IMechE: Cookie policy

The Institution of Mechanical Engineers (“IMechE”) uses cookies to make parts of the website work, and to improve the visitor experience.

Within the UK, rules on cookies have been set under the Privacy and Electronic Communications (EC Directive) Regulations 2003 (PECR 2003), SI 2003/2426. 

Below you will find the following key guidance from the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO):

This document outlines the use of cookies on the following websites

What is a cookie?

A cookie is a small file of letters and numbers that are stored on a browser or the hard drive of a computer, if agreed. Cookies contain information that is transferred to a computer's hard drive.

Websites use cookies to distinguish you from other users on the website. This helps to provide users with a good experience when you browse the website and enables us to improve the website.

Managing your cookie settings

Chrome
Safari
Edge

Can I disable cookies on the IMechE website?

Yes. A notification regarding cookies appears on each IMechE website, offering users the choice to either "allow all cookies" or "allow only necessary cookies." You allow only necessary cookies if you disregard the consent banner. It should be noted that certain website features may become inoperable if only necessary cookies are allowed.

Cookie Notice Cookie Preference

Which cookies are being used?

The following cookies are currently being used across the various IMechE websites.

Necessary cookies

These are cookies that are required for the operation of the websites. They include, for example, cookies that enable you to log into secure areas of the website, use a shopping cart or make use of e-billing services.

Analytical cookies 

These allow us to recognise and count the number of visitors and to see how visitors move around the website when they are using it. This helps us to improve the way the websites work, for example, by ensuring that users are finding what they are looking for easily.

Functionality cookies

These are used to recognise you when you return to the website. This enables us to personalise the content for you, greet you by name and remember your preferences (for example, your choice of language or region).

Targeting cookies

These cookies record your visit to the website, the pages you have visited and the links you have followed. This information is used to make the website and the advertising displayed on it more relevant to your interests. This information may also be shared with third parties for this purpose.

You can find more information about the cookies we use and the purposes for which we use them in the subsequent sections and tables below.

Google Signals

Google Signals, a feature within Google Analytics, allows us to gain insights into user behaviour across various devices when users are signed into their Google accounts. This feature is activated when users click "Allow all cookies." It provides aggregated data and reports on user interactions across smartphones, tablets, and desktops. By leveraging data from users who have enabled ad personalisation, we can access reports that include information on user behaviour, such as the number of users who visit our website via multiple devices and the paths they take during interactions. This cross-device tracking capability offers valuable insights into user journeys, helping us make data-driven decisions to improve our services and website functionality, and optimise marketing and advertising strategies.

Privacy Policy

IMechE treats the privacy of its members, customers, and website users very seriously and we take appropriate measures to safeguard your privacy.

Further information can be found on our privacy policy page.

COOKIE REPORT: IMECHE

Below you will find a list of cookies currently being used on the IMechE website.

Necessary

Provider Cookie Name Purpose of Cookie Duration 
asf.imeche.org ARRAffinity ARRAffinity cookie is set by Azure app service and allows the service to choose the right instance established by a user to deliver subsequent requests made by that user.  session 
 asf.imeche.org ARRAffinity
SameSite 
This cookie is set by Windows Azure cloud, and is used for load balancing to make sure the visitor page requests are routed to the same server in any browsing session.  session 
 cdn.userway.org uw-icon-locales  Used to keep settings on the website's accessibility widget. This helps people with e.g. vision disabilities to properly navigate the site.  persistent 
Cloudflare  _cf_bm  This cookie is used to distinguish between humans and bots. This is beneficial for the website, in order to make valid reports on the use of their website.  30 mins 
 imeche.org ASP.NET_
SessionId 
General purpose platform session cookie, used by sites written with Microsoft .NET based technologies. Usually used to maintain an anonymised user session by the server.  session 
imeche.org  ApplicationGateway
AffinityCORS
No description available  session 
 imeche.org ApplicationGateway
Affinity 
This cookie is set by the Laravel Framework. This cookie is used for managing browsing sessions. It enables keeping the web browser traffic assigned to single server.  session 
linkedin.com  bscookie    LinkedIn sets this cookie to store performed actions on the website. 1 year 
linkedin.com  li_gc  Linkedin set this cookie for storing visitor's consent regarding using cookies for non-essential purposes.  6 months 
Youtube.com CONSENT   Used to detect if the visitor has accepted the marketing category in the cookie banner. This cookie is necessary for GDPR-compliance of the website. 2 years 

Functional

 Provider Cookie Name  Purpose of Cookie  Duration 
 dec.azureedge.net LastPageURL  Identifies the last page visited by the visitor.  session 
linkedin.com lidc LinkedIn sets the lidc cookie to facilitate data center selection. 1 day 
linkedin.com UserMatch
History 
Ensures visitor browsing-security by preventing cross-site request forgery. This cookie is essential for the security of the website and visitor. 

