INFORMATION ABOUT OUR USE OF COOKIES

Why we use cookies

Our website uses cookies to distinguish you from other users of http://observatory.domains (Site). and to collect information and details of your behaviour when you use our Site. For instance, we use these cookies to determine the number of visits to our Site and what the patterns of clicks are. This helps us to provide you with a good experience when you browse our Site and allows us to improve our Site. By continuing to browse the Site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies.

What is a cookie

Cookies (also known as browser cookies or tracking cookies) are small, often encrypted, files of letters and numbers that we store on your browser or the hard drive of your computer (if you agree). Cookies contain information that is transferred to your computer’s hard drive. They are loaded when you access our Site. Our Site sends information to your browser which creates the text file (i.e., the cookie).

We use the following cookies:

  • Functional/strictly necessary cookies. These are cookies that are required for the operation of our Site. They include, for example, cookies that enable you to log into secure areas of our Site and to use online forms.
  • Statistics/performance cookies. They allow us to recognise and count the number of visitors and to see how visitors move around our Site when they are using it. This helps us to improve the way our Site works, for example, by ensuring that you are finding what you are looking for easily.
  • Marketing cookies. These include functionality cookies which are used to recognise you when you return to our Site. This enables us to personalise our content for you and remember your preferences (for example, your choice of language or region). We may also use targeting cookies to record your visit to our Site, the pages you have visited and the links you have followed. We will use this information to make our Site more relevant to your interests. We may also share this information with third parties for this purpose. Also, these are used to recognise you when you return to our Site, which allow us to remember the choices you make (i.e. your cookie preference).

Third Party Cookies

We use cookies from the following third-party sites to track your usage of our Site.

Cloudflare:

Complianz:

HubSpot:

You can find more information about the individual cookies we use and the purposes for which we use them in the table below:

 

 

Full Tag (Cookie) Name Lifespan e.g. session, persistent Full Description (i.e. what it does) Functional/ Statistics/ Marketing
_cf_bm Half an hour Cloudflare places the __cf_bm cookie on end-user devices that access customer sites protected by Bot Management or Bot Fight Mode. The __cf_bm cookie is necessary for these bot solutions to function properly Functional
cmplz_banner-status I year Complianz is a GDPR/CCPA Cookie Consent plugin that supports GDPR, ePrivacy, DSGVO, TTDSG, LGPD, POPIA, APA, RGPD, CCPA and PIPEDA. This is used to store if the cookie banner has been dismissed. Functional
cmplz_consented_services I year This Complianz cookie is used to store cookie preferences. Functional
cmplz_functional I year This Complianz cookie is used to store cookie preferences. Functional
cmplz_marketing I year This Complianz cookie is used to store cookie preferences. Functional
cmplz_policy_id I year This Complianz cookie is used to store accepted cookie policy ID. Functional
cmplz_preferences I year This Complianz cookie is used to store cookie preferences. Functional
cmplz_statistics I year This Complianz cookie is used to store cookie preferences. Functional
_hssc Half an hour HubSpot cookie for keeping track of sessions. This is used to determine if we should increment the session number and timestamps in the __hstc cookie. It contains: the domain, viewCount (increments each pageView in a session), and session start timestamp. Marketing
_hssrc Expires when browsing sessions ends We use HubSpot to track our user’s movements and activities when using our Site. Whenever HubSpot changes the session cookie, this cookie is also set to determine if you have restarted your browser. If this cookie does not exist when HubSpot manages cookies, it is considered a new session. Marketing
_hstc 389 days This helps us track visitors. It contains: the domain, utk, initial timestamp (first visit), last timestamp (last visit), current timestamp (this visit), and session number (increments for each subsequent session) Marketing
Hubspotutk 389 days This HubSpot cookie is used to keep track of a visitor’s identity. This cookie is passed to HubSpot on form submission and used when deduplicating contacts. It contains an opaque GUID to represent the current visitor. Marketing
__hs_initial_opt_in 6 days This cookie is used to prevent the banner from always displaying if you are browsing in strict mode. Functional
__hs_opt_out 389 days This cookie is used by the opt-in privacy policy to remember not to ask you to accept cookies again. This cookie is set when you are given the choice to opt out of cookies. Functional

 

You can disable the use of cookies by activating the setting on your browser that allows you to refuse the setting of all or some cookies. However, if you use your browser settings to block all cookies (including Functional cookies) you may not be able to access all or parts of our Site.