. YouTube collects user data through videos embedded in websites, which is aggregated with profile data from other Google services in order to display targeted advertising to web visitors across a broad range of their own and other websites.
    youtube.com VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE 180 days This cookie is used as a unique identifier to track viewing of videos
    youtube.com YSC Session YouTube is a Google owned platform for hosting and sharing videos. YouTube collects user data through videos embedded in websites, which is aggregated with profile data from other Google services in order to display targeted advertising to web visitors across a broad range of their own and other websites.
    doubleclick.net test_cookie 1 day This domain is owned by Doubleclick (Google). The cookie is used to check that cookies can be set


Managing cookies

Most browsers allow you to refuse to accept cookies and to delete cookies. The methods for doing so vary from browser to browser, and from version to version. You can however obtain up-to-date information about blocking and deleting cookies via these links:

Blocking all cookies will have a negative impact upon the usability of many websites.

If you block cookies, you will not be able to use all the features on our website.

Cookie preferences

You can manage your preferences relating to the use of cookies on our website by clicking Manage your cookie settings

Amendments

We may update this cookie policy from time to time by publishing a new version on our website.

Our details

This website is owned and operated by NIHR BioResource.

Related pages

You might want to read these pages on our privacy and governance.

Our GDPR notice;

Our Confidentiality Notice: How we keep your information safe;

Our Participant Privacy Notice;

Our Governance and Ethics page.