The Teachers Guild’s Cookies Policy

The Teachers Guild's Cookies Policy ("Cookies Policy") was last updated on January 26, 2016.

Cookies Policy

IDEO and Riverdale are committed to protecting you and any data (anonymous or otherwise) that we collect about you online. This section tells you how we use cookies, why, and how this allows us to improve our service. It also tells you how you can manage what cookies are stored on your device. By continuing to use this Site, you are accepting and agreeing to the The Teachers Guild Terms, Privacy Policy, and this Cookies Policy; and you expressly consent to IDEO and Riverdale’s use and disclosure of your personal information in accordance with this Cookies Policy. If you do not agree to these conditions please do not use or access our Site.

We use cookies to distinguish you from other users of our Site. This helps us to provide you with a positive experience when you browse our Site and also allows us to improve our Site and services. By continuing to browse the site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies.

A cookie is a small file of letters and numbers that we store on your browser or the hard drive of your computer if you browse our site and agree. Cookies contain information that is transferred to your computer's hard drive. You are always free to decline our cookies if your browser permits, although in that case you may not be able to use certain features of the Site and you may be required to re-enter your password or login information more frequently.

We use the following cookies:

You can find more information about the individual cookies we use and the purposes for which we use them in the table below:

Here are the cookies and what they do:

We use the following Google Analytics cookies:

  1. SPRING_SECURITY_REMEMBER_ME_COOKIE: This cookie is used when you tick the “remember me” option when logging in. It lets you use the Site for a longer period of time without the need to log in again after closing your browser.

  2. AWSELB: This cookie is used by Amazon, who host our Site, to improve the function of the servers by distributing user traffic across multiple web servers. This minimises downtime, interruptions and slowing of the Site.

  3. JSESSIONID: This cookie is used by us to ensure the user journey is a smooth one.

  4. GOOGLE ANALYTICS: We also use the following Google Analytics on our Site:

  5. _utma:This cookie tracks users including a user’s first or most recent visit. This cookie tracks the day of a user’s visit

  6. _utmb: _utmb and _utmc below: track new sessions and visits to the Site, including the length of the visit, arrival and exit times of users.

  7. _utmc: Please see _utmb above, it works together with _utmc

  8. _utmz: This cookie analyses how a user reached the Site, which site they came from and their geographical location.

  9. _ga: Google Analytics cookie. The _ga cookie is used to uniquely identify you as a visitor to this Site. This is achieved by generating two random 32-bit numbers and setting them in a cookie - no personal information or data is tracked.

  10. _gat: Google Analytics cookie. The _gat cookie is used to share certain information back with Google.

To opt out of being tracked by Google Analytics across all websites visit http://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout.

We use Hotjar to track and analyse user behaviour across our Site in virtually real time. Hotjar makes use of cookies to:

Hotjar creates the following four persistent cookies, which expire automatically after 365 days:

  1. _hjClosedSurveyInvites: This cookie is set once a visitor interacts with a Survey invitation popup. It is used to ensure that the same invite does not re-appear if it has already been shown.

  2. Hot Jar_hjUserId: This cookie is set as soon as a user loads a page which contains the Hotjar code. The cookie contains a universally unique identifier (UUID) which allows Hotjar to track the same visitor across multiple pages and sessions.

  3. _hjDonePolls: This cookie is set once a visitor completes a poll using the Feedback Poll request. It is used to ensure that the same poll does not re-appear if the Visitor has already been filled it in.

  4. _hjMinimizedPolls: This cookie is set once a visitor minimizes a Feedback Poll request. It is used to ensure that the popup stays minimised when the visitor navigates through our site.

  5. _hjDoneTestersWidgets: This cookie is set once a visitor submits their information in a request popup to help us improve aspects of the site. It is used to ensure that the same form does not re-appear if it has already been filled in.

  6. _hjMinimizedTestersWidgets: This cookie is set once a visitor minimises a request popup. It is used to ensure that the widget stays minimised when the visitor navigates through our Site.

  7. _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.

Hotjar also creates the following session cookie, which only exists until a visitor ends their session:

  1. _hjIncludedInSample: This session cookie is set to let Hotjar know whether that visitor is included in the sample which is used to generate information about how effective hotjar cookies have been.

We also use User activity, including Users’ My Profile, on the Site to do internal research with the potential to improve the Site and future Collaborations. We may also track the URL that you came to the Site from (whether this URL is on the Site or not), which URL you next go to (whether this URL is on the Site or not), your computer browser information, and your IP address. We do all of these things to better understand, protect and serve you and the Site and to be able to investigate any allegations against you or us.

Additionally, you may encounter cookies or other similar devices used for improving the user experience or providing added functionality on certain pages of the Site that are placed by third parties. For example, if you view content or video submitted by another user, there may be a cookie placed within that web page. We do not control the use of cookies by third parties, nor do we have an obligation to do so.

By using our Site (through any device) you agree that this Cookies Policy applies to that use in addition to any other terms and conditions which may apply. By using our Site you agree that we can place these types of cookies on your device, however you can block these cookies using your browser settings. Again, you can block these cookies if your browser settings allow.

We reserve the right to make changes to our Cookies Policy. Your continued use of the Site is taken as meaning that you agree to any such changes.

Blocking Cookies

You can also block cookies by activating the setting on your browser that allows you to refuse the setting of all or some cookies. However, if you use your browser settings to block all cookies (including essential cookies) you may not be able to access all or parts of our site. For guidance on removing cookies using your browser, please visit www.aboutcookies.org.