Cookies and how they Benefit You

Our website uses cookies, as almost all websites do, to help provide you with the best experience we can. Cookies are small text files that are placed on your computer or mobile phone when you browse websites

Our cookies help us:

  • Make our website work as you'd expect
  • Save you having to login every time you visit the site
  • Remember your settings during and between visits
  • Improve the speed/security of the site
  • Allow you to share pages with social networks like Facebook
  • Continuously improve our website for you
  • Make our marketing more efficient (ultimately helping us to offer the service we do at the price we do)

We do not use cookies to:

  • Collect any personally identifiable information (without your express permission)
  • Collect any sensitive information (without your express permission)
  • Pass personally identifiable data to third parties
  • Pay sales commissions

You can learn more about all the cookies we use below

Granting us permission to use cookies

If the settings on your software that you are using to view this website (your browser) are adjusted to accept cookies we take this, and your continued use of our website, to mean that you are fine with this. Should you wish to remove or not use cookies from our site you can learn how to do this below, however doing so will likely mean that our site will not work as you would expect.

More about our Cookies

Website Function Cookies

Our own cookies

We use cookies to make our website work including:

  • Determining if you are logged in or not (MYA Space)
  • Remembering your search settings
  • Allowing you to add comments to our site
  • Remembering if we have already asked you certain questions (e.g. you declined to use our app or take our survey)

There is no way to prevent these cookies being set other than to not use our site.

Third party functions

Our site, like most websites, includes functionality provided by third parties. A common example is an embedded YouTube video. Our site includes the following which use cookies:

Disabling these cookies will likely break the functions offered by these third parties

Social Website Cookies

So you can easily 'Like' or share our content on the likes of Facebook and Twitter we have included sharing buttons on our site.

Cookies are set by:

The privacy implications on this will vary from social network to social network and will be dependent on the privacy settings you have chosen on these networks.

Site Improvement Cookies

We regularly test new designs or site features on our site. We do this by showing slightly different versions of our website to different people and anonymously monitoring how our site visitors respond to these different versions. Ultimately this helps us to offer you a better website.

We use:

Anonymous Visitor Statistics Cookies

We use cookies to compile visitor statistics such as how many people have visited our website, what type of technology they are using (e.g. Mac or Windows which helps to identify when our site isn't working as it should for particular technologies), how long they spend on the site, what page they look at etc. This helps us to continuously improve our website. These so called 'analytics' programs also tell us if , on an anonymous basis, how people reached this site (e.g. from a search engine) and whether they have been here before helping us to put more money into developing our services for you instead of marketing spend.

We use:

Advertising Cookies

Cookies are widely used in online advertising. Neither us, advertisers or our advertising partners can gain personally identifiable information from these cookies.

You can learn more about online advertising at http://www.youronlinechoices.com . You can opt-out of almost all advertising cookies at http://www.youronlinechoices.com/uk/your-ad-choices . It is worth noting that opting out of advertising cookies will not mean you won't see adverts, just simply that they won't be tailored to you any longer.

We use:

Remarketing Cookies

You may notice that sometimes after visiting a site you see increased numbers of adverts from the site you visited. This is because advertisers, including ourselves pay for these adverts. The technology to do this is made possible by cookies and as such we may place a so called remarketing cookie during your visit. We use these adverts to offer special offers etc to encourage you to come back to our site. Don't worry we are unable to proactively reach out to you as the whole process is entirely anonymised. You can opt out of these cookies at anytime as explained above.

Turning Cookies Off

You can usually switch cookies off by adjusting your browser settings to stop it from accepting cookies (Learn how here). Doing so however will likely limit the functionality of our's and a large proportion of the world's websites as cookies are a standard part of most modern websites

It may be that you concerns around cookies relate to so called "spyware". Rather than switching off cookies in your browser you may find that anti-spyware software achieves the same objective by automatically deleting cookies considered to be invasive. Learn more about  managing cookies with antispyware software.

