What is a cookie?
A cookie is a small file, typically of letters and numbers, downloaded on to a device when the user accesses certain websites. Cookies allow a website to recognise a user’s device.
Session and persistent cookies
Cookies can expire at the end of a browser session (from when a user opens the browser window to when they exit the browser) or they can be stored for longer (persistent cookies).
Session cookies: These cookies allow websites to link the actions of a user during a browser session. They may be used for a variety of purposes such as remembering what a user has put in their shopping basket as they browse around a site. Session cookies remain on your computer only while your current browsing session is in progress; once you finish your browser session the cookies will disappear from your computer or mobile device.
Persistent cookies: These cookies are stored on a users’ device in between browser sessions, which allows the preferences or actions of the user across a site (or in some cases across different websites) to be remembered. Persistent cookies may be used for a variety of purposes including remembering users’ preferences and choices when using a site.
First and third party cookies
Whether a cookie is ‘first’ or ‘third’ party refers to the website or domain placing the cookie. First party cookies are set by a website visited by the user – the website displayed in the URL window. Third party cookies are cookies that are set by a domain other than the one being visited by the user. If a user visits a website and a separate company sets a cookie through that website this would be a third party cookie. Scholastic does not use third party cookies on any of our websites.
If you would like to learn more about cookies and cookie legislation, please visit the International Commissioner’s Office website at www.ico.gov.uk.
Cookies used on Scholastic’s websites
|Name of cookie||Type of cookie||Purpose of cookie||Data stored||Lifespan of cookie|
|session_id||session, first party, essential||Essential for website to function||14 digit session id||Single session|
|session_main||session, first party, essential||Essential for website to function||40 character random string||Single session|
|session_clubs||session, first party, essential||Essential for website to function||40 character random string||Single session|
|_ceg.s, _ceg.u, _utma. _utmb, _utmc, _utmz||session, first party, functional||These cookies are used to collect information about how visitors use our site. We use the information to compile reports and to help us improve the site. The cookies collect information in an anonymous form. The information collected includes the number of visitors to the site, where visitors have come to the site from and the pages they visited during their session. See the Google analytics privacy overview||Single session|
|auth_token||persistent, first party, functional||Used for ‘remember me’ functionality during user login and registration.||40 character random string||1 month|
|currency||persistent, first party, functional||Used to record which currency a user prefers to use.||usd, gbp or eur||1 year|
|school_auth||persistent, first party, functional||Used on some of our educational websites to remember to which school a pupil belongs.||school id (integer)||1 year|
|affiliate_window||persistent, first party, essential||Used to make sure orders generated by our Affiliate Window scheme are labelled correctly.||“t”||30 days|
|remember_email_of_person||persistent, first party, functional||Used to remember email address of logged in customers between visits||person id (integer)||3 months|