Privacy and cookies

When we provide services, we want to make them easy, useful and reliable. Where services are delivered on the internet, this sometimes involves placing small amounts of information on your device (such as your computer or mobile phone). These include small files known as cookies. We will not use them to identify you personally.

These pieces of information are used to improve services for you through, for example:

  • enabling a service to recognise your device so you don't have to give the same information several times during one task
  • recognising that you may already have given a username and password so you don't need to do it for every web page requested
  • measuring how many people are using services, so they can be made easier to use and there's enough capacity to ensure they are fast

For more details with regards to cookies please visit www.allaboutcookies.org​. This website provides full information about what cookies are and how to manage them.

Our use of cookies

Cookies detailed below may be stored on your device when visiting this website:

Necessary cookies

This set of cookies enable core functionality such as security and accessibility. You may disable these by changing your browser settings, but this may have an adverse effect on how our website behaves.

Set by

Name

Expires

Purpose

GPhC

has_js

At the end of the session (closing the browser window)

Records whether a visitor's browser has JavaScript enabled

CIVIC Cookies compliance module

CookieControl

After three months

Set in order to remember the user's preferences in regards to cookies

ReciteMe accessibility tool

ReciteMe is a cloud-based web accessibility solution which enables visitors to customise the website to their needs. You can launch ReciteMe on our website by clicking on the links that appear on the top blue banner within the header.

These cookies only become active if you enable the ReciteMe toolbar that appears within the header of this website.

Recite.Persist

At the end of the session (closing the browser window

This stores a flag to indicate whether the toolbar should persist between pages or not

Recite.Preferences

Persists until visitors clears cookies

This stores the users current settings so that they can be reapplied on subsequent pages

 

Analytics cookies

We would like to use Google Analytics to help us to improve our website by collecting and reporting information on how you use it. These cookies collect information in a way that does not directly identify anyone.

Google Analytics*

For further details on the cookies set by Google Analytics, please refer to the Google Analytics cookie usage webpage

* Google Analytics cookies are used across all our websites (pharmacyregulation.org, myGPhC and myGPhCpharmacy)

Name

Expires

Purpose

_ga

Two years

Used to distinguish users

_gid

24 hours

Used to distinguish users

_gat

One minute

Used to throttle request rate. If Google Analytics is deployed via Google Tag Manager, this cookie will be named _dc_gtm_property-id>

_utma

Two years from set/update

Used to distinguish users and sessions. The cookie is created when the javascript library executes and no existing __utma cookies exists. The cookie is updated every time data is sent to Google Analytics

_utmt

Ten minutes

Used to throttle request rate.

_utmb

30 minutes from set/update

Used to determine new sessions/visits. The cookie is created when the javascript library executes and no existing __utmb cookies exists. The cookie is updated every time data is sent to Google Analytics.

_utmc

At the end of the session (closing the browser window)

Not used in ga.js. Set for interoperability with urchin.js. Historically, this cookie operated in conjunction with the __utmb cookie to determine whether the user was in a new session/visit.

_utmz

Six months from set/update

Stores the traffic source or campaign that explains how the user reached your site. The cookie is created when the javascript library executes and is updated every time data is sent to Google Analytics.

_utmv

Two years from set/update

Used to store visitor-level custom variable data. This cookie is created when a developer uses the _setCustomVar method with a visitor level custom variable. This cookie was also used for the deprecated _setVar method. The cookie is updated every time data is sent to Google Analytics.

 

Third party cookies

YouTube

YouTube is a video-sharing service. Videos are uploaded to YouTube channels and can be embedded on web pages. For further details on the cookies set by Google Analytics, please refer to the Types of Cookies used by Google

Please note that these cookies will only get activated if you watch one of the videos embedded on this website that we host via youtube.com

Name

Expires

Purpose

visitor_infor1_live

Eight months from set/update

This cookie
measures your bandwidth to determine whether you get the new player interface or the old

ysc

At the end of the session (closing the browser window)

This cookie is set by the YouTube video service on pages with embedded YouTube video 

 

Cookies specific to our myGPhC website

Set by

Name

Expires

Purpose

Browser

localStorage

One hour after login to myGPhC

Authentication – It allows access to the site after signing in

CIVIC Cookies compliance module

CookieControl

Three months after the session ends

Set in order to remember the user's preferences in regards to cookies

GPhC

ai_user

One year

This is a unique user identifier cookie that enables counting of the number of visitors accessing mygphc over time

ai_session

30 mins

This is a unique anonymous session identifier cookie

Cookies set by ADB2C

When visitor closes the browser/sign out

This helps in maintaining the visitor’s session and helps with prevention against Cross-Site Request Forgery

 

Cookies specific to our myGPhCpharmacy website

Name

Expires

Purpose

 

.ASPXAUTH

20 minutes after the visitor's last action on the site

Authentication - it allows access to the site after signing in. Also, it automatically logs the visitor out 20 minutes after of inactivity on myGPhCpharmacy website

ASP.NET_SessionId

At the end of the session (closing the browser window)

Used to identify a visitor's browser session

MyGphcPharmacySignIn

At the end of the session (signing out of myGPhCpharmacy or closing the browser window)

Used to identify the visitor whilst signed in, to do so it uses the following fields:

  • Username
  • Email
  • Pharmacy owner number

This information is encrypted to protect the visitor's privacy

fontSize

One year

Remembers the visitor's preferred font size so that it doesn't need to be changed on every visit

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