Cookie Policy

 

We collect information from your visits to our websites and your use of our cloud services and our software products to help us gather statistics about usage and effectiveness, personalise your experience, tailor our interactions with you, and improve our products and services. We use "cookies" to do this.

What are cookies and why are cookies used?

Cookies are used by nearly all websites and do not harm your system. A cookie is a piece of data that a website can send to your browser, which may then be stored on your computer as a tag that identifies your computer. While cookies are often only used to measure website usage (such as number of visitors and duration of visit) and effectiveness (such as topics visitors are most interested in) and to allow for ease of navigation or use and, as such, are not associated with any personal information, they are also used at times to personalise a known visitor's experience of a website by being associated with profile information or user preferences. Over time this information provides valuable insight to help improve the user experience.

Cookies are typically classed as "session" cookies or "persistent" cookies.

Cookies can also be categorised as:
 
If you want to check or change what types of cookies you accept, this can usually be altered within your browser settings. You can block cookies at any time 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 essential cookies) you may not be able to access all or parts of our site.

How to express privacy preferences regarding the use of cookies

When visiting our websites or online services, you may have the possibility to set your preferences regarding cookies and other similar technologies by using the options and tools made available to you by your web browser. If a cookie manager has been implemented by a PDS Group Company, it will be displayed at your first visit to our website. By clicking 'cookie preferences' at the footer of a PDS Group Company website you can either:

 

You can find more information on all cookies used by our websites and why we use them, in the table below.

 

While PDS Group Company websites, online and cloud services at this time do not recognise automated browser signals regarding tracking mechanisms, such as "do not track" instructions, you can generally express your privacy preferences regarding the use of most cookies and similar technologies through your web browser. Look under the heading "Tools" (or similar heading) in your particular browser for information about controlling cookies. In most instances you can set your browser to notify you before you receive a cookie, giving you the option to decide whether to accept it or not. You can also generally set your browser to turn off cookies. Cookies in our software products can be turned off in the product itself. Since cookies allow you to take advantage of some of our websites' features or features of our software products and cloud services, we recommend that you leave them turned on. If you block, turn off or otherwise reject our cookies, some web pages may not display properly, or you will not be able to, for instance, use any website or cloud services that require you to sign in.

Cookies used by PDS Group Websites

 

COOKIE NAME PROVIDER PURPOSE EXPIRY TYPE CLASSIFICATION CLASSIFICATION COMMENT
_ga
pds.group
Registers a unique ID that is used to generate statistical data on how the visitor uses the website.
Persistent
(2 years)
HTTP
Performance cookies
_gat
pds.group
Used by Google Analytics to throttle request rate
Session
HTTP
Performance cookies
Opening PDS Group websites does drop a "_gat_gtag_<google analytics application id>" cookie. Hence we can specify the cookie name as _gat*.
_gid
pds.group
Registers a unique ID that is used to generate statistical data on how the visitor uses the website.
Persistent (1 Day)
HTTP
Performance cookies
sc_pdsgroup_cookie_consent & sc_pdsgroup_cookie_deny_consent
pds.group
These are cookies that we create to identify if the user accepted/denied the use of tracking cookies when browsing through the PDS Group websites.
sc_pdsgroup_cookie_consent is a Persistent cookie with a validity of 6 months.
sc_pdsgroup_cookie_deny_consent is a Persistent cookie with a validity of 3 months.
HTTP
Strictly necessary cookies
Custom functionality used to identify if the user accepted/denied the use of tracking cookies when browsing through the PDS Group websites.
__RequestVerificationToken
pds.group
This is an ASP.Net anti-forgery token
Session
HTTP
Strictly necessary cookies
Without this, form submission functionality across PDS websites will not work
ASP.NET_SessionId
pds.group
A .NET cookie that gives the user a unique session ID. It is deleted when the session is terminated (when the browser is closed) and does not collect or store any personally identifiable information about you.
Session
HTTP
Strictly necessary cookies
SC_ANALYTICS_SESSION_COOKIE
pds.group
Analytics cookie; uses a unique GUID (id)to track user behaviours through the site. No personal identification is collected or stored
Session
HTTP
Functionality cookies
SC_ANALYTICS_GLOBAL_COOKIE
pds.group
Analytics cookie; uses a unique GUID (id)to track user behaviours through the site. No personal identification is collected or stored
Persistent
(10 years)
HTTP
Performance cookies
<website name>#lang
pds.group
Cookie generated to display content in specified language. No personal identification is collected or stored
Session
HTTP
Strictly necessary cookies

 

ARRAffinity
pds.group
Application Request Routing decides which available instance the current request must go to and serves the request to the Web App Server instance, in the process, attaching this ARRAffinity cookie to the request. This cookies is necessary for a scaled application farm to work properly. No personal information is collected or stored.
Session
HTTP
Strictly necessary cookies

 

Last Updated: September 2018