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Cookie Policy (UK)

This Policy sets out what cookies are, why we use cookies on our websites and your options relating to their use. You can alter your consent settings at any time.

Who are ‘we’?

We are WDC, Whale and Dolphin Conservation, a registered charity and company wholly owned and operated by WDC. A company registered in England and Wales with company number 2737421 and a charity registered in England and Wales with charity number 1014705, and Scotland with charity number SC040231. Our registered address is Brookfield House, 38 St Paul Street, Chippenham, Wiltshire SN15 1LJ.

WDC (Trading) Limited sells a range of goods through its shop and café based in Scotland, enters into corporate partnership agreements, and runs a raffle.  All of its profits are passed to WDC.  WDC (Trading) is wholly owned and controlled by WDC and all staff are employed by WDC.

When we provide services, we want to make them easy, useful and reliable. When services are delivered on the internet, it sometimes involves placing small amounts of information on your device, such as your computer or mobile phone. These include small files known as ‘cookies’. They cannot be used to identify you personally.

What are ‘cookies’?

In simple terms a cookie is a small piece of information sent from our website to your computer to help us recognise it quickly. If you prefer not to accept a cookie, you can navigate the websites like a normal user. Any information gathered through the use of cookies is compiled on an aggregate, anonymous basis.

Why do we use cookies on our websites?

We use cookies so that we can give you a better experience when you return to our websites. In particular we use cookies to:

  • avoid lengthy registration/personalisation of the site each time you visit and personalise it to suit your requirements
  • recognise you when you login and make it easier for you to access your account information
  • estimate our audience size and patterns
  • ensure that you are not asked to register twice
  • control how often visitors see similar adverts
  • track preferences and to improve and update our websites
  • track the progress and number of entries in some of our promotions and contests

Our websites may feature embedded ‘share’ buttons to enable users to easily share articles with their friends through a number of popular social networks. These sites may set a cookie when you are also logged in to their service. We do not control the dissemination of these cookies and you should check the relevant third party website for more information about these.

Use of cookies

We use two main types of cookies on our website, 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.

Session or transient cookies

These cookies allow our 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 the site. These cookies expire after a browser session ends so are not stored longer term.

Persistent, permanent or stored cookies

These cookies are stored on a user's 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 a user's preferences and choices when using our 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, simply, cookies 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.  While there is no advertising on the WDC site you will find links to other sites for the purposes of processing payments, entering events or finding additional information.  Each of these sites will have its own policy and is responsible for notifying you of its cookie usage policy.

Third Party Advertising

Third party vendors, including Google, may use cookies to serve ads based on your previous visits to our website or other websites.

Google's use of advertising cookies enables it and its partners to serve ads to you based on your visit to our site and/or other sites on the Internet.

You may opt out of personalised advertising by visiting Ads Settings. (Alternatively, you can opt out of a third-party vendor's use of cookies for personalised advertising by visiting www.aboutads.info.)

Specific cookies you may find on our website

You can find out up-to-date information which cookies are being used below.

Do I have to agree to cookies?

Most web browsers automatically accept cookies, but if you prefer, you should be able to change your browser settings to prevent that or by changing the settings in the cookie preferences on this website at anytime. You should read the information that came with your browser software to see how you can set up your browser to notify you when you receive a cookie. This should then give you the opportunity to decide whether to accept it. However, you may not be able to take full advantage of a website if you do so. Cookies are specific to the server that created them and cannot be accessed by other servers, which means they cannot be used to track your movements around the web.

Where can I get more information about cookies and how to change my settings?

To remove Google Analytics tracking please download the plug-in for your browser.

For more information about cookies, please visit www.aboutcookies.org

For information on how to change cookies settings on your browser please visit the relevant information page:

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Details about cookies on our website