Full list of cookies used on MYA.co.uk and MYA Microsites

Cookie File Name Description Expiration
referrerType Used to track where you've come from when you visit mya.co.uk, the 'referrer'. Commonly, this will contain the URL of the page you visted when you click a link to visit our website, or the words you search for in Google to find out website. End of session
PHPSESSID This cookie is used by our blog to keep track of how a site visitor uses our blog and forum. It stores a unique ID to identify you as a visitor. End of session
ASP.NET_SessionId Mya Ask An Expert session ID, used to identify you as a visitor. End of session
bp-activity-oldestpage Used on the Mya forum to tell which mages you've visited before on the forum End of session
wordpress_test_cookie Used by our blog and forum to test if you can accept cookies or not. End of session
wordpress_logged_in{id} Used by our blog and forum if you are logged in as a user, stored a unique user ID so you can post on the forum/blog. 30 days from set/update
wordpress_{id} Used by our blog and forum if you are logged in as a user, stored a unique user ID so you can post on the forum/blog. 30 days from set/update

Full list of cookies used by 3rd Parties

Cookie File Name Distributor Description Expiration
__utma Google Analytics Set by Google Analytics to help identify a visitor as unique. So if you visit our website more than once. 2 years from set/update
__utmb Google Analytics Set by Google Analytics to track your current session on our website 30 minutes from set/update
__utmc Google Analytics Set by Google Analytics - not currently in use any more. Historically this cookie used to be used with __utmb to check whether or not to establish a new session for that visitor - whether they were a new visitor or not. End of session
__utmz Google Analytics Set by Google Analytics to store the type of referral for each visitor, such as a direct visitor, referring hyperlink or a website search. 6 months from set/update
x-src Facebook Used by Facebook's 'like', 'share' and 'comment' social sharing features on our site, used to know what the previous page you looked at was. 6 months from set/update
s Facebook Used by Facebook's 'like', 'share' and 'comment' social sharing features on our site - unique user ID code. 7 months from set/update
lu Facebook Used by Facebook's 'like', 'share' and 'comment' social sharing features on our site - unique user ID code. 6 months from set/update
locale Facebook Used by Facebook's 'like', 'share' and 'comment' social sharing features on our site - stored you locale to display facebook features in your language. 6 months from set/update
datr Facebook Used by Facebook to detect suspicious activity to help keep Facebook safe. 6 months from set/update
sessionid_{id} CoverItLive   5 days from set/update
dc Lotame Cookie used to help tailor content to the users visit on mya.co.uk End of session
aud Lotame Cookie used to help tailor content to the users visit on mya.co.uk 636 days from set/update
OAID Lotame Cookie used to help tailor content to the users visit on mya.co.uk 636 days from set/update
cc Lotame Cookie used to help tailor content to the users visit on mya.co.uk 636 days from set/update
tst DC Storm    
stc3305 DC Storm This is the third party cookie used to store all the other cookie data in concatenated form. The Cookie's name has the site ID in it. 1000 days after set/update
_#vdf DC Storm Stores the visit definition - ts type, number of visits, expiry 1000 days after set/update
_#tsa DC Storm Stores the referrer details to avoid duplicate Landing events 1000 days after set/update
_#uid DC Storm Stores a user identifier (only within a site) 1000 days after set/update
_#srchist DC Storm Stores the history of traffic sources the user has arrived to the site by 1000 days after set/update
_#sess DC Storm Stores information about the session  
_#env DC Storm Flags whether the environment variables (screen size, browser etc) need to be collected again 30 days after set/update
WRUID ClickTale Stores the visitors session ID 1 year from set/update
WRIgnore ClickTale Turns off ClickTale user tracking functionality. 1 year from set/update
VISID HitsLink Stores the visitors session ID 25 years somce set/update
VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE YouTube Cookie that checks if the user wants to see a new YouTube home page when they visit YouTube 5 motnhs after set/update
PREF YouTube YouTube preferences 10 years from set/update
LOGIN_INFO YouTube Login functions for YouTube 10 years from set/update
demographics YouTube Cookie that adds the viewed content to an aggregated demographics system 513 days after set/update
SID YouTube YouTube session id 10 years from set/update
HSID YouTube YouTube session id 10 years from set/update
SSID YouTube YouTube secure session id 10 years from set/update
ACTIVITY YouTube Used by YouTube to monitor your YouTube activity End of session
use_hitbox YouTube Whether to use HitBox visitor statistics End of session
sg-response-{id} Survey Gizmo Used by Survey Gizmo to identify which survey you are participating in when you're filling out a Mya survey. 3 months from set/update
su_bc Stumble Upon   1 month from set/update

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