Cookies Article

Cookie information

What is a cookie?

A cookie is a small text file that is saved in your computer when you visit a website that uses cookies.

There are two types of cookies:

  • A persistent cookie that saves a file in your computer during a longer period of time. In this kind of cookie, it is stated how long the text file is preserved in your computer.
  • A session-based cookie that is saved in the memory of your computer only temporary, while you are visiting a website. It is erased when you close your web browser.

What are cookies used for?

Cookies can contain information about what settings you have made, so that when you visit same website again, you don’t need to make the settings again. The cookie informs the website that the visitor has been on the website before, and about which settings were made then. If you update your settings, the existing cookie is replaced with a new one. This means that cookies are used to make it easier for you when you visit a specific website.

Preventing storing of cookies

If you do not want cookies stored on your computer, you can switch off the cookie function in safety settings in your web browser. No cookies will then be stored, but this also means that you will not be able to use all functions on the web site. You can read more about how to deny storing of cookies in the user documentation for your web browser.

Arena cookies

Arena cookies let you move around the website and use essential features like secure areas, media baskets. These cookies are session-based and don’t gather any information about you.

We use these cookies to:

  • Identify you as being logged in to your Arena system.
  • Manage your media baskets.
  • Keep your selected languages between pages.

COOKIE_SUPPORT
Purpose: Informs Arena if the user’s web browser accepts cookies
Duration: Session
Domain: <library domain>

GUEST_LANGUAGE_ID
Purpose: Handles display of selected language
Duration: Session
Domain: <library domain>

lastMsgFetch
Purpose: Displays messages from the library
Duration: Session
Domain: <library domain>

JSESSIONID
Purpose: Cookie to preserve the session
Duration: Session
Domain: <library domain>

Third party cookies

In Arena we use the following third-party services. Not all libraries use all services.

AddThis

Arena uses AddThis to link to social media sites using Like and Share buttons. In return for providing these services, AddThis collects data about your visit to the Arena website. This data may be used for interest-based advertising.

di
Purpose: Handles expiry date for other cookies
Duration: 1 year
Domain name: addthis.com

dt
Purpose: Handles expiry date for other cookies
Duration: 1 year
Domain name: addthis.com

loc
Purpose: Geolocation, used to determine geographical location of users that share information with one another
Duration: 1 year
Domain name: addthis.com

psc
Purpose: Visitor count (view counter)
Duration: 1 year
Domain name: addthis.com

uid
Purpose: Unique user ID that remembers recurrent visitors
Duration: 1 year
Domain name: addthis.com

uit
Purpose: Tracks duration of logged in users
Duration: 1 year
Domain name: addthis.com

xtc
Purpose: Tracks users’ content sharing via social media
Duration: 1 year
Domain name: addthis.com

uvc
Purpose: Tracks how often AddThis encounters the same user
Duration: 1 year
Domain name: addthis.com

See also: http://www.youronlinechoices.eu/ and http://www.addthis.com/privacy

Google Analytics

Arena uses Google Analytics to measure how users interact with the website content.

_ga
Purpose: Creates a unique ID used to generate statistics about how the visitor uses the website.

_gat
Purpose: Used to regulate number of requests

_gid
Purpose: Creates a unique ID used to generate statistics about how the visitor uses the website.

collect
Purpose: Used to send data about the user’s device and behavior. Tracks the user between different devices and marketing channels.

NID
Purpose: Registers a unique ID that identifies a recurrent user. The ID is used for targeted advertisment.
Duration: 6 months
Domain name: google.com

If you do not want your Arena visits to be shown in Google Analytics’ statistics, you can add opt-out add-ons to your browser.

See also: https://developers.google.com/analytics/devguides/collection/analyticsjs/cookie-usage

Google Translate

Google Translate is used for translations in Arena.

See also: https://www.google.com/intl/sv/policies/technologies/types/.

ReadSpeaker

ReadSpeaker uses cookies to remember your settings until next time you want to listen to something on the website. The default setting for these cookies is that they are saved until they expire, or until you delete them manually.

However, ReadSpeaker has a setting that makes it possible to use session-based cookies that are erased when the web browser is closed.

See also: https://www.readspeaker.com/how-we-use-cookies-in-our-services/

Twitter

This cookie is used to remember the user’s selected language. It does not store personal information or install any tracker on the computer, and is not considered offending.

lang
Purpose: Handles display of selected language
Duration: Session
Domain name: syndication.twitter.com

YouTube

These cookies are used to estimate the user’s bandwidth on pages with integrated YouTube videos, or to keep statistics of what YouTube videos the user has seen. The cookies are not considered offending.

IDE
Purpose: Used by Google DoubleClick to register and report user behavior after having seen or clicked or an ad, to measure the effect of the advertisement and to be able to present targeted advertisement for the user.
Duration: 1 year
Domain name: doubleclick.net

NID
Purpose: Registers a unique ID that identifies the device of a recurrent user. The ID is used for targeted advertisement.
Duration: 6 months
Domain name: google.com

PREF
Purpose: Registers a unique ID that Google uses to create statistics of user behavior over different websites.
Duration: 1 year
Domain name: youtube.com

VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE
Purpose: Tries to estimate user bandwidths on pages where YouTube videos are integrated.
Duration:6 months
Domain name: youtube.com

YSC 
Purpose: Registers a unique ID to create statistics of which YouTube videos that a user has watched.
Duration: Session
Domain name: youtube.com

Wikipedia articles

These cookies are used to show banners and notices appropriate for the region, or helps to calculate unique devices accessing the site. The cookies are either session based and expires when the user exits the browser or do not contain personal information, and are not considered offending.

GeoIP
Purpose: Helps Wikipedia to show banners and other notices depending on the region, based on information in a GeoIP database.
Duration: Session
Domain name: Wikipedia.org

WMF-Last-Access
Purpose: Helps Wikipedia to calculate unique devices that sends requests to their website.
Duration: 1 month
Domain name: Wikipedia.org

See also: https://blog.wikimedia.org/2016/03/30/unique-devices-dataset

 

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