Sotra Cookie Policy

October 2018

Sotra Limited (“Sotra“, “we“, “our“) respects the privacy of all visitors to our Websites.  This is our policy on the use of cookies on our website www.sotra.co.uk (the “Website“). We may update this Cookie Policy from time to time to reflect any changes in technology or legislation affecting the way we use cookies and how you, as a user, can manage them.

What are Cookies and how do we use them?

We use cookies to distinguish you from other users of the Website. This helps us to provide you with a good experience when you visit the Website and also assists us in making improvements. It enables the Website to remember your actions and preferences (such as login, language, font size and other display preferences) over a period of time, so you don’t have to keep re-entering them when you come back to the Website, or browse from one page to another.

A cookie is a small file (consisting of letters and numbers) that we store on your browser or elsewhere on your device.

We use the following flavours of Cookies:

  • Strictly necessary cookies. These are cookies that are necessary for the operation of the Website. They include, for example, cookies that enable you to log into secure areas of the Website, use a shopping cart or make use of e-billing services.
  • Analytical/performance cookies. These allow us to recognise and count the number of visitors and to see how visitors use the Website. This helps us to improve the way the Website works, for example, by ensuring that users find what they are looking for easily. If you do not consent to the use of these cookies, please disable them following the instructions in this Cookie Policy so that cookies from the Website cannot be placed on your device. This information is gathered anonymously – it does NOT enable us to identify who you are. We use these cookies to determine the kind of content and services our visitors value most, which in turn helps us improve the Website and its contents.
  • Functionality cookies. These are used to recognise you when you return to the Website. This enables us to personalise our content for you, including (where applicable) greet you by name and remember your preferences (for example, content tailored for your region or choice of language).
  • Targeting cookies. These cookies record your visit to the Website, the pages you have visited and the links you have followed. We will use this information to make the Website and the advertising displayed more relevant to your interests. We may also share this information with third parties for this purpose.
  • Re-Targeting Cookies. These cookies remember information regarding your use of the Website so that we can serve promotional and other targeted information to you on other sites.
  • Social Media Cookies. These cookies provide access to social networks and may collect personal information in relation to your use of these networks. We have no control for how the social networks may collect and use your personal information and their use is determined by that social network.

You can find more information about the individual cookies we use and the purposes for which we use them in the table below:

Cookie Description Expiry
_cfduid Necessary cookies make a website usable by enabling basic functions like page navigation and access to secure areas of the website. The website cannot function properly without these cookies 1 year
Lang Preference cookies to enable a website to remember information that changes the wat the website behaves or looks, like preferred language Session Cookie
_gat, _gid Statistic cookies help website owners to understand how visitors interact with websites by collecting and reporting information anonymously. Session Cookie
_ga Statistic cookies help website owners to understand how visitors interact with websites by collecting and reporting information anonymously. 2 years
_utma Used to distinguish visitors and pages visited. Records a unique ID, the date and time of first visit, time of current visit nd total number of visits made. 12 months from last visit
_utmb Used to determine new sessions or visits. Stores the number of page views in current visit and start time of visit 30 minutes from last visit
_utmc Used to note that the visit has ended when browser is closed Session Cookie
_utmz Records the site you may have linked to our page from. Only records data if you clicked to our site from a different website. 6 months
Privacy_embeds To manage and store your consent to load the different third party embeds and tracking scripts where applicable 1 year

Third Party Cookies

Some cookies that have been set on the Website are not related to Sotra. When you visit a page with content embedded from, for example, a social networking site, these service providers may set their own cookies on your web browser.

We do not control the use of these cookies as cookies can only be accessed by the party that originally set them. Below is a list of the third party cookies in use on the Website:

Cookie Description Expiry
_stid Marketing Cookies are used to track visitors across websites. The intention is to display ads that are relevant and engaging for the individual user and thereby more valuable for publishers and third party advertisers. 1 year
Bcookie, bscookie Marketing Cookie 2 years
_unam Marketing Cookie 9 months
i/jot/syndication, impression.php/#, lidc, r/collect, YSC, _sharethis_cookie_test Marketing Cookie Session Cookie
UserMatchHistory, VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE, BizoID, Marketing Cookie 179 days
PREF Marketing Cookie 8 months
NID Marketing Cookie 6 months

Web Beacons

Web beacons (also known as Internet tags, pixel tags and clear GIFs) are typically transparent graphic images placed on a site. Web beacons are used in combination with cookies to measure the actions of visitors on websites. We may use web beacons to obtain information such as the URL of the page on which the beacon appears, the time the page containing the beacon was viewed, and the type of browser used to view the page.

We may also use web beacons in marketing emails sent by our system.  If you receive the HTML formatted version of such emails and your email is configured to download images, a record of whether or not you open the email (and, if you open the email, how frequently you open it) will be saved with your subscriber history.  Your engagement with the content of the communication (such as which links you click on) will also be recorded.

We may use this information in aggregated form to give us an indication of the popularity of content and to help us make decisions about future content and formatting.  We may also use the information to publish more content relevant to users in future issues and to unsubscribe recipients who haven’t opened our emails for a period of time.

How to Control and Delete Cookies

The majority of web browsers accept cookies, but you can usually change the web browser’s settings to refuse new cookies, disable existing ones or simply let you know when new ones are sent to your device.

In order to do this, follow the instructions provided by your browser (usually located within the “Help”, “Tools” or “Edit” facility) or you can click on the links below to access instructions from some of the most popular browsers:

For more information on how to manage cookies, please visit https://www.allaboutcookies.org/manage-cookies/

However, please be aware that, if you refuse or disable cookies, some of the functionality of the Website may be lost.

In addition, disabling a cookie or category of cookie does not delete the cookie from your browser, you will need to do this yourself from within your browser.

Changes to our Use of Cookies

Any changes to our use of cookies for the Website will be posted here and if appropriate, signposted from our web pages highlighting any changes.

Contact Information

If you have any queries in relation to this notice, please contact us at privacy@sotra.co.uk