1 Month

 Youtube.com yt-remote-
cast-available 
Stores the user's video player preferences using embedded YouTube video.  session 
Youtube.com  yt-remote-
cast-installed
Stores the user's video player preferences using embedded YouTube video.  session 
 Youtube.com yt-remote-connected-devices   Stores the user's video player preferences using embedded YouTube video. persistent 
 Youtube.com yt-remote-device-id  Stores the user's video player preferences using embedded YouTube video.  persistent 
Youtube.com  yt-remote-
fast-check-period 
Stores the user's video player preferences using embedded YouTube video.  session 
 Youtube.com  yt-remote-session-app Stores the user's video player preferences using embedded YouTube video.  session 
 Youtube.com  yt-remote-session-name Stores the user's video player preferences using embedded YouTube video.  session 

Targeting

Provider  Cookie Name Purpose of Cookie  Duration 
 Doubleclick.net IDE  This cookie is set by Doubleclick and carries out information about how the end user uses the website and any advertising that the end user may have seen before visiting the said website.  1 year 
google.com   ds/ga-
audiences
Unclassified   session
google -googlesyndication.com pagead/
landing 
Tracks the conversion rate between the user and the advertisement banners on the website - This serves to optimise the relevance of the advertisements on the website.  session 
 google-analytics.com gcl_au  Used by Google AdSense for experimenting with advertisement efficiency across websites using their services.  3 months 
 google.com sf-data-intell-
subject 
Used to track visitors on multiple websites, to present relevant advertisement based on the visitor’s preferences.  1 year 
 linkedin.com li_sugr  LinkedIn sets this cookie to collect user.  3 months 
 linkedin.com Bcookie  Used by the social networking service, LinkedIn, for tracking the use of embedded services. 

1 year

 Youtube.com  YSC This cookie is set by YouTube to track views of embedded videos.  session 
 Youtube.com  VISITOR_INFO1
_LIVE
This cookie is set by Youtube to keep track of user preferences for Youtube videos embedded in sites; it can also determine whether the website visitor is using the new or old version of the Youtube interface.  6 months 
 Youtube.com  Last_Result_
Entry_Key
Used to track user’s interaction with embedded content.  session 
Youtube.com 

LogsDatabaseV2:V#||

LogsRequestsStore 
Pending persistent 
 Youtube.com remote_sid   Necessary for the implementation and functionality of YouTube video-content on the website.  session
Youtube.com   TestCookies
Enabled
Used to track user’s interaction with embedded content.  1 day 
 Youtube.com  YtIdbMeta#
databases
 Used to track user’s interaction with embedded content. persistent 

Analytics

Provider Cookie Name  Purpose of Cookie   Duration
 google-analytics.com  _ga This cookie name is associated with Google Universal Analytics - which is a significant update to Google's more commonly used analytics service. This cookie is used to distinguish unique users by assigning a randomly generated number as a client identifier. It is included in each page request in a site and used to calculate visitor, session and campaign data for the sites analytics reports.  1 year 1 month 
 google-analytics.com  _gat Used by google to throttle request rate.  1 day 
google-analytics.com  _gid  This cookie is set by Google Analytics. It stores and update a unique value for each page visited and is used to count and track pageviews.  1 day 
imeche.org   _fbp Facebook sets this cookie to display advertisements when either on Facebook or on a digital platform powered by Facebook advertising after visiting the website.  3 months 
 imeche.org  In_or Registers statistical data on user’s behaviour on the website. Used for internal analytics by the website operator.  1 day 
linkedin.com   AnalyticsSync
History
Linkedin set this cookie to store information about the time a sync took place with the lms analytics cookie.   1 Month


Other/*Unclassified

Provider Cookie Name  Purpose of Cookie  Duration 
dec.azureedge.net  DecPageMetadata_
b3c6804c-746e-
0c78-6ce7-
8c51082552ed 
 No description available persistent 
 imeche.org ApplicationGateway
AffinityCORS
No description available  session 
 imeche.org sf-ins-ssid  No description available  1 hour 
 imeche.org sf-ins-pv-id   No description available  session
 Podbean.com cf_clearance  This cookie, set by Cloudflare, is used to support Cloudflare Bot Management. 30 mins

* Unclassified cookies are cookies that are currently in the process of being classified.



