More information about cookies

The ABRS aims to make your online experience and interaction as informative, and relevant as possible. We use cookies or similar techniques to achieve this. We feel that it is important that you know what cookies our website uses and for what purposes. This will help to protect your privacy, while ensuring our website’s user-friendliness as much as possible. 

What are cookies?

Cookies are small text files that are stored onto your terminal equipment (computer or mobile device) when you visit certain websites. At the ABRS we may use similar techniques, such as pixels, web beacons, device fingerprints, etc. For the sake of consistency, all these techniques combined will be hereafter referred to as “cookies”. 

To learn more about cookies and how to manage them, visit AboutCookies.org.

Why are cookies used?

Cookies may be used for many different purposes. In the first place, cookies can be required to make the website function properly. For example, without cookies, it would be difficult to make a website remember that you have logged in, or which products you have put in your shopping cart. These are called required cookies.

Cookies can also be used to analyse how a website is used, to count the number of visitors, to learn how the website may be improved. We do not link the website usage statistics and other reports to individual people. These cookies are called analytics cookies.

Thirdly, social media cookies are used to enable integration of social media into the website, so that you can immediately like or share a page or product on your favourite social media service.

A fourth important use of cookies is to enable online advertising, which may be personalised to show ads that are more relevant and interesting to you, both within and beyond the ABRS websites. This is done by (targeted) advertising cookies

How can I make choices about cookies and my privacy on the ABRS website?

The ABRS website offers you the possibility to set your preferences regarding cookies. By clicking ‘Cookies’ you can choose which types of cookies you would like our website to use. You can change your preferences at any time. Under Cookie Settings, you can also find a list of all cookies within each category (required, analytics, social media, targeted advertising).

Please note that using the Cookie Settings on our website may not result in the deletion of any cookies that have already been set. You can do that via the settings of your web browser as described below after you have changed your Cookie Settings on our website.

If you are visiting the ABRS website targeted at visitors outside of the EU, you may use the settings of your web browser to make choices about cookies and privacy.

Cookie Name Description
wordpress_ WordPress cookie for a logged in user.
wordpress_logged_in_ WordPress cookie for a logged in user
wordpress_test_ WordPress cookie for a logged in user
wordpress_test_cookie WordPress test cookie
wp-settings- WordPress also 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.
wp-settings-time- WordPress also sets a few wp-settings-{time}-[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.
PHPSESSID To identify your unique session on the website
SESS To ensure that you are recognised when you move from page to page within the site and that any information you have entered is remembered.
woo commerce_cart_hash Contains information about the cart as a whole and helps Woocommerce know when the cart data changes. No personal information is stored.
woo commerce_items_in_cart Contains information about the cart as a whole and helps Woocommerce know when the cart data changes. No personal information is stored.
woo commerce_session_ Contains a unique code for each customer so that it knows where to find the cart data in the database for each customer. No personal information is stored.
Service Cookie Purpose
Google Analytics _ga_gid_gat* Site visits are recorded anonymously so we can review usage. (more information)
Service Cookie Purpose
Twitter Timeline twitter.com Cookies may be set when Twitter timelines are viewed on organisation pages. (more information)
Facebook Posts facebook.com Cookies may be set when Facebook posts are viewed on organisation pages. (more information)

The ABRS do not currently use advertising cookies

How to manage or disable cookies in your browser?

Please be aware that the ABRS currently does not make use of a technical solution that would enable us to respond to your browser’s ‘Do Not Track’ signals. Besides using the Cookie Settings section on our website, you may manage your cookie settings in your browser settings at any time. Please be aware that your browser settings may not offer you the same ease of use as the Cookie Settings on our website. If you simply disable all cookies or all of our cookies in your browser settings, you may find that certain sections or features of our website will not work, because your browser may prevent us from setting functionally required cookies. Therefore, it is recommended to use the Cookie Settings on our website instead of disabling all cookies via your web browser.

You may find further information on how to disable cookies or manage your cookie settings for the browser that you use from the following list:

Google Chrome: https://support.google.com/chrome/answer/95647?hl=en
Firefox https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/enable-and-disable-cookies-website-preferences
Internet Explorer: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-GB/windows-vista/Block-or-allow-cookies
Safari: http://help.apple.com/safari/mac/8.0/#/sfri11471