CookieTypeDurationDescription
__cf_bm30 minutesThis cookie, set by Cloudflare, is used to support Cloudflare Bot Management.
__Host-GAPS2 yearsThis cookie allows the website to identify a user and provide enhanced functionality and personalisation.
_ga1 year 1 month 4 daysThe _ga cookie, installed by Google Analytics, calculates visitor, session and campaign data and also keeps track of site usage for the site's analytics report. The cookie stores information anonymously and assigns a randomly generated number to recognize unique visitors.
_ga_*1 year 1 month 4 daysGoogle Analytics sets this cookie to store and count page views.
_gat_UA-*1 minuteGoogle Analytics sets this cookie for user behaviour tracking.
_gcl_au3 monthsProvided by Google Tag Manager to experiment advertisement efficiency of websites using their services.
_gid1 dayInstalled by Google Analytics, _gid cookie stores information on how visitors use a website, while also creating an analytics report of the website's performance. Some of the data that are collected include the number of visitors, their source, and the pages they visit anonymously.
_GRECAPTCHA5 months 27 daysThis cookie is set by the Google recaptcha service to identify bots to protect the website against malicious spam attacks.
_hjAbsoluteSessionInProgress30 minutesHotjar sets this cookie to detect the first pageview session of a user. This is a True/False flag set by the cookie.
_hjFirstSeen30 minutesHotjar sets this cookie to identify a new user’s first session. It stores a true/false value, indicating whether it was the first time Hotjar saw this user.
_hjIncludedInSessionSample_27736262 minutesUsed by HotJar to support the analysis of user interactions with the website
_hjSession_*1 hourHotjar sets this cookie to ensure data from subsequent visits to the same site is attributed to the same user ID, which persists in the Hotjar User ID, which is unique to that site.
_hjSession_277362630 minutesUsed by HotJar to support the analysis of users interactions with the website
_hjSessionUser_*1 yearHotjar sets this cookie to ensure data from subsequent visits to the same site is attributed to the same user ID, which persists in the Hotjar User ID, which is unique to that site.
_hjSessionUser_27736261 yearUsed by HotJar to support the analysis of user interactions with the website
_simpleauth_sess3 monthsNo description
_tq_id.TV-81812718-1.5b391 year 1 month 4 daysThis cookie is set by TVSquared to measure impressions, reach and outcomes across linear and digital TV.
AnalyticsSyncHistory1 monthLinkedin set this cookie to store information about the time a sync took place with the lms_analytics cookie.
ANONCHK10 minutesThe ANONCHK cookie, set by Bing, is used to store a user's session ID and verify ads' clicks on the Bing search engine. The cookie helps in reporting and personalization as well.
api_token1 year 1 month 1 dayThis cookie is set by Twitch to display the embedded video and the services required to function the same.
AWSALB7 daysAWSALB is an application load balancer cookie set by Amazon Web Services to map the session to the target.
AWSALBCORS7 daysThis cookie is managed by Amazon Web Services and is used for load balancing.
bcookie1 yearLinkedIn sets this cookie from LinkedIn share buttons and ad tags to recognize browser ID.
bscookie1 yearLinkedIn sets this cookie to store performed actions on the website.
CLID1 yearMicrosoft Clarity set this cookie to store information about how visitors interact with the website. The cookie helps to provide an analysis report. The data collection includes the number of visitors, where they visit the website, and the pages visited.
COMPASS1 hourNo description
CONSENT2 yearsYouTube sets this cookie via embedded youtube-videos and registers anonymous statistical data.
COOKIE-TERRA-WEBsessionDescription is currently not available.
cookielawinfo-checkbox-advertisement1 yearSet by the GDPR Cookie Consent plugin, this cookie records the user consent for the cookies in the "Advertisement" category.
cookielawinfo-checkbox-analytics1 yearSet by the GDPR Cookie Consent plugin, this cookie records the user consent for the cookies in the "Analytics" category.
cookielawinfo-checkbox-functional1 yearThe GDPR Cookie Consent plugin sets the cookie to record the user consent for the cookies in the category "Functional".
cookielawinfo-checkbox-necessary1 yearSet by the GDPR Cookie Consent plugin, this cookie records the user consent for the cookies in the "Necessary" category.
cookielawinfo-checkbox-others1 yearSet by the GDPR Cookie Consent plugin, this cookie stores user consent for cookies in the category "Others".
cookielawinfo-checkbox-performance1 yearSet by the GDPR Cookie Consent plugin, this cookie stores the user consent for cookies in the category "Performance".
CookieLawInfoConsent1 yearRecords the default button state of the corresponding category & the status of CCPA. It works only in coordination with the primary cookie.
