Cookies

What are cookies?

Cookies are pieces of information that a website transfers to your computer or device when you visit a website. Cookies do not personally identify users but they do identify a user’s computer/device. Some cookies can be used to enhance a user’s experience of a website. Certain cookies are essential for a website to function properly on a user’s computer/device. Other cookies will provide website usage information that website owners need, for example the number of visits a website receives over a given period. 

The use of cookies has become normal practice and many websites use them to provide useful features for their users. However, users (computer/device owners) can stop or delete some or all cookies, and website owners are required by law to display this information.

Our Cookies

Most browsers are initially set to accept cookies so our website will issue cookies on access or upon logging in. By continuing to view our website you are accepting our use of cookies. If you prefer, you can set your browser to refuse cookies by activating the setting on your browser. You can also stop or delete our cookies (see ‘How to stop cookies’ section below the table). If you select this setting, then you may be unable to access certain parts or functionality of our site.

The table below lists the cookies currently used on our website and their purpose: 

Cookie NameSet by this websitePurpose
Drupal.tableDrag.showWeightSTEPThis allows our website CMS, to preserve display preferences of users, especially regular users such as our members. This cookie is not essential but improves user experience.
Drupal.toolbar.collapsedSTEPThis allows our website CMS, to preserve display preferences of users, especially regular users such as our members. This cookie is not essential but improves user experience.
SESS…STEPThis is a session ID cookie allowing for the proper functioning of our website for authenticated users (STEP member login). This cookie does not start for anonymous users but is essential for logged in users.
has_jsSTEP‘has_js’ cookies inform our content management system whether you have JavaScript capabilities. Content can then be delivered to your browser accordingly depending on your settings. It is mainly to ensure proper functioning of our site on your computer.

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Google Analytics

These cookies are set by Google Analytics. We use Google Analytics to understand our website usage, for example to see how many people visit our website and what they look at so that we can improve the user experience. These cookies collect usage information only, they do not identify users. If you do not want these cookies to track your usage you can stop them. Find out more about Google Analytics cookies and privacy from Google

How to stop cookies?

Most internet browsers, particularly recent versions, allow users to control cookies. The following websites have handy information about stopping, deleting and controlling cookies:

  1. About Cookies website
  2. All About Cookies website
  3. Opt out of Google Analytics tracking