Last updated 13/10/20
Cookies are small text files that are placed on your computer by websites that you visit. They are widely used in order to make websites work, or work more efficiently, as well as to provide information to the owners of the site. The table below explains the cookies we use and why.
|Cookie preference||allowed-cookie||This cookie is used to remember a user’s choice about cookies on www.thefuturescentre.org
Where users have previously indicated a preference, that user’s preference will be stored in this cookie.
|Google Analytics cookies||_ga||Used to distinguish users.|
|Google Analytics cookies||_gid||Used to distinguish users.|
|Google Analytics cookies||_gat_gtag_XXX||Used to distinguish users.|
|WordPress cookies||wordpress_session||Authentication cookies. To identify your unique session on the website. Deleted after you quit your browser.|
|WordPress cookies||wordpress_XXX||These are session cookies set for a user who is logged in.|
|WordPress cookies||wordpress_logged_in_XXX||These are session cookies set for a user who is logged in.|
|WordPress cookies||wordpress_test_cookie||These are session cookies set for a user who is logged in.|
|WordPress cookies||wordpress_sec_XXX||These are session cookies set for a user who is logged in.|
|WordPress cookies||wp-settings-XXX||WordPress also sets a few wp-settings-[UID] cookies. The number on the end is the individual user ID from the user’s database table. These cookies are used to customise the view of the admin interface, and possibly also the main website interface. These cookies are set to expire 1 year after your last visit.|
|WordPress cookies||wp-settings-time-XXX||WordPress also sets a few wp-time-[UID] cookies. The number on the end is the individual user ID from the user’s database table. These cookies are used to customise the view of the admin interface, and possibly also the main website interface. These cookies are set to expire 1 year after your last visit.|
|Cloudflare cookies||_cflb||The _cflb cookie allows us to return an End User to the same Customer origin for a specific period of time (Customer-configured), which in turn allows the Customer origin to maintain an End User’s experience seamlessly (for example, keeping an End User’s items in a shopping cart while they continue to navigate around the website). This cookie is a session cookie that lasts anywhere from several seconds up to 24 hours.|
|Hotjar cookies||_hjClosedSurveyInvites||Hotjar cookie that is set once a visitor interacts with an External Link Survey invitation modal. It is used to ensure that the same invite does not reappear if it has already been shown.|
|Hotjar cookies||_hjDonePolls||Hotjar cookie that is set once a visitor completes a survey using the On-site Survey widget. It is used to ensure that the same survey does not reappear if it has already been filled in.|
|Hotjar cookies||_hjMinimizedPolls||Hotjar cookie that is set once a visitor minimizes an On-site Survey widget. It is used to ensure that the widget stays minimized when the visitor navigates through your site.|
|Hotjar cookies||_hjShownFeedbackMessage||Hotjar cookie that is set when a visitor minimizes or completes Incoming Feedback. This is done so that the Incoming Feedback will load as minimized immediately if the visitor navigates to another page where it is set to show.|
|Hotjar cookies||_hjid||Hotjar cookie that is set when the customer first lands on a page with the Hotjar script. It is used to persist the Hotjar User ID, unique to that site on the browser. This ensures that behavior in subsequent visits to the same site will be attributed to the same user ID.|
|Hotjar cookies||_hjRecordingLastActivity||This should be found in Session storage (as opposed to cookies). This gets updated when a visitor recording starts and when data is sent through the WebSocket (the visitor performs an action that Hotjar records).|
|Hotjar cookies||_hjTLDTest||When the Hotjar script executes we try to determine the most generic cookie path we should use, instead of the page hostname. This is done so that cookies can be shared across subdomains (where applicable). To determine this, we try to store the _hjTLDTest cookie for different URL substring alternatives until it fails. After this check, the cookie is removed.|
|Hotjar cookies||_hjUserAttributesHash||User Attributes sent through the Hotjar Identify API are cached for the duration of the session in order to know when an attribute has changed and needs to be updated.|
|Hotjar cookies||_hjCachedUserAttributes||This cookie stores User Attributes which are sent through the Hotjar Identify API, whenever the user is not in the sample. These attributes will only be saved if the user interacts with a Hotjar Feedback tool.|
|Hotjar cookies||_hjLocalStorageTest||This cookie is used to check if the Hotjar Tracking Script can use local storage. If it can, a value of 1 is set in this cookie. The data stored in_hjLocalStorageTest has no expiration time, but it is deleted almost immediately after it is created.|
|Hotjar cookies||_hjIncludedInPageviewSample||This cookie is set to let Hotjar know whether that visitor is included in the data sampling defined by your site’s pageview limit.|
|Hotjar cookies||_hjIncludedInSessionSample||This cookie is set to let Hotjar know whether that visitor is included in the data sampling defined by your site’s daily session limit.|
|Hotjar cookies||_hjAbsoluteSessionInProgress||This cookie is used to detect the first pageview session of a user. This is a True/False flag set by the cookie.|
Most web browsers allow some control of most cookies through the browser settings. To find out more about cookies, including how to see what cookies have been set, visit www.aboutcookies.org or www.allaboutcookies.org
To opt out of being tracked by Google Analytics across all websites, visit
For further details, please see the ‘about Hotjar’ section of Hotjar’s support site.
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