Introduction to the website cookie policy

In this policy, we explain how Future Thinking makes use of a variety of tracking technologies. The UK data protection legislation refers to these as cookies and similar technologies as well as on-line identifiers. For the purposes of this policy, however, such technologies will only be referred to as cookies regardless of whether they do or do not contain and personal data.

Our use of cookies improves the way in which you can view our website, it enhances our understanding of how you use it and may assist us in our marketing activities.

What are cookies?

Cookies are small files containing specific information relating to the way a user views our website. These are downloaded onto the device used for that purpose. Depending on the type of cookie, they can be read, updated or deleted by the same servers. Some cookies are session specific and get deleted automatically when you leave the website. Others, such as those used for tracking or authentication, may be saved for longer. Some of these cookies are put in place by us whilst others are put in place by third parties.

It is important to stress that Future Thinking makes no attempt to identify the individual that is associated with the device used to view our website.

Cookies fall into the following categories:

  • Strictly necessary cookies i.e. for the correct operation of the website such as secure log-in functionality, for which consent is not needed.
  • Analytical/ performance cookies set up by our analytical providers are used to record pages visited and the frequency of any links used. In setting up such a cookie, the provider may collect other information about your device such its IP address, its type and even its geographical location. Using this information, a unique ‘fingerprint’ can be created to help identify you on other websites. This, in turn, can be used to create a profile of your activities and interests.
  • Marketing cookies are used to track your on-line activities with the aim of getting a better understanding of your interests.

Non-essential cookies and consent

It’s really important to understand that you have a choice regarding the use of non-essential cookies. This means that non-essential cookies will only be placed in your web browser with your consent. We use a management platform to help you opt-in or to opt-out of our use of non-essential cookies.

In the interests of transparency, we have listed the non-essential cookies below, but the same list is also viewable on the management platform by clicking the down arrow next to the opt-in, opt-out button is for each category.

Analytical Cookies

CookieTypeDurationDescription
_gasessionpersistentThis cookie is installed by Google Analytics. The cookie is used to calculate visitor, session, campaign data and keep track of site usage for the site's analytics report. The cookies store information anonymously and assigns a randomly generated number to identify unique visitors. More about Cookies set by Google.
_gatsession1 minuteThis cookie is installed by Google Analytics. The cookie is used to calculate visitor, session, campaign data and keep track of site usage for the site's analytics report. The cookies store information anonymously and assigns a randomly generated number to identify unique visitors. More about Cookies set by Google.
_gidsession1 dayThis cookie is installed by Google Analytics. The cookie is used to store information of how visitors use a website and helps in creating an analytics report of how the wbsite is doing. The data collected including the number visitors, the source where they have come from, and the pages visited in an anonymous form. More about Cookies set by Google.
GPSsession30 minutesThis cookie is set by Youtube and registers a unique ID for tracking users based on their geographical location. More about Cookies set by Google.
YSCsessionSessionThis cookies is set by Youtube and is used to track the views of embedded videos. More about Cookies set by Google.


Marketing Cookies

CookieTypeDurationDescription
IDEpersistent2 yearsUsed by Google DoubleClick and stores information about how the user uses the website and any other advertisement before visiting the website. This is used to present users with ads that are relevant to them according to the user profile. More about Cookies set by Google.
recordIDsession11 monthsThis cookie name is associated with services from UK email marketing company DotMailer. Their software placed on a website enables the owners to track when email campaign recipients land on the target website, which enables monitoring of the effectiveness of a campaign. This cookie is a unique user identifier, enabling persistent linking of behaviour on the site to a particular user and email campaign response. More about cookies set by DotMailer
VISITOR_INFO1_LIVEsession5 monthsThis cookie is set by Youtube. Used to track the information of the embedded YouTube videos on a website. More about Cookies set by Google.


Necessary Cookies

CookieTypeDurationDescription
cookielawinfo-checkbox-marketingsession11 monthsThis cookie is set by GDPR Cookie Consent plugin. The purpose of this cookie is to check whether or not the user has given the consent to the usage of cookies under the category 'Marketing'.
cookielawinfo-checkbox-necessary011 monthsThis cookie is set by GDPR Cookie Consent plugin. The cookies is used to store the user consent for the cookies in the category "Necessary".
cookielawinfo-checkbox-necessarypersistent11 monthsThis cookie is set by GDPR Cookie Consent plugin. The cookies is used to store the user consent for the cookies in the category "Necessary".
cookielawinfo-checkbox-non-necessary011 monthsThis cookie is set by GDPR Cookie Consent plugin. The cookies is used to store the user consent for the cookies in the category "Non Necessary".
cookielawinfo-checkbox-non-necessarypersistent11 monthsThis cookie is set by GDPR Cookie Consent plugin. The cookies is used to store the user consent for the cookies in the category "Non Necessary".
dmSessionIDsession20 minutesThis cookie name is associated with services from UK email marketing company DotMailer. Their software placed on a website enables the owners to track when email campaign recipients land on the target website, which enables monitoring of the effectiveness of a campaign. This cookie is a short lived session identifier. More about cookies set by DotMailer
PHPSESSIDsessionSessionThis cookie is native to PHP applications. The cookie is used to store and identify a users' unique session ID for the purpose of managing user session on the website. The cookie is a session cookies and is deleted when all the browser windows are closed.
PREFsessionSessionThis cookie is set by Youtube. Used to track the information of your browser and device. More about Cookies set by Google.
viewed_cookie_policy011 monthsThe cookie is set by the GDPR Cookie Consent plugin and is used to store whether or not user has consented to the use of cookies. It does not store any personal data.
viewed_cookie_policypersistent11 monthsThe cookie is set by the GDPR Cookie Consent plugin and is used to store whether or not user has consented to the use of cookies. It does not store any personal data.


Policy Contact Details

Even though we try to be as thorough as possible, we understand you may still have questions regarding this policy or indeed how we process your personal data. For more details please review our privacy policy. This also includes our contact details.

Policy Updates

It may be necessary to update this website cookie policy when we make material changes to the intended use of our web technologies. This version was last updated in December 2019.