What are cookies?

Cookies are small text files, placed on your device in order to remember certain information about you from your visit to our site. They usually consist of a randomly generated unique number which can be accessed either by a web server or the clients computer.

What do we use these cookies for?

These are used to make our website work more efficiently and help us to provide you with a good experience. We also use cookies to gather anonymous, aggregated statistics which we can then utilize to understand how visitors use our website and work towards improving the content and layout. We cannot personally identify you from this information.

Cookies used by Cairn Research

Cookies set by us are called first-party cookies however we do use third-party cookies which are from a different domain from Cairn Research. Third-party cookies are used to enhance our advertising and marketing efforts and are all GDPR compliant. Their privacy/cookie policies can be found listed below, along with a detailed description of what cookies they use. You can opt-out of each cookie category at any time (except strictly necessary cookies).

The four cookies that may be used on Cairn Research are:

  • Strictly Necessary Cookies
  • Performance Cookies
  • Functional Cookies
  • Targeting Cookies

Strictly Necessary Cookies

These are essential to enable you to move around our website and use its features and cannot be switched off. These are usually set in response to actions made by users such as setting your privacy preferences, accessing secure areas of our site, for example, my account or filling in contact forms. You can change your browser settings to block or alert you of these cookies, however, this can cause some parts of the site to not work.

Cookie NameDescriptionExpiration Time
Google Tag Manager

Google Tag Manager allows us to capture additional interactions with our site’s content such as scroll depth and other common kinds of tracking through Google Analytics.

This is used to load scripts into our website pages via Google Tag Manager.

1 Minute

Cairn Research

This cookie is native to PHP and enables our website to store serialized state data.

This is used to establish a user session which then passes state data via a temporary cookie, commonly referred to as a session cookie.

After Session

Performance Cookies

These are used to collect information about how you use our website, for example, what pages you visit as well as if you experience any errors. These cookies do not collect any information that can identify you; all information collected is anonymous which we use to improve the functionality of our website. If you choose not to allow these cookies, we will not be able to tell if you have visited our site. Should you choose to allow performance cookies, we have altered our Google Analytics by setting the last octet of IPv4 user IP addresses and the last 80 bits of IPv6 addresses to zeros. This means no full IP address is ever written to disk in this case meaning, even if you told us your IP address, we wouldn’t be able to find you in our analytics data.

Cookie NameDescriptionExpiration Time
Google AnalyticsGoogle Analytics gathers information that allows us to understand the interactions users have with our website. Having a better understanding helps us to refine your experience to better serve you.

_utmaThis is used to distinguish users and sessions2 Years
_utmzIdentifies the traffic source or campaign that explains how users reached our site6 Months
_gat (_dc_gtm_This is used to throttle the request rate when Google Analytics is deployed through Google Tag Manager1 Minute
_gidThis is also used to distinguish users24 Hours
_gaThis is also used to distinguish user2 Years
_utmbThis is used to determine new sessions/visits. This is updated every time data is sent to Google Analytics30 Minutes
_utmcThis is used to determine whether a user was in a new session/visitEnd of browser

Functional Cookies

These help to provide certain navigation elements of our website which enhance your browsing experience and the functionality of the website. These tend to be set by third-party providers to allow videos and live chats. Should you choose not to allow these cookies, some or all of these functionalities may not perform properly.

Cookie NameDescriptionExpiration Time

Tawk.To allows us to monitor and chat with visitors to our website in real-time.

This cookie is set to allow us to connect directly with visitors via Tawk.To’s online chatting software where we are able to deal with customer queries quickly.
After Session

Targeting Cookies

These cookies are set by our third-party advertising partners. These may be used to create a profile of your interests and therefore present you with relevant ads on other sites that you visit. These uniquely identify your browser and device; should you choose not to allow these cookies, our targeted advertising will no longer apply to you.

Cookie NameDescriptionExpiration Time
Lucky OrangeLucky Orange is an analytics system that helps to improve usability and overall customer experience.
_lotlIdentifies the traffic source URL of the visitor’s original referrer, if there is any.180 Days
_lo_uiThis shows the unique identifier for the visitor.2 Years
_lo-uThis is used to show the total number of the visitor’s visits.2 Years
_lo_vThis is also used to show the total number of the visitor’s visits.1 Year
_loridThis is used to identify the ID of the visitors current recording.2 Years
Lo_session_inThis is used to distinguish the current users session.After Session

This cookie policy was updated on 24th May 2018. Please refer back to this from time-to-time as this will be kept up to date to reflect any recent changes.