How we handle your data

How we handle your data

In this section you will find information on what cookies may be set when you visit the Shoosmiths website and how to reject or delete those cookies. If you wish to read Shosmiths Policy on cookies, this can be found on our Terms of use and privacy policy.

What are Cookies?

A cookie is a data file that a website sends to your browser which then stores it on the device that you are using to browse the website.

Cookies are an extremely common technology for remembering certain information about a visitor between web pages. The vast majority of websites currently make use of cookies and they are commonly used for a wide range of tasks, including but not limited to:

  • login
  • remembering preferences
  • tracking visitors
  • targeting adverts

Web sites use cookies mainly because they save time and make the browsing experience more efficient and enjoyable. Web sites often use cookies for the purposes of collecting demographic information and to profile users for marketing purposes. This information helps people running a website to see what parts of the site are popular and which sections need improving to make the experience better for the visitor.

This document is designed to give you, the user information on the specific cookies used on the Shoosmiths website.

How to control and delete cookies

Shoosmiths will not use cookies to collect personally identifiable information about you. However, if you wish to restrict or block the cookies which are set on the Shoosmiths, or indeed any other website, you can do this through your browser settings. The Help function within your browser should tell you how.

Alternatively, you may wish to visit http://www.allaboutcookies.org/ which contains comprehensive information on how to do this on a wide variety of browsers. You will also find details on how to delete cookies from your computer as well as more general information about cookies.

Please be aware that restricting cookies may impact on the functionality of the Shoosmiths website.

Shoosmiths also uses a number of suppliers who set cookies on the Shoosmiths website on our behalf in order to deliver certain services and features. If you would like more information about the cookies used by these organisations, as well as information on how to opt-out, please review the table below.

Cookie Name Purpose 
Google Analytics The Shoosmiths website uses Google Analytics; a web analytics service provided by Google, Inc. Google Analytics sets a cookie in order to evaluate your use of the Shoosmiths website and compile reports for us on website activity. This cookie does not collect information that identifies an individual. How to reject or delete these cookies http://www.google.com/intl/en/privacypolicy.html
Google+ Cookies Cookies from Google + allow users to share content from the Shoosmiths website on their personal Google + profile.
YouTube We use YouTube to show some of our video content and YouTube may set cookies on your browser in order to display the video and monitor non-attributable statistical information. Information on YouTube's privacy policy can be found here http://www.google.co.uk/intl/en/policies/privacy/ 
Shoosmiths Interactive Shoosmiths Interactive is the name for our extranet solution that we offer to clients. This domain sets session cookies for use when clients login to the system. Session cookies exist only during a website visitor's online session. They disappear when the user closes the browser. You can review terms of use of this site.
myinfo.shoosmiths.co.uk This domain is used for sending out our client briefings to our mailing lists. Session cookies are used to pass the store the type of mailing to display and expire at the end of the session. Terms and conditions for this site fall under the Shoosmiths Terms of use which you can view here: http://www.shoosmiths.co.uk/terms-of-use-19.aspx
Sharethis widget We use a 'Sharethis' widget to make it easier to share content found on the Shoosmiths website. The cookies are set by the third party. Sharethis has provided privacy information and an opt-out on their website http://sharethis.com/privacy
LinkedIn Share this LinkedIn cookie, placed by the LinkedIn share button. This cookie is used to track which pages the user visits and if activiated pass that information to LinkedIn to include on the users profile. For more information visit LinkedIn's privacy policy page.

Cookies set by Third Party sites

To improve your website experience; we sometimes embed video content from websites like YouTube and photos from Flickr. As a result, when you visit a page with content embedded, you may be presented with cookies from these websites. Shoosmiths does not control the dissemination of these cookies. You should check the relevant third party website for more information about these.

Sharing Tools

We would like to draw your attention to the fact that the Shoosmiths website now carries embedded 'share' buttons to enable users of the site to easily share articles with their contacts through a number of popular social networks. These sites may set a cookie when you are also logged in to their service. Shoosmiths does not control the dissemination of these cookies and you should check the relevant third party website for more information about these.

