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Updated 21 May 2018

Cookie notice

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This Cookie Notice (“Notice”) explains how the International Rescue Committee (“IRC”) uses cookies and other tracking technologies through our websites www.Rescue-UK.org and www.Rescue.org.  This Notice is to be read alongside the IRC’s Privacy Notice which explains how the IRC uses personal information.

If you do not accept our use of cookies please disable them following our guidance below.

What are web cookies?

Web cookies are small files that are placed on your computer or mobile device by a website when you visit it. They contain details of your browsing history on that website and distinguish you from other users. Cookies send data back to the originating website on each subsequent visit or allow another website to recognise the cookie. Cookies are useful because they allow a website to recognise a user’s device and, for instance, remember your preferences and generally improve your online user experience. Like most websites, the IRC’s websites use cookies.

Although this Notice refers to the general term “cookie”, which is the main method used by our website to store information, the browser’s local storage space is also used for the same purpose and we may use other tracking technologies through this website such as web beacons. As a result, the information included in this Notice is likewise applicable to all such tracking technologies that we use.

You can find out more about cookies at www.allaboutcookies.org.

Why do we use cookies?

  1. To let you do things on our website – for example, cookies enable you to log in to secure areas of our website, fill in application forms or view content.

  2. To collect anonymous statistics – the information collected by cookies enables us to improve the website through usage figures and patterns. For example, it is really useful to see which pages of the website – and therefore which of our services – are the most popular and how users are interacting with them.

  3. To improve your experience of our website – for example, to prevent you having to re-enter details when you have already done so, or by ensuring that users can find what they are looking for easily.

  4. To ensure that our website is secure – for example, to make sure that personal information that you give to us does not fall into the wrong hands.

  5. To provide you with information and content which we think is relevant to you – for example, to work with our partners to serve you with targeted advertising.

 The below provides more information about the cookies we use and why.

Cookie: Google Analytics

Provider: Google

These cookies are used to collect information about how visitors use our websites. We use the information to compile reports and help us improve the site. The cookies collect information in an anonymous form, including the number of visitors to the sites, where visitors have come to the site from and the pages they have visited. Click here for an overview of privacy at Google and to edit your settings: https://policies.google.com/privacy.

  • _ga - Used to distinguish users. Duration: 2 years.
  • _gid - Used to distinguish users. Duration: 24 hours.
  • _gat - Used to throttle request rate. Duration: 24 hours.
  • AMP_TOKEN - Contains a token that can be used to retrieve a Client ID from AMP Client ID service. Other possible values indicate opt-out, inflight request or an error retrieving a Client ID from AMP Client ID service. Duration: 24 hours.
  • _gac_UA-5942152 - This contains campaign related information for the user. If an organisation linked Google Analytics and AdWords accounts, AdWords website conversion tags will read this cookie unless you opt-out. Duration: 90 days.

Cookie: Hotjar.com       

Provider: Hotjar              

These cookies collect standard internet log information and anonymous details of visitor behaviour patterns. We do this to find out things such as the number of visitors to the various parts of the site.  Click here to for an overview of Hotjar’s use of cookies and to opt-out: https://www.hotjar.com/legal/compliance/opt-out.

  • _hjDonePolls - This cookie is set once a visitor completes a poll using the Feedback Poll widget. It is used to ensure that the same poll does not re-appear if it has already been filled in. Duration: 6 months
  • _hjClosedSurveyInvites - This cookie is set once a visitor interacts with a Survey invitation modal popup. It is used to ensure that the same invite does not re-appear if it has already been shown. Duration: 365 days
  • _hjDoneTestersWidgets Hotjar - This cookie is set once a visitor submits their information in the Recruit User Testers widget. It is used to ensure that the same form does not re-appear if it has already been filled in. Duration: 365 days
  • _hjMinimizedPolls - This cookie is set once a visitor minimises a Feedback Poll widget. It is used to ensure that the widget stays minimises when the visitor navigates through your site. Duration: 6 months
  • _hjDoneTestersWidgets - This cookie is set once a visitor submits their information in the Recruit User Testers widget. It is used to ensure that the same form does not re-appear if it has already been filled in. Duration: 365 days
  • _hjMinimizedTestersWidgets - This cookie is set once a visitor minimises a Recruit User Testers widget. It is used to ensure that the widget stays minimises when the visitor navigates through your site. Duration: 365 days
  • _hjIncludedInSample - This session cookie is set to let Hotjar know whether that visitor is included in the sample which is used to generate funnels. Duration: 365 days

Cookie: Silverpop

Provider: IBM Campaign Automation    

These cookies track a user's journey through the site from an email.  Click here for an overview of privacy at IBM: https://www.ibm.com/privacy/details/uk/en/

  • com.silverpop.iMAWebCookie - Visitor key assigned by Engage. Duration: Up to 1000 days

Cookie: Optimizely

Provider: Optimizely.com

These cookies are used to test changes to the website and ensure that web visitors get the website experience most relevant to them. It is also used to report on the successful donations.  Click here for an overview of privacy at Optimizely or opt out: https://www.optimizely.com/legal/opt-out/.

