About the BMA

Our use of cookies

May 2011 saw the EU e-Privacy directive, often referred to as the ‘Cookie Law’ come into effect in the UK. Below we set out our use of cookies on the BMA website. A link to this information is shown on the bar at the top right of every page of our website.

Cookies are text files of information, downloaded to your computer or mobile device. The information is stored in the form of a small data file written to your hard drive. These contain information which enables us to personalise your use of our website and present you with relevant content.

Access to the secure areas of the website is dependent upon the use of cookies.

Cookies also enable us to analyse and improve the navigation and content of the website. Most browsers allow the user to control the cookies, including whether or not to accept them and how to remove them. If you disable cookies on your computer or device, some of the features of our website may be unavailable to you.

At the BMA, our primary use of cookies is to identify which web pages are accessed. This helps us to analyse and improve the navigation and content of the website.

We do this mostly through traffic log cookies and analytics services provided by Google Analytics and Comscore Sitestat.

We also use cookies tracked through Google Analytics to optimise our Google search rankings in order to help users find relevant content.

We have conducted an audit of the cookies used on the new BMA website using the Attacat cookie audit tool. We browsed a number of pages on the site to build up an accurate list of cookies used.

 

Cookies used in the BMA website

The table below describes the cookies being used in the website now. As the website develops, cookie usage may change and this list will change - we will update this page to include any changes:

Cookie group Google Analytics
Cookie name _utma
Description Used by Google Analytics to identify unique visitors vs. returning visitors
Expiry 2 years
Explanation Used by most sites – it does not track or store personal data
   
Cookie group Google Analytics
Cookie name _utmb
Description Used by Google Analytics for generally visitor tracking
Expiry 30 minutes 
 
Explanation Used by most sites – it does not track or store personal data 
   
Cookie group Google Analytics
Cookie name _utmc
Description Used by Google Analytics to identify unique visitors vs. returning visitors
Expiry Not set – cleared on browser close
Explanation Used by most sites – it does not track or store personal data 
   
Cookie group Google Analytics 
Cookie name _utmz 
Description  Used by Google Analytics for tracking source visits (ie where the user came from such as a search engine result, or direct link) 
Expiry 6 months  
Explanation Used by most sites – it does not track or store personal data 

Learn more about Google Analytics cookies 

Cookie group comScore Sitestat analytics
Cookie name S1 
Description Cookie set by Sitestat for the purposes of tracking site usage 
Expiry 5 years 
Explanation Used by BMA to provide anonymous web usage analytics - it does not track or store personal data 
Cookie group Login cookie
Cookie name LTPAToken
Description Set when user is logged in to the site
Expiry Not set
Explanation Essential – required to recognize logged in member users profiles and present relevant member only content
Cookie group Sitecore CMS
Cookie name ASPNET session id
Description Session cookie
Expiry Not set - cleared on browser close
Explanation Essential - standard part of Sitecore the Content Management System which we use to manage the content and publication of the website – it doesn’t record any specific credentials but helps maintain a user’s session and browsing activity
Cookie group Poll cookie
Cookie name BMAPoll
Description Set when user votes on polls
Expiry 30 days
Explanation Required to prevent multiple votes. Does not collect any personal information
Cookie group YouTube
Cookie name Demographics, SID, HSID, PREF, VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE
Description Unique identifiers given to each computer to allow traffic analysis to YouTube
Expiry 1.5 years, 10 years, 10 years, 10 years, 9 months
Explanation YouTube provides us with third party functionality, allowing us to embed YouTube videos in our pages. Disabling and opting out of using this cookie may result in limited or degraded functionality. This is a third party cookie that does not appear to contain any personal information
Cookie group Twitter
Cookie name K, guest_id, original_referer, _twitter_sess
Description Twitter cookies set when tweeting content
Expiry 7 days, 2 years, none set (cleared on browser close), none set (cleared on browser close)
Explanation Used to register tweets
Cookie group Facebook
Cookie name Wd
Description Cookie set by Facebook when “liking” content
Expiry Not set
Explanation Used to register “likes”

Please note that we do not control the use of third party cookies (such as Google, Twitter and Facebook) - you should check their privacy policies if you have any concerns.

We do not use cookies to:

  • Collect any personally identifiable information without first clearly asking for your express permission (we would only do this openly by requesting such information in an online form)
  • Collect any sensitive information (we would only do this openly by requesting such information in an online form)
  • Pass personally identifiable data to third parties

 

Information on the new legislation on cookies

See the Information Commissioner’s Office guidelines.

See AboutCookies.org

 

Enabling or disabling cookies in your browser

Please note that, if you delete or disable our cookies, you may not be able to access some parts of our website.

Windows PC

Google Chrome

  • Click on Tools, then Options
  • Click the Under the Bonnet tab, then Privacy section, and choose the Content settings button.
  • Click the Cookie settings tab and choose your preferred settings.

Mozilla Firefox

  • Click on Tools, then Options
  • Select the Privacy icon in the left-hand panel
  • Click on Cookies

Internet Explorer

  • Choose Tools, then Internet Options
  • Click the Privacy tab
  • Move the slider to choose your preferred settings

Opera

  • Choose Tools, then Internet Options
  • Go to Preferences at the bottom of the File menu.
  • Click Privacy and select one of the available options

 

Safari

  • Choose Tools, then Internet Options
  • Select Security icon
  • Cookie settings are shown in window
  • Choose your preferred settings

 

Apple Macintosh

Mozilla Firefox

  • Choose Preferences from Firefox menu
  • Select the Privacy
  • Choose 'Accept cookies from sites'

Opera

  • Choose Preferences from Opera menu
  • Select Privacy
  • Choose your preferred cookies' settings

Safari

  • Choose Preferences from Safari menu
  • Select Security icon
  • Choose your preferred cookies' settings

Safari iPad or iPhone

  • Choose Settings
  • Select Safari
  • Choose Accept Cookies and select your preferred option From Visited either Never or Always
  • Note: If you wish to clear cookies select Clear Cookies and Data option