When we provide services, we want to make them easy, useful and reliable. Where services are delivered on the internet, this sometimes involves placing small amounts of information on your device, for example, your computer or mobile phone. These include small files known as cookies. They cannot be used to identify you personally. These pieces of information are used to improve services for you.

Scratchpads use "cookies" to enhance the site's functionality. A user's web browser saves the cookies to carry information between sections of the site or between sessions and may sometimes hold information about their site usage pattern. User may choose to set their web browser to refuse cookies, or to notify the setting of each cookie. If they do so, note that some parts of the site may not function properly.

There are two types of cookie you may encounter when using Scratchpads :

First party cookies: these are our own cookies, controlled by us and used to provide information about usage of Scratchpad sites.
Third party cookies: these are cookies found in other companies’ internet tools that we are using.

First party cookies
Our sites uses cookies in several places – we’ve listed each of them below with more details about why we use them and how long they will last.

Name Purpose Typical content Expires
SESSxxxID Authentication session to prevent having to login multiple times in one browser session. A unique id that ties the current session to a database settings table One week
has_js This helps the website understand browser Javascript functionality An on/off flag that denotes whether or not the browser supports Javascript On site exit

Third party cookies
We use a number of suppliers who may also set cookies on their websites’ on its behalf. This site does not control the dissemination of these cookies. You should check the third party websites for more information about these.

Provider Name Purpose More info
Google Analytics _utma
These cookies are used to collect information about how visitors use our site. We use the information to compile reports and to help us improve the site. The cookies collect information in an anonymous form, including the number of visitors to the site, where visitors have come to the site from and the pages they visited.