Cookies policy

Last updated November 10, 2014.

This page explains what you need to know about how uses cookies on its website and how to manage or remove them if you wish to do so.

What are cookies?

A cookie is a small amount of data sent to your computer or mobile phone from a website. This means the website can recognize your device (your computer or mobile phone) if you return to the same site. Cookies cannot be used to identify you personally.

A cookie often includes a unique identifier, which is a randomly generated number. This is stored on your device’s hard drive. Many cookies are automatically deleted after you finish using the website.

Cookies are not programs and do not collect information from your device.

Cookies make your experience of using websites faster and easier. They allow websites to create a customised view of pages to which you navigate. For example, they are commonly used to authenticate or identify registered users of a website without requiring them to sign in each time they access it. Other uses include maintaining a ‘shopping basket’ of goods a user has chosen to purchase, site personalisation (presenting different pages to different users) and tracking the pages a user has visited on a site for analysis purposes.

Cookies may come with or without an expiry date. Cookies without an expiry date exist until the browser is closed, while cookies with an expiry date may be stored by the device until the expiry date passes.

You can restrict or block cookies set by Vitalfootprint but this may limit your use of some functionality.

Vitalfootprint uses third-party suppliers who also set cookies on our behalf to deliver the services that record usage and monitor advertising. More information on the cookies set by Vitalfootprint and its third-party suppliers can be found below.

How to manage your cookies

Cookies are sent to your browser (whether you use Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Safari or any other browser) by a website and then stored in the cookies directory of your device.

To check and update your cookies settings, you will need to know what browser you are using and what version of it you have. You can usually find this out by opening the browser (just as though you were going to use the internet) and then clicking on 'Help' and then 'About'. This will give you information about the browser version you are using.

To find out how to allow, block, delete and manage the cookies on all standard web browsers, go to and select the browser and version you are using. You'll also find information about how to delete cookies from your computer.

If you use a mobile phone to browse or other sites that use cookies, please refer to your handset manual for guidance.

1. 'First-party' cookies

First-party cookies are set and controlled by Vitalfootprint. Each of these is listed below, with a description of its purpose and benefit.

Cookie name Expiry Description of cookie
cookies-accepted 12 Months Used to determine if you have clicked the 'X' button on cookies information bar.
_vitalfootprint_session End of session Used to identify user's session

2. ‘Third-party cookies’

Third-party cookies are not set directly by, but by third-party service or functionality providers.

For more information about the cookies used by these suppliers, including how to opt-out, you will need to view their individual privacy policies. Managing, deleting or blocking these cookies requires you to visit the websites of these third parties or to adjust your browser’s cookie controls accordingly.

The third-party cookies used by are described here, with the purpose and benefit of each and a link to the third-party’s cookies information or privacy policy.

Google Analytics cookies

These cookies help Vitalfootprint to understand what areas of the site are popular and unpopular, so we can improve the service you receive and archive what is not used.

Google Analytics stores the information collected by the cookie on servers in the United States. Google may also transfer this information to third parties where required to do so by law, or where such third parties process the information on Google's behalf.

Google will not associate your IP address with any other data held by Google

How to reject or delete this kind of cookie:

Cookie name Expiry Description of cookie
_ga 24 Months Used to distinguish users.
_gat 10 minutes Used to throttle request rate.

Other third-party cookies

Cookie name Expiry Description of cookie
BIGipServerpool_livepass.conviva.com_http End of session Associated with managing sessions on load balanced servers, to ensure user requests are routed consistently to the correct server.
__unam 10 months This cookie is associated with the ShareThis social sharing widget placed in a site to enable sharing of content across various social networks. It counts clicks and shares of a page.
aka_debug End of session This cookie is set by This cookie holds information about the player and the visitor interacting with the player to allow them to diagnose any problems the player might encounter and to improve it.
__utma, __utmb, __utmc, __utmz 24 months These cookies are set by These cookies are used to collect anonymous information about visitors using the vimeo video player, including the number of visitors using the player, and where vistors have come from.