Cookies Policy

What Are Cookies

A cookie is a small file of letters and numbers that we store on your device (for example, your computer or smartphone). It allows our website to recognise your device and store some information about your preferences or past actions.

Cookies are not viruses or spyware so will not damage your computer.

Learn more about cookies.

Please note we cannot be responsible for the content of external websites.

How We Use Cookies

We use first-party cookies (cookies that we have set, that can only be read by our website) to personalise your online experience. We also use third-party cookies (cookies that are set by an organisation other than the owner of the website) for the purposes of website measurement and targeted advertising.

Necessary cookies help make a website usable by enabling basic functions like page navigation and access to secure areas of the website. The website cannot function properly without these cookies. Cookies we use:

  • __cf_bm (widgetic.com) = This cookie is used to distinguish between humans and bots. This is beneficial for the website, in order to make valid reports on the use of their website.
    Expiry = 1 day
  • CookieConsent (myelopathy.org) = Stores the user’s cookie consent state for the current domain.
    Expiry = 1 year
  • m (m.stripe.com) = Determines the device used to access the website. This allows the website to be formatted accordingly.
    Expiry = 2 years

Statistic cookies help website owners to understand how visitors interact with websites by collecting and reporting information anonymously. Cookies we use:

  • _ga (myelopathy.org) = Registers a unique ID that is used to generate statistical data on how the visitor uses the website.
    Expiry = 2 years
  • _gat (myelopathy.org) = Used by Google Analytics to throttle request rate.
    Expiry = 1 day
  • _gid (myelopathy.org) = Registers a unique ID that is used to generate statistical data on how the visitor uses the website.
    Expiry = 1 day
  • vuid (vimeo.com) = Collects data on the user’s visits to the website, such as which pages have been read.
    Expiry = 2 years

Marketing cookies are used to track visitors across websites. The intention is to display ads that are relevant and engaging for the individual user and thereby more valuable for publishers and third-party advertisers. Cookies we use:

  • ads/ga-audiences (google.com) = Used by Google AdWords to re-engage visitors that are likely to convert to customers based on the visitor’s online behaviour across websites.
    Expiry = Session
  • common/cavalry_endpoint.php (facebook.com) = Collects data on visitor behaviour from multiple websites, in order to present more relevant advertisements. This also allows the website to limit the number of times that they are shown the same advertisement.
    Expiry = Session
  • IDE (doubleclick.net) = Used by Google DoubleClick to register and report the website user’s actions after viewing or clicking one of the advertiser’s ads with the purpose of measuring the efficacy of an ad and to present targeted ads to the user.
    Expiry = 1 year
  • test_cookie (doubleclick.net) = Used to check if the user’s browser supports cookies.
    Expiry = 1 day
  • VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE (youtube.com) = Tries to estimate the users’ bandwidth on pages with integrated YouTube videos.
    Expiry = 179 days
  • YSC (youtube.com) = Registers a unique ID to keep statistics of what videos from YouTube the user has seen.
    Expiry = Session
  • yt-remote-cast-installed; yt-remote-fast-check-period; yt-remote-session-app; yt-remote-session-name (youtube.com) = Stores the user’s video player preferences using embedded YouTube video.
    Expiry = Session
  • yt-remote-connected-devices; yt-remote-device-id (youtube.com) = Stores the user’s video player preferences using embedded YouTube video
    Expiry = Persistent

How Long Do Cookies Stay on My Computer

Session cookies only last until you close your browser. They are not stored on your hard drive. They are usually used to track the pages that you visit so that information can be customised for you for that visit.

Persistent cookies are stored on your hard drive until you delete them, or they reach their expiry date. These may, for example, be used to remember your preferences when you use the site.


What Information Do We Collect Using Cookies

If you visit our website, we may record information about including (but not limited to):

  • Which pages of our website you visit and engage with and the amount of time you spend on our site, and whether you have visited our website before or are a new visitor 
  • The type of device and browser you use, and the geographic location associated with your IP address or device such as country, region etc. 
  • How you came to our website – for example, through an email link or a search engine
  • How you use the website and the quality of your experience – for example, any error messages that you receive on the site

Although not through cookies, we do measure the success of the emails we send – so we know what subject lines and stories people liked the most. We receive this information anonymously; we don’t share this information.

Managing Your Cookies

With most Internet browsers, you can erase or block cookies or ask to receive a warning before a cookie is stored. You can block cookies by activating the setting on your browser that allows you to refuse the setting of all or some cookies. The “Help” function within your browser should tell you how. Alternatively, you may wish to visit Your Online Choices 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 computer as well as more general information about cookies.

To deactivate the use of third-party cookies, you may visit the consumer page to manage the use of these types of cookies. 

If you decline cookies (including necessary cookies), some aspects of the site may not work on your computer or smartphone and you may not be able to access areas you want on the website. For this reason, we recommend that you accept cookies.

If you delete all your cookies you will have to update your preferences with us again.

If you use a different device, computer profile or browser you will have to tell us your preferences again.