When we provide services, we want to make them easy, useful and reliable. Where services are delivered on the internet, this sometimes involves placing small amounts of information on your device, for example, computer or mobile phone. These include small files known as cookies. They cannot be used to identify you personally.

These pieces of information are used to improve services for you through, for example:

  • enabling a service to recognise your device so you don't have to give the same information several times during one task
  • recognising that you may already have given a username and password so you don't need to do it for every web page requested
  • measuring how many people are using services, so they can be made easier to use and there's enough capacity to ensure they are fast
  • analysing anonymised data to help us understand how people interact with our website so we can improve the experience in the future

You can manage these small files and learn more about them from the following Directgov article, ‘Internet Browser cookies - what they are and how to manage them’.

If you'd like to learn about how to remove cookies set on your device, visit this site.

First-party cookies

First party cookies are specific to the host site that created them (in this case, uvd.co.uk). In all cases these first-party cookies do not store any personal or sensitive information, or anything that makes you personally identifiable to us.

Name Purpose Content Expiry
screen_resolution To remember the device you are accessing our website from so we can improve the load speed of subsequent visits by serving images optimised for your device Screen resolution represented as a number 6 months
__utma Google Analytics sets this cookie which allows us to ensure that subsequent visits to our website are recorded as belonging to the same (unique) visitor (more info). Randomly generated number 2 years
__utmb Google Analytics sets this cookie which is used to establish and continue a unique user session. It is updated with every new page view (more info). Randomly generated number 30 minutes after each update
__utmc Google Analytics sets this cookie which is used to establish and continue a unique user session. It is updated with every new page view (more info). Randomly generated number 30 minutes after each update
__utmz Google Analytics sets this cookie to track how you found us and is used to calculate traffic and navigation within the website. It is updated with every new page view (more info). Randomly generated number 6 months

Third-party cookies

We use a variety of widely-used third-party plugins as marketing tools for our own business and to provide convenient tools for our visitors. In our belief the use of these plugins represents current "best practice". We have no direct control over the content of the cookies they create, the use made of any data collected, or the security of that data. These third parties may collect information about your visit to our website, and they may use this with other data in order to serve advertising which may be more relevant to you. Some visitors may see this use of data as intrusive to some degree. You will only be served these cookies if you have indicated that you consent to our use of cookies.

Name Purpose Content Expiry
PREF We may use Google Maps on our website page to provide detailed information on how to locate us. We use Google's interactive maps because we believe they provide a helpful way for our visitors to identify how best to travel to us. We use the Google Maps tools on the basis that Google adheres to its privacy policy which can be found here. Randomly generated number 688 days
SID We may use Google Maps on our website page to provide detailed information on how to locate us. We use Google's interactive maps because we believe they provide a helpful way for our visitors to identify how best to travel to us. We use the Google Maps tools on the basis that Google adheres to its privacy policy which can be found here. Randomly generated number When the user closes the browser
NID We may use Google Maps on our website page to provide detailed information on how to locate us. We use Google's interactive maps because we believe they provide a helpful way for our visitors to identify how best to travel to us. We use the Google Maps tools on the basis that Google adheres to its privacy policy which can be found here. Randomly generated number 183 days
BEAT We may use the Google "+1" plugin to help us market and promote our business using Google's services. The plugin allows visitors to use the "+1" button to recommend our website to their contacts. We use the plugin on the basis that Google adheres to its privacy policy which can be found here. Randomly generated number 1 day
ULS We may use the Google "+1" plugin to help us market and promote our business using Google's services. The plugin allows visitors to use the "+1" button to recommend our website to their contacts. We use the plugin on the basis that Google adheres to its privacy policy which can be found here. Randomly generated number When the user closes the browser
RRefer to Facebook data use policy viewable here We may use the Facebook "Like" plugin to help us market our business using the Facebook Social Network. The plugin detects whether you have "Liked" our Facebook page and uses this information to present either a "Like" button or a "You Like this" message with various other associated details from Facebook. If you are not logged in to Facebook, no cookies should be served. If you are logged in to Facebook, the plugin creates and/or updates a series of third-party cookies. The plugin also uses JavaScript localStorage, creating a key-value pair called "FB_templateDataResponse". We use the plugin as a convenience for our visitors, and we use it on the basis that Facebook adheres to its data use policy viewable here. Refer to Facebook data use policy viewable here Refer to Facebook data use policy viewable here
pid, _twitter_sess, k, guest_id, original_referer We may use the Twitter "Follow Button" plugin to help us market our business using Twitter. The plugin detects whether you are logged in to Twitter when you visit our website and uses this information to present either a "Follow" or "You Follow" message with various other details from Twitter. The plugin creates five Third-Party cookies if a visitor accesses the site when not logged into Twitter, and a further cookie if accessed while logged on to Twitter. We use the plugin as a convenience for our users and we use it on the basis that Twitter adheres to its Privacy Policy viewable here. Refer to Twitter’s policy here. Refer to Twitter’s policy here.
bcookie, visit, leoauth_token, JSESSIONID, lang, IN_HASH, _lipt, sl, s_leo_auth_token, bcookie, visit, leoauth_token and two X-LI-IDC cookies We may use the LinkedIn "Share" and "Follow" plugins to help us market our business using LinkedIn. The plugin detects whether you are logged in to LinkedIn when you visit our website, and uses this i nformation to present appropriately-worded Follow and Share messages with various other details from LinkedIn. The plugin creates or updates three persistent cookies and up to eight session cookies which are on different paths on their site. We use the plugin as a convenience for our users and we use it on the basis that LinkedIn adheres to its Privacy Policy viewable here. Refer to LinkedIn policy here Refer to LinkedIn policy here
VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE, use_hitbox, and PREF We may use YouTube to host video content. When you view a web page on our site with an embedded YouTube video, YouTube creates at least three cookies. In some circumstances you may also find an additional GEO cookie. We use the YouTube service as a convenience for our visitors and on the basis that Google adheres to its privacy policy which can be found here. Refer to Google’s privacy policy here. Refer to Google’s privacy policy here.

How to control and delete cookies

We will not use cookies to collect personally identifiable information about you. However, if you wish to restrict or block the cookies which are set by our websites, or indeed any other website, you can do this through your browser settings. The ‘Help’ function within your browser should tell you how.

Alternatively, you may wish to visit http://www.aboutcookies.org which contains comprehensive information on how to do this on a wide variety of browsers. You will also find details on how to delete cookies from your machine as well as more general information about cookies.

Please be aware that restricting cookies may impact on the functionality of our website and many other websites you visit.

If you wish to view your cookie code, just click on a cookie to open it. You’ll see a short string of text and numbers. The numbers are your identification card, which can only be seen by the server that gave you the cookie. For information on how to do this on the browser of your mobile phone you will need to refer to your handset manual.

To opt-out of third-parties collecting any data regarding your interaction on our website, please refer to their websites for further information.