Cookie Policy

What are cookies?
Cookies are text files placed on your computer to collect standard internet log information and visitor behaviour information. This information is used to track visitor use of the website and to compile statistical reports on website activity. These cookies are stored by the browser on your device. They can be used for a variety of purposes, such as:

• identifying your previous visits to a website,
• researching the most popular features of a website

There are two main kinds of cookies: session cookies and persistent cookies. Session cookies are deleted from your computer when you close your browser, whereas persistent cookies remain stored on your computer until deleted, or until they reach their expiry date.

Cookies on our website
AdviceUK uses the following cookies on this website, for the following purposes:

Cookie NameCookie CategoryDescriptionDuration
__cfduid Necessary (needed for operation of website)Used by the content network, Cloud flare, to identify trusted web traffic.1 year
PHPSESSIDNecessary (needed for operation of website)Preserves user session state across page requests.Session
_gaStatisticalRegisters a unique ID that is used to generate statistical data on how the visitor uses the website.2 years
_gatStatisticalUsed by Google Analytics to throttle request rate.Session
_gidStatisticalRegisters a unique ID that is used to generate statistical data on how the visitor uses the website.Session
collectMarketingUsed to send data to Google Analytics about the visitor’s device and behaviour. Tracks the visitor across devices and marketing channels.Session
uvcMarketingUpdates the counter for the website’s social sharing features.Session
VISITOR_INFO1_LIVEMarketingTries to estimate the users’ bandwidth on pages with integrated YouTube video.1 year
YSCMarketingRegisters a unique ID to store statistics of which videos from YouTube the user has viewed.Session

Google cookies
AdviceUK uses Google Analytics to monitor the use of this website. Google Analytics generates statistical and other information about website use by means of cookies, which are stored on users’ computers. The information generated relating to our website is used to create reports about the use of the website. Google will store and use this information. Google’s privacy policy is available at: To opt out of being tracked by Google Analytics across all websites, visit

Refusing cookies
Most browsers allow you to refuse to accept cookies. Please see below for further details:
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Please note: The AdviceUK website contains hyperlinks to websites owned and operated by third parties. These third party websites will have their own privacy policies, including cookies, and we suggest that you check them. They will govern the use of any personal information which is collected by cookies while visiting these websites. AdviceUK cannot accept any responsibility or liability for the privacy practices of such third party websites and your use of such websites is at your own risk.

Additional references
Further information about cookies and how to control their use is available from All About Cookies and Your Online Choices