crumbsessionSquarespace sets this cookie to prevent cross-site request forgery (CSRF).
datadomesessionThis is a security cookie set by Force24 to detect BOTS and malicious traffic.
DotMetrics.DeviceKey1 yearDotmetrics sets this cookie for the implementation of the technical part of the MOSS measurement.
DotMetrics.UniqueUserIdentityCookie1 yearDotmetrics sets this cookie for the implementation of the technical part of the MOSS measurement.
experiment_overrides1 year 1 month 1 dayNo description
ga__12_abel1 dayNo description
ga__12_abel-ssn1 dayNo description
ga__15_abel1 dayDescription is currently not available.
ga__15_abel-ssn1 dayDescription is currently not available.
guest_id1 year 1 monthTwitter sets this cookie to identify and track the website visitor. It registers if a user is signed in to the Twitter platform and collects information about ad preferences.
IDE1 year 24 daysGoogle DoubleClick IDE cookies are used to store information about how the user uses the website to present them with relevant ads and according to the user profile.
ITSWEB6sessionNo description
KP_UIDz1 dayNo description available.
KP_UIDZ_11 dayDescription is currently not available.
KP_UIDZ_1-ssn1 dayDescription is currently not available.
KP_UIDz-ssn1 dayNo description
li_gc5 months 27 daysLinkedin set this cookie for storing visitor's consent regarding using cookies for non-essential purposes.
li_sugr3 monthsLinkedIn sets this cookie to collect user behaviour data to optimise the website and make advertisements on the website more relevant.
lidc1 dayLinkedIn sets the lidc cookie to facilitate data center selection.
MR7 daysThis cookie, set by Bing, is used to collect user information for analytics purposes.
muc_ads1 year 1 month 4 daysTwitter set this cookie to collect visitor navigation data to optimise ad relevance.
MUID1 year 24 daysBing sets this cookie to recognise unique web browsers visiting Microsoft sites. This cookie is used for advertising, site analytics, and other operations.
NID6 monthsNID cookie, set by Google, is used for advertising purposes; to limit the number of times the user sees an ad, to mute unwanted ads, and to measure the effectiveness of ads.
PathsessionNo description
personalization_id1 year 1 month 4 daysTwitter sets this cookie to integrate and share features for social media and also store information about how the user uses the website, for tracking and targeting.
PHPSESSIDsessionThis cookie is native to PHP applications. The cookie is used to store and identify a users' unique session ID for the purpose of managing user session on the website. The cookie is a session cookies and is deleted when all the browser windows are closed.
referrer_url30 minutesThis cookie is used to detect how the user reached the website by registering their last URL-address.
S1 hourUsed by Yahoo to provide ads, content or analytics.
server_session_idsessionThis cookie is set by Twitch to help in load balancing and optimizing the visitor experience.
SMsessionMicrosoft Clarity cookie set this cookie for synchronizing the MUID across Microsoft domains.
SRM_B1 year 24 daysUsed by Microsoft Advertising as a unique ID for visitors.
test_cookie15 minutesThe test_cookie is set by doubleclick.net and is used to determine if the user's browser supports cookies.
unique_id1 year 1 month 1 dayThis cookie is set by Powr.io to preserve user states across page requests.
unique_id_durable1 year 1 month 1 dayCookie that is used to register whether the user is logged in. This allows the website owner to make parts of the website inaccessible, based on the user's log-in status.
UserMatchHistory1 monthLinkedIn sets this cookie for LinkedIn Ads ID syncing.
viewed_cookie_policy1 yearThe cookie is set by the GDPR Cookie Consent plugin to store whether or not the user has consented to the use of cookies. It does not store any personal data.
VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE5 months 27 daysA cookie set by YouTube to measure bandwidth that determines whether the user gets the new or old player interface.
VISITOR_PRIVACY_METADATA6 monthsYouTube sets this cookie to store the user's cookie consent state for the current domain.
vuid1 year 1 month 4 daysVimeo installs this cookie to collect tracking information by setting a unique ID to embed videos to the website.
YSCsessionYSC cookie is set by Youtube and is used to track the views of embedded videos on Youtube pages.
yt-remote-connected-devicesneverYouTube sets this cookie to store the video preferences of the user using embedded YouTube video.
yt-remote-device-idneverYouTube sets this cookie to store the video preferences of the user using embedded YouTube video.
yt.innertube::nextIdneverThis cookie, set by YouTube, registers a unique ID to store data on what videos from YouTube the user has seen.
yt.innertube::requestsneverThis cookie, set by YouTube, registers a unique ID to store data on what videos from YouTube the user has seen.