COOKIE REPORT: ONE BIRDCAGE WALK

Below you will find a list of marketing cookies currently being used on the One Birdcage Walk website

Provider Cookie Name  Purpose of Cookie   Type  Duration
Imeche.org  Application
Gateway
Affinity 
 Registers which server-cluster is serving the visitor. This is used in context with load balancing, in order to optimize user experience.  Necessary session 
 Imeche.org  Application
Gateway
AffinityCORS
This cookie is used in context with load balancing - This optimises the response rate between the visitor and the site, by distributing the traffic load on multiple network lin ks or servers.  Necessary  session  
 onebirdcagewalk.com ARRAffinity    Used to distribute traffic to the website on several servers to optimise response times. Necessary   session 
 onebirdcagewalk.com ARRAffinity
Same
Site 
Used to distribute traffic to the website on several servers in order to optimise response times.  Necessary  session 
 onebirdcagewalk.com ASP.NET_
SessionId 
Preserves the visitor's session state across page requests.  Necessary  session  
linkedin.com  AnalyticsSync
History 
LinkedIn set this cookie to store information about the time a sync took place with the lms analytics cookie.  Analytics  1 month  
onebirdcagewalk.com  _ga Registers a unique ID that is used to generate statistical data on how the visitor uses the website.   Analytics  2 years 
 onebirdcagewalk.com _gat  Used by Google Analytics to throttle request rate.  Analytics   1 day
onebirdcagewalk.com  _gid  Registers a unique ID that is used to generate statistical data on how the visitor uses the website.    Analytics  1 day 
 onebirdcagewalk.com _or   Registers statistical data on users' behaviour on the website. Used for internal analytics by the website operator. Analytics  1 day 
 cdn.userway.org uw-icon-locales  Used to keep settings on the website's accessibility widget. This helps people with e.g. vision disabilities to properly navigate the site.    Functionality persistent  
 linkedin.com li_gc  Linkedin set this cookie for storing visitor's consent regarding using cookies for non-essential purposes.   Functionality  6 months 
linkedin.com  lidc  LinkedIn sets the lidc cookie to facilitate data center selection.    Functionality 1 day 
linkedin.com  UserMatch
History 
 Ensures visitor browsing-security by preventing cross-site request forgery. This cookie is essential for the security of the website and visitor Functionality   1 month 
linkedin.com   bscookie  LinkedIn sets this cookie to store performed actions on the website.  Targeting  1 year 
 linkedin.com bcookie  Used by the social networking service, LinkedIn, for tracking the use of embedded services.  Targeting   1 year
linkedin.com  li_sugr  LinkedIn sets this cookie to collect user behaviour data to optimise the website and make advertisements on the website more relevant.  Targeting  3 months 



COOKIE REPORT: ARGYLL RUANE

Below you will find a list of marketing cookies currently being used on the Argyll Ruane website.

Provider Cookie Name  Purpose of Cookie   Type  Duration
doubleclick.net    test_cookie  Used to check if the user's browser supports cookies.   Necessary  1 day 
google.com   pagead/1p-user-list/855140932/   No description available.  Analytics   session  
google-analytics.com   _ga   This cookie name is associated with Google Universal Analytics - which is a significant update to Google's more commonly used analytics service. This cookie is used to distinguish unique users by assigning a randomly generated number as a client identifier. It is included in each page request in a site and used to calculate visitor, session and campaign data for the sites analytics reports  Analytics  2 years  
google-analytics.com  _ga_#   Used by Google Analytics to collect data on the number of times a user has visited the website as well as dates for the first and most recent visit.  Analytics   2 years  
doubleclick.net  IDE   Used by Google DoubleClick to register and report the website user's actions after viewing or clicking one of the advertiser's ads with the purpose of measuring the efficacy of an ad and to present targeted ads to the user.   Targeting 2 years  
Imeche.org    _gcl_au  Used by Google Adsense for experimenting with advertisement efficiency across websites using their services.   Targeting  3 months 

COOKIE REPORT: SONASPECTION

Below you will find a list of marketing cookies currently being used on the Sonaspection website.

