Our Cookie Policy

How we use cookies

This policy helps to explain the occasions when, where and why cookies may be sent to your computer when you visit the Sport Wales website and how you can block and/or delete cookies. By using our site you consent to cookies being used in accordance with our policy documented below.

What is a cookie?

A cookie is a text file contain small amounts of information which are placed on your computer when you visit a website. They are widely used in order to make website work more efficiently as well as to provide information to the owners of the site.

Cookies allow the website to remember important information that will make your use of the site more convenient.

A cookie from our site typically contain the name of our domain (either sportwales.org.uk or plus.sportwales.org.uk), the "lifetime" of the cookie, and then possibly a random generated number or another value. Like most websites, we use different categories of cookies for a variety of purposes in order to improve your online experience.

For more information on cookies, visit the official ICO website at www.ico.gov.uk, or www.whatarecookies.com

What are the categories of cookies?

Cookies can be categorised into four main categories, following the International Chamber of Commerce guide, as follows:

Category 1: Strictly necessary cookies

These cookies are essential in order to enable you to move around the website and use it's features, such as accessing secure areas of the website.

Category 2: Performance cookies

These cookies collect information about how visitors use a website, for instance which pages visitors go to most often, and if they get error messages from web pages. These cookies don't collect information that identifies a visitor. All information these cookies collect is aggregated and therefore anonymous. It is only used to improve how a website works.

Category 3: Functionality cookies

These cookies allow the website to remember choices you make, (such as username name, etc.) and provide enhanced, more personal features. The information these cookies collect may be anonymised and they cannot track your browsing activity on other websites.

Category 4: Targeting/Advertising cookies

These cookies are used to deliver adverts more relevant to you and your interests. They are also used to limit the number o times you see an advertisement as well as help measure the effectiveness of the advertising campaign. They are usually placed by advertising networks with the website operators permissions. They remember that you have visited a website and this information is shared with others organisations such as advertisers. Quite often targeting or advertising cookies will be linked to a site functionality provided by other organisation.

List of cookies used on the Sport Wales website:

Below is a list of the cookies used on our site, include their name, expiry times, category type and a short description about the cookie.

Note: We do not use any category 4 (advertising) cookies on our site.

Cookie group

Google Analytics (website analytics)

Cookie name

_utma, _utmb, _utmc, _utmz

Description

Used by Google Analytics to identify unique visitors vs. returning visitors. This is only used for our web analytics to help measure traffic and improve the quality of content/service we offer on our site.

Expiry

UTMA: 2 years / UTMB: 30 mins / UTMC: Not set - cleared on browser close (session cookie) / UTMZ: 6 months

Category

Category 2 - performance cookies

 

Cookie group

Google Maps (3rd Party)

Cookie name

NID & PREF

Description

Unique identifiers given to each computer to allow traffic analysis to Google Maps.

Expiry

6 months

Category

3rd Party (2: Performance cookie)

 

Cookie group

Share This (3rd Party)

Cookie name

_unam, _utmz, _stid, _uset, _utma, _utmb, _utmc

Description

Unique identifiers given to each computer to allow traffic analysis to ShareThis.

 

These does not appear to contain any personal information, and are not being used directly by SportWales.

 

ShareThis do include a link on their pop-up box which allows users to select "Do not track" which deletes cookies as required:

http://sharethis.com/privacy

 

Expiry

9 months, 6 months, 1 year, never set, 2 years, 30 minutes, not set

Category

3rd Party (3: Functionality cookie)

 

Cookie group

Share This (3rd Party)

Cookie name

.scorecardresearch.com UID, .scorecardresearch.com UIDR

 

Description

Additional cookies created by ShareThis - used by ShareThis to analyse how large their audience is.

 

These belong to a 3rd party system that ShareThis is currently using to analyse their audience use. They do not track/store personal data.

 

ShareThis do include a link on their pop-up box which allows users to select "Do not track" which deletes cookies as required:

http://sharethis.com/privacy

 

Expiry

2 years

Category

3rd Party (3: Functionality cookie)

 

Cookie group

Twitter (3rd party)

Cookie name

Guest_id, k

Description

Used by Twitter to identify if a user is logged in (or not) to Twitter - then brings up a "Follow" on "UnFollow" button on page.

 

Not currently active on the Sport Wales site

Expiry

2 years

Category

3rd Party (3: Functionality cookie)

 

Cookie group

Umbraco CMS (our website)

Cookie name

ASP.NET_SessionId

Description

Session cookie. Essential - standard part of Umbraco - doesn't record any specific credentials and therefore no risk.

Expiry

Not set - cleared on browser close

Category

Category 1: Strictly necessary cookies

 

Cookie group

SportWales Functionality

Cookie name

Lang

Description

Used to store language preference (English or Welsh) on website - system ready cookie and brings back relevant language page for each piece of content.

Essential to provide language options on Sport Wales website.

Expiry

1 month

Category

Category 3: Functionality cookies

 

Cookie group

SportWales Functionality

Cookie name

My SCW

Description

When a user logs in to MySportWales, the MySCW cookie is created to record they are logged in. 

 

A session cookie that is essential to provide "logged in" facility for MySportWales.

Expiry

Not set - cleared on browser close

Category

Category 3: Functionality cookies

 

How can I manage/disable cookies from your website?

You are not required to accept cookies in order to view our website and may modify your browser so that it will not accept cookies. Most web browsers on computer, smart phones and other web-enabled devices are normally set up to allow cookies as default. If you choose to block all cookies, parts of the Sport Wales website may not work properly.

If you wish to change, disable your cookie preferences or be notified when a cookie is set for this website or any other site, you can do this through your browser settings. Each browser is different, so check the "Help" menu of your browser to learn how to change your cookie preferences. Further information on how to prompt or block cookies on various browsers is available on the All about cookies website.

Share This

You can find out more about and opt to disable the Share This cookies via this link: http://sharethis.com/privacy

Google Analytics

Sport Wales uses Google Analytics, a web analytics service, provided by Google, Inc ("Google"), to analyse the use of our website.

The information generated by the Google Analytics cookies (including your IP address) will be transmitted to and stored by Google on servers in the United States. Google will use this information for the purpose of evaluating your use of the website, compiling reports on website activity for website operators and providing other services relating to website activity and internet usage.

Google may also transfer this information to third parties where required to do so by law, or where such third parties process the information on Google's behalf. Google will not associate your IP address with any other data held by Google.

Google will store this information. For more information see Google's privacy policy. If you wish to opt out of being tracked, they provide a facility to tracking on all sites using Google Analytics on their Opt-out browser site.

Notification of changes

From time to time, we may make changes to our cookie policy. This may be in relation to changes in the law, best practice, changes in our services or treatment of your personal information. We will always display clearly when our cookie policy was last amended on this page.

Last updated: 8th June 2012