Privacy and Cookies

This Cookie Notice applies to the automated information collected on the PEARonline website. A cookie is a string of information that a website stores on a visitor’s computer, and that the visitor’s browser provides to the website each time the visitor returns. PEARonline uses cookies to help identify and track visitors, their usage of the PEARonline website, and their website access preferences. PEARonline visitors who do not wish to have cookies placed on their computers should set their browsers to refuse cookies before using the PEARonline website, with the drawback that certain features of the PEARonline website may not function properly without the aid of cookies.

Please see below for an overview of the cookies we use and why we use them.

PEARonline uses the following cookies on its public website:

Cookie Name Purpose
Comment_author
Comment_author_email
Comment_author_url
Set for blog commenters, these cookies are used so that the visitors will not have to re-type their information again when they want to leave another comment. These cookies expire after 1 year.

The following Google Analytics persistent and session cookies are used for web analytics purposes for PEARonline’s exclusive use, i.e., for managing and improving the performance and design of the site.

Cookie Name Purpose
_UTMA Used to distinguish users and sessions. This persistent cookie is placed by Google Analytics on behalf of PEARonline for web statistics purposes. It expires after 2 years.
_UTMB Used to determine new sessions/visits. This cookie is placed by Google Analytics on behalf of PEARonline for web statistics purposes. It expires after 30 minutes.
_UTMC This session cookie is placed by Google Analytics on behalf of PEARonline for web statistics purposes. It expires at the end of the browser session.
_UTMZ Stores the traffic source or campaign that explains how the user reached your site. This persistent cookie is placed by Google Analytics on behalf of PEARonline for web statistics purposes. It expires after 6 months.

For more information on Google Analytics Cookies, read Google’s Cookie Policy at http://www.google.com/policies/technologies/cookies/, for Developer information, read Google’s Developer information at https://developers.google.com/analytics/devguides/collection/analyticsjs/cookie-usage.

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PEARonline uses the following cookies on its secure, permissions based website:

Cookie Name Purpose
user_session Secure application session – Used to track and authenticate the user’s session on the secure site. This cookie expires when the user ends their session by closing the tab or browser they are using to interact with PEARonline.
lastMessage Stores a message to be displayed to the user when the page loads again (e.g. ‘You have successfully changed your password.’) This is cleared once the message is displayed. It expires after 1 hour.
passwordEmail Stores the user’s email address so it can be filled into the password reset form. It expires after 1 hour.
isAuthCodeToResetPassword Stores a code used during password resets to confirm the user received a reset email. It expires after 1 hour.
lastURLRedirect Stores a timestamp. This indicates how long it’s been since the user was redirected to a different page. Used to avoid “redirect loops” where a user is endlessly redirected to a new URL. This cookie expires when the user ends their session by closing the tab or browser they are using to interact with PEARonline.
lastError Stores an error message to be displayed on the next page load. (e.g. Invalid username and password.) It expires after 1 hour.