Cookies

BAOT does not allow any third party to deploy cookies on this website to track users' web usage for the purpose of online behavioural advertising

What is a cookie?

Cookies are small text files that this website places on your computer to improve your experience of the website and enable us to analyse how the website is being used. If your browser is set to remember logins and password this information is stored locally on your computer as a cookie. They improve our web service in the following ways:

  • if you are a BAOT member an authentication cookie enables the website to remember you are a BAOT member so that you can login once rather than logging in every time you access a member-only page these are named 'SESS(and then a 34 character code)'
  • Google Analytics cookies provide data on how the website is being used so that we can improve the site's performance e.g. Google Analytics can tell us how many people have visited a specific page. Google Analytics cookies do not collect personally identifiable information such as name, address or bank card number. Nor does it track visitors' behaviour across multiple websites. Only anonymous information such as number of pages viewed, time spent on page, language setting and browser type are collected.
     

BAOT is working to comply with the new EC Directive on online privacy

BAOT is working to understand and comply with the Privacy and Electronic Communications (EC Directive) (Amendment) Regulations which were implemented into UK law on 26 May 2011 (becoming effective 26 May 2012). We have audited the cookies used on the site and a full list of cookies are listed below. To comply with the Directive we are investigating how best to enable site users to opt in or out of cookies.
 
The following Google Analytics cookies are used on this website:

  • __utma  to identify unique visitor numbers; expires after two years
  • __utmb to determine user session; expires after thirty minutes
  • __utmc to determine user session; expires when browser is closed
  • __utmz to track traffic sources and navigation; expires after six months

 
The following cookies are used by BAOT/COT

  • SESS (then a 34 character code)
  • SESS (then a 34 character code)

 
The above cookies are randomly generated and are assigned to your session when you login. These allow you to access member-only content seamlessly without having to login for each page you visit. When you logout these cookies are erased.
 

EC Directive and the distinction between first and third party cookies

The Privacy and Electronic Communications (EC Directive) (Amendment) Regulations distinguishes between first and third party cookies. The main focus of the Directive is to protect web users from intrusive third party cookies which track users across multiple websites to analyse behavior and deliver unsolicited advertising. First party cookies, such as those used on this website, only relate to your use of this website and are only used to improve your experience of this website. The legislation can be viewed at http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2011/1208/contents/made
 

You can set your browser to control or delete cookies

You can control cookies by setting your browser to accept, reject or prompt you to decide to accept or reject a cookie everytime a website attempts to transfer one to your browser. Cookies can also be deleted from your browser.
Find out more about controlling cookies
Find out more about deleting cookies

Cookies used by Google Analytics and how to block them

The following Google Analytics cookies are used on this website:

  • __utma  to identify unique visitor numbers; expires after two years
  • __utmb to determine user session; expires after thirty minutes
  • __utmc to determine user session; expires when browser is closed
  • __utmz to track traffic sources and navigation; expires after six months

Google has developed a Google Analytics Opt-Out Browser Add-on in which prevents your browser from reporting the statistical information gathered by these cookies. According to Google: 'The add-on communicates with the Google Analytics JavaScript (ga.js) to indicate that information about the website visit should not be sent to Google Analytics. If you want to opt out, download and install the add-on for your current web browser.'
Visit Google for more information about Google Analytics cookies
Download the Google Analytics Opt-out Browser Add-on (BETA)