Cookie policy

QinetiQ Group Cookie Policy

Updated April 2017

Our website uses cookies to distinguish you from other users of our website. This helps us to enhance user experience and to improve our website.

Upon accessing our website our system will issue cookies unless: the option to disable is exercised (displayed on our pop-up banner); or you have previously adjusted your browser settings to refuse cookies.

The terms ‘us’, ‘we’, ‘our’ and other similar terms refers to the QinetiQ Group of companies, including all individual business areas within the group.

The term ‘you’, ‘your’, ‘user’ and other similar terms refers to website visitors.

What are cookies?

Cookies are small files of letters and numbers. These files are either stored in the memory of your computer or other device such as mobile phones or tablet devices (these cookies are generally known as session cookies) or are placed on the hard drive of your device (generally known as persistent cookies).
Cookies are created when you visit a website or other service that uses cookies. Cookies are commonly used to help the user’s browsing experience and provide more information about the user’s experience and interests. This information is generally used to make content, services and advertising more relevant and useful during future visits.

For more details about cookies and details of how to delete and disable cookies you can visit www.aboutcookies.org and also see our section with more information about cookies and how to delete them below.

What cookies are on the QinetiQ Group websites?

We use the following cookies:

  • Strictly necessary cookies. These are cookies that are required for the operation of our website.
  • Analytical/performance cookies. They allow us to recognise and count the number of visitors and to see how visitors move around our website when they are using it. This helps us to improve the way our website works, 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 our website. This enables us to personalise our content for you.
  • Targeting cookies. These cookies record your visit to our website, the pages you have visited and the links you have followed. We will use this information to make our website and the advertising displayed on it more relevant to your interests.

You can find more information about the individual cookies we use and the purposes for which we use them in the table below:

Cookie

Description

Purpose

_ga

Google Analytics

These cookies allow us to count user visits and traffic sources so that we can measure and improve the site performance using Google Analytic services.

The information collected is stored by Google on servers in the United States.

_gat

Third Party DoubleClick cookie

This cookie applies only to web-browser activity. Analytics collects any demographic and interests information available in the cookie.

_dc_gtm_UA

Google TAG Manager

This cookie allows us to record visitor trends over time. Google Analytics uses a cookie to help track which pages are accessed.

_mkto_trk

Marketo enable us to recognize your browser and tell us how and when pages in our website are visited and by how many people, and also to recognize a return visitor as a unique user.

This cookie may contain information (such as a unique user ID) that is used to track your usage of our site.

The cookies placed by Marketo are readable only by Marketo.

SC_ANALYTICS_GLOBAL_COOKIE

This cookie name is associated with the Sitecore Content Management System as is used for web analytics to identify repeat visits by unique users.

The main purpose of this cookie is: Performance.

Sitecore_userticket

Session cookie used by the Site Core CMS to maintain user sessions.

.ASPXAUTH

Used to determine if a user is authenticated.

seen_cookie_message

Saves a message to let us know that you’ve seen our cookie message.

scContentEditorFoldersWidth

This cookie saves the width of the tree navigation of the content editor. This means: If the width of the navigation changes, the cookie value is also set to the corresponding pixel width.

sc_fv

Session cookie used to remember user preferences.

__CSRFCOOKIE

Security Cookie to prevent counterfeits. CSRF stands for cross-site request forgery.

__RequestVerificationToken

Security cookie to prevent counterfeits.

shell#lang

Session cookie set by the server. The likely purpose of this cookie is to remember a user's language preference.

website#lang

Stores Language For the Website.

ASP.NET_SessionId

General session cookie set by the server used to track the session state. Enables the site to remember selections and preferences made by the user.

Third party cookies

Please note that third parties (including, for example, advertising networks and providers of external services like web traffic analysis services) may also use cookies, over which we have no control.

Where can I find more information about cookies, and how do I delete cookies?

Find out more about cookies including how to disable/enable and delete them at the following website www.aboutcookies.org.You can block most cookies generally by activating the setting on your browser that allows you to refuse the setting of all or some cookies.

Google provides the following options for users looking to opt out or change their Ads settings:

Users can also opt out of having their data collected by Google Analytics

However, if you use your browser settings to block all cookies (including essential cookies) you may not be able to access all or parts of our sites, or you may experience reduced functionality when accessing certain services.

If you want to delete cookies from the browser on your mobile phone, you will need to refer to your handset manual.