- the types of cookies we use,
- for how long they work and for what purposes they are used,
- how to change your cookie settings and opt-out, and
- who are we and how can you contact us.
What do I need to know about cookies?
There are different types of cookies and they are used for different purposes.
Below you can read about what a cookie is, the difference between first and third party cookies and session cookies vs. persistent cookies and what types of cookies we use on our website and why.
What is a cookie?
A cookie may contain information about the website itself, a unique identifier that allows the site to recognise your web browser when you return to the website, additional data that serves the purpose of the cookie, and the lifespan of the cookie itself.
The word "cookies" or "cookie data" also covers information about IP and MAC addresses and other information about your device collected by said technologies.
Cookies are used to enable certain features (e.g. logging in), to track site usage (e.g. analytics), to store your user settings (e.g. timezone, notification preferences), and to personalise your content (e.g. advertising, language).
Session cookies vs. persistent cookies
Session cookies only last as long as your online session. This means that they will disappear from your computer or device when you close your browser. They are therefore also sometimes referred to as temporary cookies. Typically, session cookies are used to remember what a user put in their basket when they are browsing a website.
Persistent cookies are different. These cookies are sometimes called permanent cookies. They will stay on your computer or device after you close your browser. These types of cookies will expire according to the time specified in the cookie. You can see the specific duration of each persistent cookie below. We do not use persistent cookies on this website.
Types of cookies and how we use them
Necessary cookies are required for the basic functionality of our website to work. We use necessary cookies to make it possible for you to only have to enter your username and password once during a visit to our website.
We also use necessary cookies to help with ensuring that you are given the option to accept or reject cookies, block non-necessary cookies from working until you give consent, and remember your cookie settings and choices. The cookies also help keep track of, if, and when, you gave consent to analytical cookies, T&Cs and email marketing.
Necessary cookies are also used for payment processing.
It's not necessary to accept nor possible to reject the use of necessary cookies as they are core for the functionality of our website.
Here are the necessary cookies we use, what we use them for, the specific cookies providers and each cookie’s duration:
|Used to find the highest level within this domain that a cookie can be set on, e.g. example.com when the page is www.example.com. Contains the string "yes" when successfully set, and is deleted immediately after it is set.|
|Used to remember when a user has given consent to a particular agreement to avoid asking them again. Contains identifiers for the agreement revisions that the user has consented to in the current browser.|
|Used to remember the user's settings for cookie consent. Contains a JSON object with entries representing a consent project in Openli, each of which contains the cookie-consent state for that project in the current browser.|
|Used to count the number of pages a visitor has viewed on a given site to know when to request consent to certain categories of cookies. Contains a number representing the number of pages viewed.|
|Used to identify sessions and allow our customers to log in to the Openli web application. Contains an encrypted session identifier.|
|Used to associate consent with a particular user. Contains a JSON object with entries representing a consent project in Openli, each of which contains a unique user identifier within that project, and associated timestamps to control the lifecycle of the user identifier.|
Cloudflare privacy profile
|Used to secure the usage of the website and mitigate automated traffic from bad bots. The cookie contains information related to the calculation of Cloudflare’s proprietary bot score and a session identifier. The information in the cookie (other than time-related information) is encrypted and can only be decrypted by Cloudflare. Cloudflare does not track users from site to site or from session to session. The __cf_bm cookie is generated independently by Cloudflare, and does not correspond to any user ID or other identifiers in a customer’s web application.|
Analytical cookies gather statistics. We use this information to make our website even better. The information collected via the analytical cookies track how you use our website during your visit. It helps us understand visitor usage patterns, identify, and diagnose problems or errors you may encounter, and make better strategic decisions in improving the website experience.
We will only set analytical cookies on your device if you give us your consent.
Here are the analytical cookies we use, what we use them for, the specific cookie providers and each cookie’s duration:
|Shows an active session of the visitor. If the cookie isn’t present, the session has finished over 30 minutes ago and it was counted in a pk_id cookie.|
|Stores an URL of a website that referred a visitor to your website. Value: The window.location.origin value for a referral website.|
|Determines whether the last visitor’s session is still in progress or a new session has started. Value: A timestamp of the last interaction a visitor had on your website.|
|Determines if the visitor has already been to your website — they are returning visitors. Value: A timestamp of the last interaction a visitor had on your website.|
|Stores the type of traffic source that explains how the visitor reached your website. Value: 1: Direct 2: Referral 3: Social media 4: Organic search 5: Campaign|
|Prevents visitor’s data loss that may happen because of some mechanisms used by browsers, for example, Safari’s ITP.|
Marketing cookies are used in determining what promotional content is more relevant and appropriate to you and your interests. We do not use marketing cookies on our website.
How you can change your cookie settings, incl. opting out
As part of our cookie solution, we always ask for your consent to cookies, except for necessary cookies, before placing cookies on your device.
We also always give you the option to change your consent. If you at one point gave consent to non-necessary cookies on our website, you can always change which cookies you will give consent to. Just look for the shield on our website. If you press the shield, your cookie settings will appear, allowing you to always change your settings and reject cookies.
If you browse websites from multiple devices, you may also need to update your settings on each individual device.
Although some cookies can be blocked with little impact on your experience of a website, blocking all cookies may mean you are unable to access certain features and content on the site.
How often will we update this Cookie Notice?
Who are we and how can you contact us?
Evangelische Kirchengemeinden London West – German Protestant Ministry London-West · 78 Station Road · London · SW13 0LSThis policy is effective from 2022-12-27