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About Cookies and TheGivingMachine

In accordance with the E-Privacy Directive (May 2012), we invite you to consent to the way we use cookies.

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A cookie is a small file, typically of letters and numbers, stored by the internet browser you choose to use to view TheGivingMachine. The files we apply are completely harmless and do not store any personal data about you.
Cookies are useful to us, they help us provide you with the required experience on TheGivingMachine and allow us to improve our service and make TheGivingMachine more efficient too.

Changing cookies relating to TheGivingMachine

We use cookies to run key processes including user (Giver and Beneficiary) account authentication, tracking your donation, and to make our website easier to use. If you choose not to allow the cookies listed below, you won't be able to use certain parts of TheGivingMachine.
If you are uncertain and would like to remove cookies set by TheGivingMachine, you can do this by amending your browser settings - Here is some help with that.
If you delete all your cookies through your browser, you'll have to update TheGivingMachine cookie settings again when you return. You'll also need to do this if you use a different computer or smartphone, computer profile or browser to the one you commonly use.
The information that follows outlines the cookies we use on our website.

Strictly necessary cookies

These cookies are automatically allowed because the website won't work without them. They are essential to allow you to navigate our site and to make sure the core processes work.
Strictly necessary cookies allow you to:

  • donate to your beneficiary or beneficiaries
  • log in and log out of TheGivingMachine
  • Cookie details

    Cookie Name: PHPSESSID
    Nature: Strictly necessary
    Purpose: TheGivingMachine user authentication and usage tracking. It allows you to log in to your account and to give as you shop.
    Lifetime: Indefinitely, unless you delete it.

    Performance cookies

    These cookies are automatically allowed because the website won't work properly without them. They collect information in aggregate about how visitors use our site, which allows us to improve its performance over time. Performance cookies only collect anonymous information, and allow us to:

  • monitor the performance of our site
  • collect information about how visitors use the website so help us understand how we can improve our service.
  • Cookie details

    Cookie Name: (_utm cookies)
    Nature: Performance
    Purpose: It allows us to monitor the use of the site.
    Lifetime: Indefinitely, unless you delete it.

    Learn more about cookies
  • Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) website
  • Guidance on the new cookies regulation, ICO (PDF 442KB)
  • Just in time! UK ICC releases guidance on use of cookies, Ashurst guideline summary (PDF 107KB)
  • Q&A: Dave Evans from the ICO on EU cookie law compliance, econsultancy.com


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