What are cookies?
Cookies are small text files with information stored on your computer (or other device you use to access the website) when you visit a website. A cookie will typically contain the name of the site that the cookie came from, how long the cookie will be stored and a number (usually a randomly generated unique number). Cookies are used to make websites work more effectively but also to provide certain information to the owner of a website. Cookies make it possible to distinguish different users from each other, which can give each user a more personalized and positive experience of the website.
Cookies that are used on the Spotlight Group’s website
There are three types of cookies on the website:
- Long-term cookies, i.e. Cookies that saves a file on your device for an extended period. Long-term cookies are used, for example, with functions which describe what information is new since you last visited the site. How long the cookie remains on your device depends on the lifetime of the specific cookie and your browser settings.
- Session cookies, i.e. cookies that are temporarily stored in your devise’s memory while you are visiting a website and when you’re navigating on a page. Session cookies are used, for example, to determine what language you have chosen. When you leave a site the session cookies used are deleted.
- Third-party cookies, i.e. cookies that belong to domains other than those shown in the address bar. Third-party Cookies allows for tracking of the user’s browsing history.
The table below lists the individual cookies used on our website, their purpose, what information the cookie saves, if it is a long-term cookie, a session cookie [or a third-party cookie], the retention period of every cookie that is stored on the hard disk and whether the information comes from, or are disclosed to third parties.
|__atuvc (www.spotlightgroup.se)||This cookie is created by AddThis.com, a social sharing service run by Clearspring Technologies Inc. The cookie is used to make sure the user sees the correct updated count if they share a page.||Share count cache||2 years||No sharing|
|__atuvs (www.spotlightgroup.se)||This cookie is created by AddThis.com, a social sharing service run by Clearspring Technologies Inc. The cookie is used to make sure the user sees the correct updated count if they share a page.||Share count cache||2 years||No sharing|
|cookie_enabled (www.spotlightgroup.se)||This cookie is used to determine if Cookies are accepted by the visitor.||A string “yes” or “no”||7 hours||No sharing|
|PHPSESSID (www.spotlightgroup.se)||This cookie is used by the website to set session preferences. No personal data is stored.||A random hash value||One session||No sharing|
|wordpress_test_cookie (www.spotlightgroup.se)||This cookie tests the visitors browser to see if it supports WordPress Login.||A string “WP+Cookie+check”||1 year||No sharing|
|_ga (www.spotlightgroup.se)||Google Analytics cookie used to distinguish users.||An encrypted hash string.||2 years||No sharing|
|_gid (www.spotlightgroup.se)||Google Analytics cookie used to distinguish users.||An encrypted hash string.||24 hours||No sharing|
|_gat (www.spotlightgroup.se)||Google Analytics cookie used to throttle request rate.||An encrypted hash string.||2 years||No sharing|
|__utmt (www.spotlightgroup.se)||Google Analytics cookie used to throttle request rate.||An encrypted hash string.||10 minutes||No sharing|
|__utmv (www.spotlightgroup.se)||Google Analytics cookie 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. The cookie is updated every time data is sent to Google Analytics.||An encrypted hash string.||2 years||No sharing|
AddThis, third-party cookies
Spotlight Group uses the AddThis sharing buttons and platform to allow for you as a user to share content through email, social networking websites, blogs etc.
If you send an email using an AddThis-button AddThis Inc will use your email address, the email address of the person (or people) to whom you are sending the content, and the content in the accompanying message (if you chose to write one).
Google Analytics, third-party cookies
How to block and/or delete cookies
Instructions on how to delete stored cookies or change your cookie settings is specified in the browser’s help function. If you use different devices to view and access the website, you have to ensure that the browser on each device is adjusted to your preferences regarding cookies.