Provider Cookie Name  Purpose of Cookie   Type  Duration
gstatic.com rc::a   This cookie is used to distinguish between humans and bots. Necessary  Persistent 
gstatic.com   rc::c  This cookie is used to distinguish between humans and bots.   Necessary  session  
 my.ukfast.co.uk  Hex (32)    Used to manage server calls in the website’s backend systems.   Necessary  session
Youtube.com   Consent    Used to detect if the visitor has accepted the marketing category in the cookie banner. This cookie is necessary for GDPR-compliance of the website. Necessary   2 years 
 sonaspection.com _ga   Registers a unique ID that is used to generate statistical data on how the visitor uses the website.   Analytics    2 years 
sonaspection.com   _ga_#  Used by Google Analytics to collect data on the number of times a user has visited the website as well as dates for the first and most recent visit.    Analytics  2 years  
Youtube.com    Last_Result_
Entry_Key 
Used to track user’s interaction with embedded content.  Targeting  session 
 Youtube.com  LogsDatabase
V2:V#|| 

Logs
RequestsStore 
Stores the user's video player preferences using embedded YouTube video.  Targeting   persistent 
Youtube.com    remote_sid   Necessary for the implementation and functionality of YouTube video-content on the website.  Targeting  session  
Youtube.com   TestCookies
Enabled 
Used to track user’s interaction with embedded content.  Targeting  1 day  
Youtube.com   VISITOR_INFO1
_LIVE  
 Tries to estimate the users' bandwidth on pages with integrated YouTube videos. Targeting  6 months 
 Youtube.com   YSC    This cookie is set by YouTube to track views of embedded videos. Targeting  session 
Youtube.com   YtIdbMeta#
databases 
Used to track user’s interaction with embedded content.  Targeting  persistent 
Youtube.com   yt-remote-session-name   These cookies store the user's video player preferences using embedded YouTube video.   Targeting  session 
 Youtube.com   yt-remote-cast-available Stores the user's video player preferences using embedded YouTube video.   Targeting   session 
Youtube.com   yt-remote-cast-installed  Stores the user's video player preferences using embedded YouTube video.   Targeting   session  
Youtube.com   yt-remote-connected-devices  Stores the user's video player preferences using embedded YouTube video.  Targeting  persistent  
Youtube.com    yt-remote-device-id Stores the user's video player preferences using embedded YouTube video.   Targeting   persistent  
 Youtube.com  yt-remote-
fast-check-period   
Stores the user's video player preferences using embedded YouTube video.   Targeting   session  
Youtube.com   yt-remote-session-app   Stores the user's video player preferences using embedded YouTube video. Targeting   session  



COOKIE REPORT: DESIGN CHALLENGE

Below you will find a list of marketing cookies currently being used on the IMechE Design Challenge website.

Provider Cookie Name  Purpose of Cookie   Type  Duration
forms.office.com 

__Request
Verification 

Token  

Helps prevent Cross-Site Request Forgery (CSRF) attacks.   Necessary  session 
forms.office.com   ai_session   Preserves users states across page requests.   Other Necessary   1 day, 30 mins 
microsoft.com    MSFPC  Used widely by Microsoft as a unique user ID. The cookie enables user tracking by synchronising the ID across many Microsoft domains.  Necessary  1 year  
 Vimeo.com  _cf_bm   This cookie is used to distinguish between humans and bots. This is beneficial for the website, in order to make valid reports on the use of their website.   Necessary  30 mins  
google-analytics.com   collect  

Used to send data to Google Analytics about the visitor's device and behaviour. Tracks the visitor across 

devices and marketing channels. 

 
Analytics   session 
 google-analytics.com  _ga    This cookie name is associated with Google Universal Analytics - which is a significant update to Google's more commonly used analytics service. This cookie is used to distinguish unique users by assigning a randomly generated number as a client identifier. It is included in each page request in a site and used to calculate visitor, session and campaign data for the sites analytics reports.   Analytics 1 year 1 month  
microsoft.com  c.gif   Collects data on the user’s navigation and behaviour on the website. This is used to compile statistical reports and heatmaps for the website owner.  Analytics  session  
 microsoft.com   MC1 

Used by Microsoft to keep statistics on what pages the user has visited and how often an ad click leads to 

a purchase or other actions on the advertiser's website.

