Cookies Explained

Use of cookies by RHSU

Cookies are small text files that are placed on your computer by websites that you visit. They are widely used in order to make websites work, or work more efficiently, as well as to provide information to the owners of the site.

We use traffic log cookies to identify which pages are being used. This helps us analyse data about web page traffic and improve our website in order to tailor it to customer needs. We only use this information for statistical analysis purposes and then the data is removed from the system.

Overall, cookies help us provide you with a better website, by enabling us to monitor which pages you find useful and which you do not. The table below explains the cookies we use and why.


Name Cookie Purpose
MSL / RHSU ASP.NET_SessionID Stores a temporary unique identifier for your session – no other information is stored. This cookie is removed when you close your browser
ASPXAUTH When you are logged in, this cookie stores a value which identifies you to your site. This value is encrypted and can only be read by the server. If you use the Remember Me function this cookie remains on your computer for 3 months, otherwise it is removed when you log out of the site.
AntiXsrfToken Implements a preventative mechanism against Cross-Site Request Forgery attacks. For more information, visit the 'further reading' section below.
Google Analytics _utma Used by Google Analytics to capture and determine unique visitors and the frequency of views. __utma is written to the browser on your first visit to a site (from the browser being used).
_ga Used by Google Analytics to distinguish users over a period of 2 years.
_gid Used by Google Analytics to distinguish users over a period of 24 hours.
_gat Used by Google Analytics to throttle request rate.
New Relic JSESSIONID This cookie is used to store a session identifier so that New Relic can monitor session counts for an application.
Facebook act Used by Facebook and their pixel to provide site security, integrity and identification. They are also used for advertising purposes ensuring that we can optimise any advertising campaigns we run on Facebook. You can review your Facebook privacy settings and opt out of Facebook Pixel within the ‘Ad Preferences’ section on your Facebook profile.
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How do I change my cookie settings?

Most web browsers allow some control of most cookies through the browser settings. To find out more about cookies, including how to see what cookies have been set and how to manage and delete them, visit About Cookies or All About Cookies.

To opt out of being tracked by Google Analytics across all websites, visit their website.

To opt out of being tracked by Facebook Pixel you can do so by reviewing your Facebook privacy settings within the ‘Ad Preferences’ section on your Facebook profile.

Further reading