To make our site work properly, EPC sometimes places small data files called cookies on your device. Most websites do this too.
What are Cookies?
A cookie is a small text file that a website saves on your computer or mobile device when you visit the site. It enables the website to remember your actions and preferences (such as login and font size; it provides web accounts functionality and online submission of forms) over a period of time, so you don’t have to keep re-entering them whenever you come back to the site or browse from one page to another.
EPC uses three kinds of cookies detailed below.
First party session cookies
These cookies are called ‘PHPSESSID’ and are set by EPC and are essential for the website functionality. They are specifically used to manage login sessions and the submission of form data.
They are essential and cannot be opted out of. If you do not wish for them to be set on your machine, you should stop using EPC’s website.
First party persistent cookies
EPC sets a cookie to remember your language preference, specifically called '_locale'. The cookie is set by EPC to enhance the website experience by remembering your language preference. The cookie is stored on your device for one year.
EPC sets a cookie called 'cookies_consent' to remember your cookie preferences including if you wish to opt out. This cookie is stored on your device for one year.
EPC uses Google Analytics to measure visitors on our website. The data collected is completely anonymous and cannot be tied to the individual visitor. EPC does not know who the visitor is, merely that someone visited its website. The data collected is used to provide a better experience to website users.
You can opt out of these cookies.
Third party persistent cookies
EPC uses Google’s reCAPTCHA on some pages to filter out automated form submissions and this requires the use of third party cookies set by Google. The cookies are called 'PREF', 'NID', 'HSID', 'APISID' and 'SID'.
These cookies are essential and cannot be opted out of.
You can read more on Google’s Privacy information page.
How to control Cookies
If you want to avoid intrusive third party cookies- EPC does not place any of these on your device, you can turn them off using the browser settings; you can delete all cookies that are already on your computer and you can set most browsers to prevent them from being placed. If you do this, however, you may have to manually adjust some preferences every time you visit a site and some services and functionalities may not work.