Last Updated: 3-21-2019
A cookie is a file designed to contain a small amount of user and website information stored on a user’s computer or device. The file interacts with the user and the website to provide a webpage tailored to the user through its awareness of information held within the file. Cookies also have the ability to carry all or parts of the information stored within the file to other websites that the user may visit or to third parties.
Types of Cookies
A session cookie is temporary, linking the actions of a user during any given browser session. When the browser is closed, the cookie is deleted.
A permanent cookie, also known as a persistent cookie, is stored for a specific period of time and activates each time the user visits the website that created the cookie. They are used for purposes including tracking the number of unique visitors to our Sites and information such as the number of views a page gets, how much time a user spends on a page, and other pertinent web statistics.
Some of the cookies are used exclusively by LLUH, and therefore are called “first-party cookies.” We also use third-party service providers to assist us by providing certain statistical and analytics information. These parties may set cookies known as “third-party cookies.” A “third-party cookie” is placed by a domain other than that of the website the user is visiting.
We use third-party, session and persistent cookies and similar technology to collect aggregate (non-personal) information about the Sites usage by all of our visitors and to help us remember you and your preferences when you revisit the Sites. These cookies may stay on your browser into the future until they expire or you delete them. We also use this technology to remember you the next time you visit our Sites. Some of these cookies are erased when you close your browser window and some persist for a period of time. Further general information about cookies and how they work is available at http://cookies.insites.com.
We may allow selected third parties to place cookies through the Sites to provide us with better insights into the use of the Sites or user demographics or to provide relevant advertising to you. These third parties may collect information about a user’s online activities over time and across different websites when you use our Sites.
Below you will find a detailed list of the first-party cookies we use on our Sites:
|nmstat||Performance||1000 days||SiteImprove cookie to gather website usage statistics|
|_ga||Performance||2 years||Google Analytics cookie to identify unique users across browsing sessions|
|_gid||Performance||24 hours||Google Analytics cookie to measure how users interact with website content|
|_gat||Performance||1 Minute||Google Analytics cookie to throttle the request rate – limiting the collection of data on high traffic sites.|
|__atuvc||Functional||396 days||AddThis cookie to enable visitors to share content with a range of networking and sharing platforms. It stores an updated page share count.|
|__atuvs||Functional||30 minutes||AddThis cookie to enable visitors to share content with a range of networking and sharing platforms. It stores an updated page share count.|
|__ar_v4||Targeting / Advertising||2083 days||This cookie is associated with the DoubleClick advertising service from Google. Helps with tracking conversion rates for ads.|
|__cfduid||Necessary||1 Year||Used by the content network, Cloudflare, to identify trusted web traffic.|
|JSESSIONID||Necessary||Session||Preserves users states across page requests.|
|yt-player-bandwidth||Preferences||Persistent||Used to determine the optimal video quality based on the visitor's device and network settings.|
|siteimproveses||Statistics||Session||This cookie contains an ID string on the current session. This contains non-personal information on what subpages the visitor enters – this information is used to optimize the visitor's experience.|
|_at.cww||Marketing||Persistent||Used by the social sharing platform AddThis.|
|at-rand||Marketing||Persistent||Used by the social sharing platform AddThis.|
|GPS||Marketing||1 Day||Registers a unique ID on mobile devices to enable tracking based on geographical GPS location.|
|IDE||Marketing||1 Year||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.|
|Loc||Marketing||13 Months||Geolocation, which is used to help providers determine how users who share information with each other are geographically located (state level).|
|PREF||Marketing||8 Months||Registers a unique ID that is used by Google to keep statistics of how the visitor uses YouTube videos across different websites.|
|r/collect||Marketing||Session||This cookie is used to send data to Google Analytics about the visitor's device and behavior. It tracks the visitor across devices and marketing channels.|
|test_cookie||Marketing||1 Day||Used to check if the user's browser supports cookies.|
|uvc||Marketing||13 months||Detects how often the social sharing service, AddThis, encounters the same user.|
|VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE||Marketing||179 Days<||Tries to estimate the users' bandwidth on pages with integrated YouTube videos.|
|Xtc||Marketing||13 Months||Registers the user's sharing of content via social media.|
|YSC||Marketing||Session||Registers a unique ID to keep statistics of what videos from YouTube the user has seen.|
|yt-player-headers-readable||Marketing||Persistent||Collects data on visitor interaction with the website's video-content - This data is used to make the website's video-content more relevant towards the visitor.|
Adjusting Cookie Settings
You can change your cookie settings by reviewing your internet browser’s cookie options. The links below to popular browsers may help you understand your cookie options better. Typically, such information can be found under the browser’s ‘Help’, ‘Preferences’ or ‘Options’ menus.
- Cookie settings in Chrome
- Cookie settings in Firefox
- Cookie settings in Internet Explorer
- Cookie settings in Safari – iOS
- Cookie settings in Safari – macOS
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