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Cookies

    On 26th May 2011, new laws came into force in the UK that affect most web sites. If cookies are used in a site, the Privacy and Electronic Communications (EC Directive) (Amendment) Regulations 2011 (UK Regulations) provide that certain information must be given to that site's visitors and the user must give his or her consent to the placing of the cookies.

    How AchieveForms and Self use Cookies

    We do not store personal information in cookies. We only store session identifiers and information used to maintain the client state.

     

    This complies with the regulations:

    The UK Regulations mean that a website operator must not store information or gain access to information stored in the computer (or other web-enabled device) of a user unless the user "is provided with clear and comprehensive information about the purposes of the storage of, or access to, that information" and "has given his or her consent".  The consent requirement in the UK Regulations replaces the previous position which provided that visitors should be given the option to refuse cookies.

    The only cookies that do not need users' consent are those that are necessary to fulfill the user's request. That will cover, for example, the use of cookies to remember the contents of a user's shopping cart as the user moves through several pages on a website. Other cookies, including those used to count visitors to a site and those used to serve advertising, will require consent.

    (Information was taken from here: http://www.aboutcookies.org/Default.aspx?page=3)
     

    Specific details of all cookies used

     

    Server generated cookies
    • AWSELB - "Amazon Web Services Elastic Load Balancer" - Used to direct your request to the appropriate server. No personal information is contained or used.
    • firmstep2server - Used to direct your request to the appropriate server. No personal information is stored.
    • firmstep2session - A unique identifier given to you for the duration of your site visit. It is used to ensure that you and only you are shown information relevant to you. It contains no personally identifiable information, but is temporarily linked to your user account when you log in.
    • ASP.NET_SessionId - A unique identifier given to you for the duration of your site visit. It is used to ensure that you and only you are shown information relevant to you. It contains no personally identifiable information, but is temporarily linked to your user account if you log in.
    • PHPSESSID - Same as above but unique to Self sites

     

    Cookies set by javascript
    • 0.js:
      • fs2logevents: Only set by explicit user action. Increases the level of internal debug information kept by the browser.
      • fs2debug: Only set by explicit user action. Causes the display of a button to allow the user to submit browser debug information for diagnostics.
      • fs2diag: Only set by explicit user action. Causes the display of a toolbar that can submit or display browser debug information.
      • NoAJAT: Used to disable AJAX. Only appears in redundant code. No longer actually set/used.
    • combined.js:
      • ui-tabs: Used by the client to maintain tabs state when the user moves between pages.

     

    AchieveCommunity / AchieveCity CMS Solutions - when the user is authenticated

     

    For CMS, no cookies are required for anonymous browsing by default, however the inclusion of utilities such as the google translation bar will introduce cookies to the site. These will include third party cookies in the case of the google translation bar, or google analytics modules.

     

     

    For authenticated CMS users, a session cookie is used to keep the user logged in to the site. This can be configured either as a session or persistent cookie depending upon the customer requirements. The session cookie contains simply a random alphanumeric string to identify the user, it does not contain user information. The session cookie is required strictly for correct operation of the website. Users will not be able to log in to the site if the cookie is blocked.

     

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