Cookie Policy

Cookies are included in the majority of websites and have done for many years. They do their job much of the time without us even noticing. They help improve a visitor's experience when using and navigating a website. They cannot contain viruses.

What is a cookie?

A cookie is a small file which is downloaded from a website and stored on a website user’s computer (or other device). The cookie is then sent back to the website on each visit. Cookies ‘remember’ anonymous information about your visit and movement between web pages, to allow functions such as setting options (e.g. change text size or store items in a shopping basket) and tracking web visitor traffic (e.g. Google Analytics), amongst other things.

There are 'first party cookies' which are set by the website you are visiting and 'third party cookies' which are set by other websites and are working on the page you are viewing (e.g. Google Analytics, social network sharing tools).

Cookies on this website

None of the cookies on this website are used to personally identify its visitors (e.g. your name and address). They do not collect or store personal or sensitive data about individual visitors.

The majority of cookies used on this website are set for logged-in users only, i.e. Ask Iris website administrators only, and are essential to ensure that the website functions as it should.

By continuing to use this website you are giving us permission to set the cookies described below.

Essential First Party Cookies at

exp_last_activity - Every time the state is updated (the page reloaded) the last activity is set to the current datetime. Used to determine expiry. This is essential for logged in users, but not for guests - it is set for both.

exp_sessionid - A uniquely generated ID that corresponds to the session_id column in the exp_session table. Used when cookie and session are set as the session type. Used only for logged in members.

exp_uniqueid - Matches the unique_id field in the exp_members table. Randomly generated by the FNS class at registration. Used only for logged in members.

exp_userhash - The encrypted password of the currently logged in user. Set if you choose the cookies and session ID method for sessions (cs in your config.) Used only for logged in members.

exp_anon - A flag set by the user to determine if they are listed in the online users.

exp_expiration - Determines the length of the session for a logged in user. There are two options for this cookie: if the user has selected remember me then it is set to 1 year, and if not then it's set to the datetime that the user logged in. Used only for logged in members.

style – Controls the user’s preference and remembers the text size set for the duration of the user’s visit.

lg_polls_vote_## - Records if a users has voted already in a poll. No personal data is stored.

Non-Essential First Party Cookies at

exp_last_visit - Sets the datetime that the user last visited the site, and is set for both guests and logged in users. If not set, is automatically set to 10 years ago. Affects guests and logged in users.

exp_tracker - Tracks the last 5 pages viewed by the user, and is used primarily for redirection after logging in etc. Affects guests and logged in users.

exp_super_search_history – Keeps a history of the last 5 searches performed. This data is not used on this website.

Third Party Cookies at

Google Analytics – Uses cookies to track visitor traffic anonymously, such as which pages were visited, how many times and where visitors exited the site, amongst other things. Google Analytics cookies are non-essential but are very helpful in informing Iris on how to monitor and improve the website and provide a good service for visitors. Specifically, the Google Analytics cookies are: __utma, __utmb, __utmc, __utmz.

Share This – Uses cookies which allow visitors to share content from this website with their social networks, such as Facebook or Twitter. Share This cookies are not essential but allow visitors to spread the word about the work of Iris and the information on this website. Specifically, the Share This cookies used are: __stid, __uset

Embedded content such as YouTube or Flickr may also use cookies to ensure that the content is displayed correctly on this website.

How to switch off cookies

If you do not wish to receive cookies then you can switch them off and delete them in your browser. Different browsers perform this function in different ways. You can find out how to do it in your browser by searching its 'Help' facility.

You can change your cookie settings at any time. This website explains how to control cookies.

Please note: If cookies are disabled then features on this website will be disrupted and some functions may not work fully or at all.

Iris E-newsletter

Our e-newsletter system uses open tracking which helps us to monitor our e-newsletter's usage, learn what works best and provide a good service to our users. This tracking shows us how many e-newsletters were read, when, how many times and by which subscribers. By subscribing to our e-newsletter you agree to us using open tracking to monitor and improve the emails we send you. The monitoring in these e-mails cannot be disabled. You can unsubscribe from the e-newsletter at any time either by clicking the ‘unsubscribe’ link in the e-mail or by contacting us and asking us to remove your details from our mailing list.