What are Cookies?
Cookies are text files containing small amounts of information which are downloaded to your device when you visit a website. There are different types of cookies: some are essential for the site to operate properly, whereas others are aimed at enhancing and personalising your user experience. Cookies can help us to understand how consumers are interacting with our website, which helps us to improve our site and deliver a better service to you.
What Cookies do we use?
Strictly necessary Cookies
Generally, these cookies will be essential first-party session cookies. Not all first-party session cookies will fall into the strictly necessary category for the purposes of the Cookie legislation. Strictly necessary cookies will generally be used to store a unique identifier to manage and identify the user as unique to other users currently viewing the website, in order to provide a consistent and accurate service to the user.
These cookies are essential in order to enable you to move around the website and use its features, such as signing-up to receive emails from us.
These cookies generally collect information about how visitors use our website, for instance which pages visitors go to most often, and the pages that they don’t. This helps us to understand and improve the site so it is easy to use and includes helpful content. They allow us to fix bugs or glitches on the website. These cookies don’t collect information that identifies visitors, so we can’t identify you. For example, we use “Google Analytics” cookies (a web analytics service provided by Google, Inc).
These cookies allow our website to remember the choices you make as you browse the site. They provide more enhanced and personal features. The information collected is anonymised and they cannot track your browsing activity on other sites once you leave our site.
The following cookies are set by this website:
|_atuvc||This 1st party __atuvc cookie is a persistent cookie that is created and read by the AddThis social sharing site in order to make sure user sees the updated count if user shares a page and return to it before Monsanto share count cache is updated. No data from that cookie is sent back to AddThis.||2 years|
|__utma||This cookie is used to determine unique visitors to your site and it is updated with each page view. Additionally, this cookie is provided with a unique ID that Google Analytics uses to ensure both the validity and accessibility of the cookie as an extra security measure.||2 years|
|_ga, _gat||Used to distinguish users.||2 years|
|_gid||Used to distinguish users.||24 hours|
|__lc.visitor_id||This cookie stores the visitors id of the chat box.||2 years 10 months|
|WordPress sets a few wp-settings-[UID] cookies.
The number on the end is your individual user ID from the users database table.
This is used to customize your view of admin interface, and possibly also the main site interface.
|datr||Created when a web browser accesses facebook.com it helps Facebook identify suspicious login activity||3 months|
|fr||Allows control over the “Follow us on Facebook” and “Like” buttons||3 months|
|sb||Used by Facebook to improve friend suggestions||3 months|
|xs||A Facebook cookie used to maintain a session. It works in conjunction with the c_user cookie to authenticate your identity to Facebook.||1 month|
|Part of the ShareThis sharing button functionality. Unique identifiers given to each computer to allow traffic analysis to ShareThis. ShareThis includes a link in their pop-up box which allows users to specify “Do not track” which deletes cookies as required.||1 year|
|NID||Used by Google to store user preferences and information of Google maps||6 months|
|Used by Twitter to enhance the user experience by easing interaction with official authenticated Twitter widgets on the website.||6 months|
How to turn off Cookies
For more information go to http://www.allaboutcookies.org/