Main cookies used on the Shoosmiths website

Below is a list of the main cookies used on the Shoosmiths website, and what each is used for.

List of Google Analytics cookies used

Name _utmv 
Purpose The __utmv cookie gets set on the user's computer, so that Google Analytics knows how to classify that visitor. This allows Shoosmiths to segment users while using Google Analytics. This segmenting applies to many areas including location, browser used & search terms.
Expires At the end of session
Source www.shoosmiths.co.uk
Name  _utmb & _utmc 
ID 121978953.35.10.1334650573
Purpose The _utmb & _utmc cookies work to calculate how long a visit lasts. __utmb takes a timestamp of the exact moment in time when a visitor enters a site, while __utmc takes a timestamp of the exact moment in time when a visitor leaves a site.
Expires At end of session
Source www.shoosmiths.co.uk

Name  _utmz 
ID  121978953.1334650573.1.1.utmcsr=(direct)|utmccn=(direct)|utmcmd=(none)
Purpose  The __utmz cookie keeps track of where the visitor came from, what search engine was used, what links were clicked, what keyword was used, and where a user was in the world when they accessed a website. This cookie is how Google Analytics knows to whom and to what source /medium/keyword to assign the credit for a Goal Conversion or an Ecommerce Transaction.
Expires  6 months 
Source  www.shoosmiths.co.uk 

Name   _utma
ID  121978953.2053793008.1334650573.1334650573.1334650573.1 
Purpose  This cookie keeps track of the number of times a visitor has been to the site pertaining to the cookie, when their first visit was, and when their last visit occurred. Google Analytics uses the information from this cookie to calculate things like Days and Visits to purchase.
Expires   This cookie is what is called a "persistent" cookie, as it will not expire until deleted by the user
Source  www.shoosmiths.co.uk
   

Cookies used by Google+

Google + is a social platform operated by Google which allows users signed into their personal Google + account to click on a Google +1 button in order to share content from the web with their selected circles.

The Google + cookies used on the Shoosmiths website enables the Google +1 button on certain pages of our site, which allows the user to easily +1 a page and shares it on their Google+ profile with their selected circles.

List of Cookies

  • GALX
  • GAPS
  • GoogleAccountsLocale_Session
  • CheckConnectionTempCookie996

The information below relates directly to the cookies listed above and is taken directly from the Google website.

Does Google track my visits to pages with the +1 button even when I don't +1 something?
The +1 button isn't used to track your visits across the web. Google doesn't keep a persistent record of your browsing history as part of the process of showing you a +1 button or otherwise use the fact that you personally have visited a page with the +1 button. Google may keep some information about your visit, usually for about two weeks, to maintain and debug its systems. This information isn't organized by individual profiles, usernames, or URLs.

Why does Google need this information?
When you do a Google search or visit a page with a +1 button, we send different pieces of your request to separate servers which helps the +1 button load quickly. To ensure those servers are processing your request correctly, and in the rare cases where we need to debug our systems, this information helps us find the source of the problem between servers and fix it.

What data is sent to Google when you click +1?
In order to store your +1 and make it visible to the public, Google receives information about your Google profile, the URL you +1, your IP address, and other browser-related information. If you undo your +1, this information will be deleted. You can see all your +1's in the +1's tab of your profile.

