Cookie Policy

Our website uses cookies and this page explains more about cookies, why we use cookies, how we use cookies, for what purpose and how to control cookies.

About Cookies

Cookies consist of pieces of text, often including unique identifiers (strings of letters and numbers) that are sent by web servers to web browsers, and stored by the browser. The identifier may then be sent back to the server each time the browser requests a page from the server. This enables the web server to identify and track users as they navigate different pages on a website and to identify users who are returning.

Cookies may be either “persistent” or “session” cookies. Persistent cookies consist of a text file sent to the web browser from the web server, and are stored by the web browser until its set expiry date or until the user deletes the cookie. A session cookie, will expire when the user closes the web browser and is not retained after the browser is closed.

Why We Use Cookies

There are many reasons for a website to use cookies, from enabling the user to log-in to secure areas of a site to remembering your name next time you visit that site.

We use cookies to distinguish you from other users of our website and in order to provide increased functionality on our website. This enables us to provide you with a better user experience and allows us to make improvements to our website and services.

The cookies we use collect only anonymous information to improve the services we offer, and do not collect personal information about you. We do not use cookies to target you with advertising.

It is important to note that not all cookies on our website are created by us as some are created by third parties. These are covered below.

What Cookies Do We Use?

On your visit to our website, you may notice three types of cookies generated. The cookies used are based on the International Chamber of Commerce guide for cookie categories:

Strictly Necessary

These cookies are essential in order to use the website and its features. We use these cookies to:

  • Facilitate features like secure areas, remembering any data entered or items selected on forms;
  • Detect any software on your device which enables content on our website.

These cookies are not used to gather information about you or to target you with products or services.

If you prevent these cookies, then we cannot guarantee your security or predict how our website will function during your visit.


These cookies are not essential but collect useful information about how people use our website. Without this information, it would be difficult for us to understand how our website is performing and how we can improve the user experience. The information collected is anonymous and we use these cookies to:

  • Obtain web usage statistics such as which pages you visit;
  • Understand website performance and if there are any errors.

Third Party Cookies

When you visit our site you may notice that some cookies are not related to eccElearning. These cookies may be sent from sites, such as social media sites, that provide external applications through our website such as social media tools or applications. We do not have control over the generation of these cookies and we would therefore suggest that you look at those third parties’ websites for more information about the cookies they place and how you can manage them.

Cookies on This Website

Strictly Necessary

Cookie Type Name Purpose
Session Cookies PHPSESSID Used for identifying user session
Session Cookies shw Browser Screen Resolution – used to capture and store in audit logs user browser screen resolution


Cookie Type Name Expires Purpose
Google Analytics __utma Now + 2 years This cookie is used to determine unique visitors to our site and it is updated with each page view. Additionally, this cookie is provided with a unique ID that Google Analytics uses to ensure both the validity and accessibility of the cookie as an extra security measure.
__utmb Now + 30 minutes This cookie is used to establish and continue a user session with our site. When a new page is clicked, the cookie is reset. If you leave the website or cease activity, the cookie is deleted.
__utmc End of session This cookie is used in conjunction with __utmb to determine whether or not to establish a new session.
__utmz Now + 6 months This cookie stores the type of referral used by visitors to our site, whether via a direct method, a referring link, a website search, or a campaign such as an ad or an email link. It is used to calculate search engine traffic, ad campaigns and page navigation within your own site. The cookie is updated with each page view.
_ga Now + 2 years A Google Analytics cookie for general tracking
View Google Analytics Privacy Overview. To Opt-Out of being tracked by Google Analytics across all websites visit the Google Analytics Opt-Out Page.

Controlling Cookies

You may prefer to disable cookies on this and on other websites. The most effective way to do this is to alter your web browser (e.g. Google Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer) settings to allow, switch off or delete cookies. We suggest consulting the Help section of your browser or visiting the About Cookies website which offers step-by-step guidance for all modern browsers.