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    How I use cookies.


    Cookies are used on this site for a variety of reasons. However, all of them currently in use on this website are used for the sole purpose of providing site functionality and for promotional purposes. As a rule, all cookies that are used on this website are 3rd party cookies. These are cookies which are created by external domains, and allow the website to function.


    Below is a list of all the 3rd party cookies used on this site and their functions:


    Host

    Cookie

    Use

    Expiry

           
    Google NID
    Contains a unique ID Google uses to remember your preferences and other information. 6 months
    DSID Used by Google to show relevant advertisements under the domain doubleclick.net. 1 day
    IDE Used by Google for advertising on non-Google sites. 2 years
    id Used by Google for advertising on non-Google sites. 2 years
           
    YouTube VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE Lets YouTube count the views of embedded YouTube videos. 8 months
    PREF Stores embedding preferences of a YouTube video. 8 months
    YSC
    Contains a unique identifier to allow the control of visits to YouTube videos. Session
    remote_sid Used for viewing YouTube videos and saves your viewing preferences. Session
           
    Twitter lang Stores the desired language information of a Twitter profile. Session
    guest_id This cookie is set for the browser to remember the guest id to display the latest news from a Twitter account. 2 years
           
    Facebook fr Used for Facebook like button embedding. 3 months
           
    ArtStation _ArtStation_session Used for ArtStation analytics purposes. 1.5 hours
    _cfduid Locates the unique ID of a loaded 3D model. 24 hours
           
    New Relic JSESSONID Used to store a session identifier so that New Relic can monitor session counts for an application. Session
    NRREFL Used to track application performance and may set permanent cookies to enable New Relic to track page load times. 3 months
    NRREFP Used to analyse the use of the New Relic site to allow troubleshooting and performance monitoring. 3 months
    __ar_v4 Collects information about the browsing habits associated with your device. 6 years
    __qca Collects information about the browsing habits associated with your device. 1 year
    _ga Allows New Relic to analyse how well its website and services are performing. 2 years
    _gid Allows New Relic to distinguish its users. 24 hours
    _mkto_trk Allows a website to link visitor behaviour to a recipient of an email marketing campaign. 2 years
    ajs_anonymous_id Used to count how many people have visited by tracking if you have visited before. 1 year
    ajs_group_id Currently doesn't store anything. 1 year
    ajs_user_id Currently doesn't store anything. 1 year
    ei_client_id Used to store information about the current user. 2 years
    optimizelyBuckets Used to store the different versions of web page variants for better comparison and performance testing. 10 years
    optimizelyEndUserId Used to enhance the user's experience and the site appearance. 10 years
    optimizelySegments Used to enhance the user's experience and the site appearance. 10 years