What is a cookie?
A cookie is a small text file that is downloaded onto ‘terminal equipment’ (e.g. a computer or smartphone) when the user accesses a website. It allows the website to recognise that user’s device and store some information about the user’s preferences or past actions. This file is neither a virus nor spyware.
Most web browsers have options that allow you to control whether or not to accept cookies and give you the option to delete all cookies. However, please note that disabling cookies in your browser may prevent access to some parts of our Site.
Below is a detailed list of the cookies stored against each website in our online delivery:
The Secure.cfauk.org website is used for taking event bookings, local IMC and CFA Candidate membership applications, local membership renewals and profile management for non- CFA Institute linked contacts.
The system uses two cookies.
LMS.cfauk.org - Unicorn Learning Management system (LMS)
The Unicorn LMS requires the use of session cookies to operate. This type of cookie does not need explicit consent as it is required for the operation of the platform.
We currently use Google Analytics across all three websites to measure and analyse visitor information related to our web site. For that purpose, your IP address, Internet traffic data and data on your browser type and PC are collected using several cookies (_utma, _utmc, utmb, utmz):
- _utma is used by Google Analytics to identify first-time site ('unique') visitors vs. returning visitors. It expires after two years
- _utmc identifies unique visitors vs. returning visitors but expires when you close your browser.
- _utmb is used for general visitor tracking and expires after 30 minutes.
- _utmz tracks source visits (the origin of the visit). It expires after six months.
Clear Gifs (Web Beacons/Web Bugs)
Our websites may also employ a software technology called clear gifs (a.k.a. Web Beacons/Web Bugs), which helps us to better manage content on our sites by informing us what content is viewed or clicked on. Clear gifs are tiny graphics with a unique identifier similar in function to cookies. In contrast to cookies, which are stored on a visitor's computer, clear gifs are embedded invisibly on web pages and e-mails and are about the size of a period.