Name  GALX 
ID   LQvR0IcmR9I 
Expires  End of session 
Source  accounts.google.com 
Name  GAPS 
ID  1:PmB1uUYCqHmwOxBE8Cwxi5jRpS2WXA:IdOQtE1S2I1-NZiw 
Expires  End of session 
Source   accounts.google.com 
Name  GoogleAccountsLocale_session 
ID  en 
Expires  End of session 
Source  accounts.google.com 

YouTube cookies used on site

Name  CheckConnectionTempCookie996 
ID  430372 
Expires  End of session 
Source  accounts.youtube.com 
Name  GoogleAccountsLocale_session 
ID  En_GB 
Expires  End of session 
Source  accounts.youtube.com 
   

Cookies used on extranet domain http://interactive.shoosmiths.co.uk/

Name  JSESSIONID 
ID  -hkq0vwuvgytphu61 
Purpose  Session cookie required in order to use the extranet site 
Expires  End of session 
Source  interactive.shoosmiths.co.uk 

Cookies used on https://myinfo.shoosmiths.co.uk

Name  ASPSESSIONIDQSRCDARC 
ID  GOLKALAAILLGGHKCIBDLCPPF 
Purpose  Session cookie for when user opens one of our online briefings. 
Expires  End of session 
Source  myinfo.shoosmiths.co.uk 
Name  RSGENPAGEEVENT 
ID  COMMERCIAL0509 
Purpose  Session cookie used to indicate the first page to be viewed when opening a briefing 
Expires  End of session 
 
Source   Myinfo.shoosmiths.co.uk 
 
Name  RSGENPAGEEVENTLAST 
ID  COMMERCIAL0509 
Purpose   Session cookie used to indicate the following page should a user interact with one of our briefings. 
Expires  End of session 
 
Source   myinfo.shoosmiths.co.uk  

Cookies used by sharethis widget

ShareThis have an opt-out selection (http://sharethis.com/privacy) which involves adding 3 more cookies to the user's browser.

This action is completed on the ShareThis site, however ShareThis have a Privacy Manifesto on their site: http://sharethis.com/privacy-manifesto

Whilst the cookies are not strictly necessary, the user must interact with the widget before the cookie is set.

Name   __uset 
ID   yes 
Expires  End of session 
Source  .sharethis.com 
Name  km_uq 
ID  CjVr1096u9aqdH5iDFbVAg== 
Expires  1 year 
Source  .sharethis.com 

Cookies used by LinkedIn Share widget

LinkedIn cookie, placed by the LinkedIn share button. This cookie is used to track which pages the user visits and if activiated pass that information to LinkedIn to include on the users profile. For more information visit LinkedIn's privacy policy page.

Name  leo_auth_token 
Expires  Less than one day 
Source  Linkedin.com 

Name  JSESSIONID 
Expires  End of session 
Source  Linkedin.com 

Name  bcookie 
Expires  730 days 
Source  Linkedin.com

Name  visit 
Expires  730 days 
Source  Linkedin.com

Name  PersistenceCookie 
Expires  Less than one day 
Source  Linkedin.com 

Name  NSC_MC_QH_MFP 
Expires  Less than one day 
Source  Linkedin.com 

Name  Lang 
Expires  End of session 
Source   Linkedin.com 

Name  NSC_MC_WT_DTQ_IUUQ 
Expires  Less than one day 
Source  Linkedin.com

Hotjar cookies used on the site

Cookies that Hotjar stores on your visitor's browser which expire automatically after 365 days:

Cookie name Description
_hjClosedSurveyInvites This cookie is set once a visitor interacts with a Survey invitation modal popup. It is used to ensure that the same invite does not re-appear if it has already been shown.
_hjDonePolls This cookie is set once a visitor completes a poll using the Feedback Poll widget. It is used to ensure that the same poll does not re-appear if it has already been filled in.
_hjMinimizedPolls This cookie is set once a visitor minimizes a Feedback Poll widget. It is used to ensure that the widget stays minimizes when the visitor navigates through your site.
_hjDoneTestersWidgets This cookie is set once a visitor submits their information in the Recruit User Testers widget. It is used to ensure that the same form does not re-appear if it has already been filled in.
_hjMinimizedTestersWidgets This cookie is set once a visitor minimizes a Recruit User Testers widget. It is used to ensure that the widget stays minimizes when the visitor navigates through your site.
_hjDoneSurveys This cookie is set once a visitor completes a survey. It is used to only load the survey content if the visitor hasn't completed the survey yet.