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How we use cookies on our website

We sometimes collect anonymous information from visits to our site to help us provide a better service.

For example, we may keep track of the domains from which people visit and we may also measure visitor activity on the Arts Council of Wales website, but we do so in ways that keep the information anonymous.

We use the information that we collect to measure the number of visitors to the different areas of our site, and to help us make our site more useful to visitors.

This includes analysing these logs periodically to measure the traffic through our servers, the number of pages visited and the level of demand for pages and topics of interest. The logs may be preserved indefinitely and used at any time and in any way to prevent security breaches and to ensure the integrity of the data on our servers.

We collect this anonymous information through the use of various technologies, one of which is called "cookies". A cookie is an element of data that a Web site can send to your browser, which may then be stored on your hard drive.

Arts Council of Wales' websites use 8 cookies to facilitate user experience and anonymous visitor metrics:

5 third party cookies are set by Google Analytics (GA) – We use GA to gather anonymous information about website visitors to help us make our website experience better. We also use GA in conjunction with site search data to identify how often content is searched for and accessed. Allowing us to improve existing content and identify where new content is required.

We do not use this information to target advertisements or pass any data to third parties. The site will function without GA cookies. To disable the GA cookies in your browser please follow this link.

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_utma

This is written the first time visitor visits the site. Updated with each visit.

Helps identify the unique visitors.

2 years from last update

_utmb

Session cookie that is update with each page view or event.

This cookie is used to establish and continue a user session with your site

30 mins after the last update/visitor inactivity

_utmz

This cookie stores the type of referral used by the visitor to reach the site. The cookie is updated with each page view.

It is used to calculate traffic drivers e.g. search engine traffic, ad campaigns and navigation within the site

6 months from set/update

_utmv

This cookie stores the custom variable information that you set in your code.

It is used to set and pass custom variable information to Google Analytics server.

2 years from set/update

_utmx

This is a Google Website Optimizer (GWO) cookie and won’t show up if the site is not using GWO.

The cookie stores the variation a particular visitor is assigned to for each experiment, so that the visitor continues to see same variation in each his/her visit.

2 years from set/update

1 first party cookie is set by Arts Council of Wales websites to handle preferred language selection and any form reloads. This also helps us display friendly URL’s to make site links easier to communicate. This first party cookie is not considered an opt-in cookie.

1 is set by our online application process. This is not a permanent cookie and is deleted after each session. Although our website will function without this cookie our online application process requires it to function.

1 session cookie is added to keep a user logged in to the Night Out website, www.nightout.org.uk .

Please visit - http://www.aboutcookies.org/ to find out more about managing cookies.

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