 
 Analytics  1 year  
 cdn.forms.office.net 

Object 

(quot;#-#-#T#:#:#.#
Zquot;) 

Registers statistical data on users' behaviour on the website. Used for internal analytics by the website operator.  other   persistent  
 forms.office.com  RpsAuth
Nonce 
Used to implement Microsoft-forms on the website.   other   30 days 
 forms.office.com 

Microsoft
Applications 

Telemetry
DeviceId  

 Sets a specific device ID. This ID is used by Microsoft to track users' website behaviour and the interaction with Microsoft application on the specific device.   other   session 
microsoft.com   MUID   Used widely by Microsoft as a unique user ID. The cookie enables user tracking by synchronising the ID across many Microsoft domains.  Targeting  1 year 
 microsoft.com  ANONCHK  Registers data on visitors from multiple visits and on multiple websites. This information is used to measure the efficiency of advertisement on websites.  Targeting   1 day  
 microsoft.com  MR  Used to track visitors on multiple websites, in order to present relevant advertisement based on the visitor's preferences.   Targeting  7 days 
microsoft.com   SM  Registers a unique ID that identifies the user's device during return visits across websites that use the same ad network. The ID is used to allow targeted ads. Targeting   session 


COOKIE REPORT: MERCHANDISE STORE

Below you will find a list of marketing cookies currently being used on the IMechE Merchandise Store website.

Provider Cookie Name  Purpose of Cookie   Type  Duration
Cdn.shopify.com  Shopifypay
Acceleration  
 The cookie is necessary for the secure checkout and payment functions on the website.  Necessary   persistent  
 google.com  CONSENT    Used to detect if the visitor has accepted the marketing category in the cookie banner. This cookie is necessary for GDPR compliance of the website. Necessary   2 years 
gstatic.com   pf.keys  This cookie is part of a bundle of cookies set by the websites webshop platform to facilitate images, filter functions and shopping-cart functionalities.   Necessary   persistent  
 imecheshop.co.uk  _secure_
session_id  
Used in connection with navigation through a storefront.   Necessary    1 month
imecheshop.co.uk   secure_
customer_sig  
 This cookie is generally provided by Shopify and is used in connection with a customer login. Necessary   1 year
 imecheshop.co.uk  cart_currency   This cookie is used to recognize the user’s country of origin and populate the correct transaction currency.  Necessary    2 weeks
 imecheshop.co.uk  shopify_pay_
redirect  
 Used in connection with checkout.  Necessary   1 day  
 imecheshop.co.uk   _cf_bm   This cookie is used to distinguish between human and bots. This is beneficial for the website, in order to make valid reports on the use of their website. Necessary   1 day  
 imecheshop.co.uk  _cmp_a   Used for managing customer privacy settings.    Necessary   1 day 
imecheshop.co.uk   cookietest   This cookie is used to determine if the visitor has accepted the cookie consent box.  Necessary   session  
imecheshop.co.uk   _tracking_
consent  
 Tracking preferences. Necessary    1 year
Shop.app    _pay_session  This cookie is used in conjunction with the payment window. The cookie is necessary for making secure transactions on the website.   Necessary  session  
 Shopify.com  _pay_session   This cookie is used in conjunction with the payment window. The cookie is necessary for making secure transactions on the website.  Necessary   session 
 Shopify.com  _shopify_d   The cookie is necessary for the secure checkout and payment function on the website.  Necessary   session  
imecheshop.co.uk   localization   These cookies are set on pages with the Flickr widget.    Functionality 1 year 
imecheshop.co.uk   Keep_alive   Save the users current geographical location based on the user’s IP address.   Functionality   1 day  
 imecheshop.co.uk  localization    Holds the users timezone.  Functionality  1 year  
 Godog.
shopifycloud.com 
v1/event.gif   Presents the user with relevant content and advertisement. The service is provided by third-party advertisement hubs, which facilitate real-time bidding for advertisers.   Targeting    session 
google.com   NID   Registers a unique ID that identifies a returning user’s device. The ID is used for targeted ads.  Targeting   6 months 
 gstatic.com  allowed_payment_
methods.
https://
imecheshop.co.uk 
Unclassified    Targeting  persistent 
 pay.google.com  TEST
COOKIESENABLED 
 Used to track user’s interaction with embedded content. Targeting  1 day  
privacy-banner.
shopifyapps.com  
_example_session    Unclassified  Unclassified*   1 day  

*Unclassified cookies are cookies that are currently in the process of being classified.





Have a question?

If you any questions or comments about this Cookie Policy please contact:

The Data Protection Officer
1 Birdcage Walk
London
SW1H 9JJ