Amnesty International’s website, like most websites, uses small text files called cookies. This note provides information on what cookies are, which cookies Amnesty International uses, and how they can be controlled.
If you wish to restrict or block cookies you can set your internet browser to do so- click on the following link for further information: www.aboutcookies.org
1. What are cookies?
Cookies are text files containing small amounts of information which are downloaded to your device when you visit a website. Cookies are then sent back to the originating website on each subsequent visit, or to another website that recognises that cookie. Cookies are widely used because they allow a website to recognise a user’s device and therefore allow enhanced functionality.
You can find out more information about cookies at: www.allaboutcookies.org some definitions used in this note are provided at part 5 below.
- to compile statistical data on the use of our website and its functioning, so that we can monitor and improve it;
- to facilitate users’ ability to navigate through our website, including to allow registered users to access secure parts of our website; and
- to allow us to share our web pages via social media platforms.
3. Which cookies does Amnesty International use?
A full list of all the cookies we use is in the table at part 6 below. Please note that we are auditing the use of these cookies and the table will be updated as we make ongoing changes.
4. How to control cookies
If you do not wish to receive cookies you can set your web browser to restrict or block them. All modern browsers allow you to change your cookie settings, typically be found in the 'options' or 'preferences' menu of your browser. In order to understand these settings, the following link may be helpful: www.aboutcookies.org
If you disable cookies you will not be able to use all the interactive features of our website.
- First Party/ Third party cookies
Refers to the web domain placing the cookie. First-party cookies are those set by a website that is being visited by the user at the time – the website displayed in the URL window. Third party cookies are cookies that are set by a domain other than that of the website being visited by the user. If a user visits a website and another entity sets the cookie through that website, this would be a third-party cookie.
- Persistent cookies
These cookies remain on a user’s device for the period of time specified in the cookie. They are activated each time that the user visits the website that created that particular cookie.
- Session cookies
These cookies allow website operators to link the actions of a user during a browser session. A browser session starts when a user opens the browser window and finishes when they close the browser window. Session cookies are created temporarily. Once you close the browser, all session cookies are deleted.
6. Full list of cookies used by Amnesty International
Below is a full list of cookies set by www.amnesty.org and the following websites:
a/ Cookies set by our website CMS
|Cookie||Names||Purpose / More Information||Expiry|
|SESS[32 character random string]||Session ID used to recognise that subsequent page requests originate from the same web browser. Essential for the correct functioning of areas of the website protected by a login.||Session|
|PHPSESSID||Session ID used to recognise that subsequent page requests originate from the same web browser. Used exclusively by earthcandle.amnesty.org||Session|
|lo_Res||Placed by the website to store preferences regarding low or high resolution of pictures used. Used exclusively by report2007.amnesty.org and report2008.amnesty.org||1 Year|
b/ First Party cookies set by our website
|Cookie||Names||Purpose / More Information||Expiry|
|Google Analytics||_utma||Amnesty International supports the use of Google Analytics within the site so that we can monitor activity on our website.||2 years|
|_utmb||Google Analytics cookies collect standard internet log information and visitor behaviour information in an anonymous form.||30 minutes|
|Reinvigorate||re_ret||Reinvigorate analytics cookies collect standard internet log information and visitor behaviour information in an anonymous form, helping Amnesty International to monitor and improve our website.||1 year|
|re_ses||Amnesty International uses web analytics solution Reinvigorate exclusively within the report2007.amnesty.org.||1 day|
c/ Third Party cookies set by our website
|Cookie||Names||Purpose / More Information|
|AddThis social plug-in||_atuvc||We use AddThis to help share our web pages via more than 300 social media platforms.|
|uvc||Expiry dates for these cookies vary from 1 month to 10 years|
|Facebook Cookies||datr||We use Facebook buttons to promote web site pages on Facebook|
|locale||Expiry dates for these cookies vary from the session to 2 years|
|Google+ cookies||PREF||We use Google+ button to allow a visitor to +1 pages from our website on Google +.|
|GMAIL.RTT||Expiry dates for these cookies vary from the session to 2 years|
|Twitter cookies||guest_id||We use Twitter buttons to allow our visitors to follow our promotional Twitter feeds, and sometimes embed feeds on our site.|
|_utma||Expiry dates for these cookies vary from the session to 10 years|
|Tweetmeme cookies||user_unique_ident||We use Tweetmemer buttons to allow our visitors to follow our promotional Twitter feeds.|
|tm_identify||Expiry dates for these cookies vary from 1 day to 1 year|
|use_hitbox||Expiry dates for these cookies vary from the session to 10 years.|