  • optimizelyBuckets - Records the Optimizely Classic variation that the visitor has seen for each experiment.  This allows us to deliver a consistent experience on successive page loads. Duration: 3657 days (10 years 2 days)
  • optimizelyEndUserID - Stores a visitor's unique Optimizely identifier. No other information about you or your visitors is stored inside. Duration: 3657 days
  • optimizelySegments - Persists thevisitor's Optimizely Classic segments: browser, campaign, mobile, source type, and any custom dimensions that you may have configured. This allows us to ensure persistence of segment membership, which improves the accuracy of segmented results. Duration: 3657 days

Cookie: Facebook pixel

Provider: Facebook Inc.               

This pixel collects anonymous information such as number of site visitors and donations, which is used to help us report on success of our Facebook fundraising campaigns and ensure that future campaigns are going to a relevant audience.  Click here for more information about Facebook's use of cookies or to opt out: https://www.facebook.com/ads/preferences/?entry_product=ad_settings_screen. Duration: 180 days.

Cookie: Twitter pixel

Provider: Twitter.com

These pixels collects anonymous information such as number of site visitors and donations, which is used to help us report on success of our Twitter fundraising campaigns and ensure that future campaigns are going to a relevant audience.  Click here for more information about Twitter's use of cookies or to opt out: https://help.twitter.com/en/safety-and-security/privacy-controls-for-tailored-ads. Duration: 180 days.

Cookie: addThis              

Provider: addThis

This website uses social media tool Add This to help provide links to social network websites like Facebook and Twitter. This tool also provides buttons to print pages and to email friends etc. Click here for more information about addThis's use of cookies or to opt out: http://www.addthis.com/privacy/opt-out

  • _atssc - This cookie is used for Facebook integration. Duration: 2 years.
  • _atuvc - This cookie is used for Twitter integration. Duration: 2 years.

Cookie: Drupal 

Provider: Drupal

These cookies are used by Rescue-uk.org to function correctly for users.            

  • Drupal.tableDrag.showWeight - This cookie determines whether a numeric weight is shown when a table is dragged. Duration: 365 days.
  • has_js - This cookie determines whether the user has Javascript enabled. Duration: 365 days.
  • SSESS - This cookie stores the session ID of an authenticated user to provide them a better user experience. Duration: 4 hours.

Cookie: Cloudflare

Provider: Cloudflare, Inc.

Cloudflare, Inc. is a U.S. company that provides content delivery network services, DDoS mitigation, Internet security and distributed domain name server services: https://www.cloudflare.com/cookie-policy

  • _cfduid - Used to identify individual clients behind a shared IP address and apply security settings on a per-client basis. Duration: 6 months.

IRC also uses some cookies which are strictly necessary in order for you to use our services available on our website.       

Website cookie acceptance

By reading the cookie prompt when you visit the website you consent to our use of cookies as updated from time to time. In particular, you consent to cookies being stored on your computer and/or mobile device (unless rejected or disabled by your browser).

Turning cookies off                      

Internet browsers normally accept cookies by default. However, most browsers let you turn off either all or third-party cookies. What you are able to do depends on which browser you are using. If you do not accept our use of cookies as set out above, please set your browser to reject cookies, visit http://www.youronlinechoices.com/uk/ to learn more about cookie or install a cookie disabler such as https://www.ghostery.com/ or optout.aboutads.info or http://optout.networkadvertising.org.

However, please be aware that by not accepting our use of cookies this may impair or limit your ability to use our website. The functionality to do this is usually found in the options, settings or preferences menu of your browser or mobile device.

You may opt-out of Google’s analytics cookies by visiting Google’s opt-out page: https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout.

Click on the links below to find out how to change your cookie settings in:

More information about online advertising

The advertising companies we work with generally use cookies and similar tracking technologies as part of their services. To learn more about how advertisers generally use cookies and the choices they offer, and the steps you can take to choose which cookies you can accept or reject, you can review the website of the European Interactive Digital Alliance.

In addition, there is software available which enables you to use settings that allow to you choose which cookies are set on your computer or mobile device, such as the Ghostery app.

Updating this Notice

We may update our use of cookies from time to time and consequently we may update this Notice. We therefore recommend that you check this Notice regularly. We will notify you of any significant changes by way of a notice on our website or by contacting you directly when reasonably possible.