Cookies are normally small text files that are stored on the hard drive of a computer (or a mobile device) when a user accesses a website. A cookie file is used by internet browsers to allow websites to recognise a user’s device and store some information about the user’s preferences or past actions. These files can normally be found in the directory/folder that was created on a computer when the internet browser was installed.
Cookies can be “persistent” or “session” cookies.
Cookies can be grouped into four categories, outlined below. The Volunteer Zambia website currently uses strictly necessary cookies, performance cookies and functionality cookies.
- Strictly necessary cookies
These cookies are essential in order to enable you to move around the website successfully. Without these cookies some features of our website would fail.
- Performance cookies
These cookies collect information about how visitors use a website, including which pages visitors go to most often and if they get error messages from web pages. These cookies don’t collect any information that identifies a visitor. All information these cookies collect is aggregated and therefore anonymous.
- Functionality cookies
These cookies allow the website to remember choices you make (such as your user name, language or the region you are in) and provide enhanced personalised features. These cookies can also be used to remember changes you have made to text size, fonts and other parts of web pages that you can customise. They may also be used to provide website features which you wish to use, such as watching a video or commenting on a blog. The information these cookies collect may be anonymised and they cannot track your browsing activity on other websites.
- Targeting cookies or advertising cookies
These cookies are used to deliver adverts more relevant to you and your interests on other websites. They are also used to limit the number of times you see an advertisement as well as help measure the effectiveness of the advertising campaign. They are usually placed by advertising networks with the website operator’s permission. This kind of cookie remembers that you have visited a website and this information is shared with other organisations such as advertisers. Quite often targeting or advertising cookies will be linked to site functionality provided by the other organisation.
Strictly Necessary Cookies:
WordPress (the software used to power this website) sets the following cookies in your browser, if you have logged into the website dashboard:
|PHPSESSID||Used to identify your unique session on the website||Session (cookie expires when the site is exited)|
|wordpress_||Used to record a logged-in user. This is restricted to the admin area||2 weeks|
|wordpress_logged_in_||Used to record a logged in user||2 weeks|
|wp-settings||Used to customize the user’s view of the admin interface.||2 weeks|
|wp-settings-time||Used to customize the user’s view of admin interface and also the main site interface||2 weeks|
In addition to the essential cookies, we also use various third-party cookies to report usage statistics of the website. This is done through the third-party Google Analytics (Google Inc.), which is a web analysis service provided by Google Inc. (“Google”). These have been summarised below:
|_ga||Used by Google Analytics to distinguish users.||2 years|
|_gid||Used to distinguish users||24 hours|
|_gat||Used to limit the number of requests made.||1 minute|
The Wallace Group uses a range of external services within its website, such as YouTube and Twitter, and these external services may also drop cookies onto your computer. These third party cookies fall into the functionality cookies category and the targeted advertising cookies category.
If you use the services provided by any of the above on the Volunteer Zambia website, you are likely to come into contact with the cookies that these providers use. You should access their website privacy notice to find details of how to opt out of their cookies.
Cookies in the main are advantageous and generally enhance the experience of browsing a website.
Please note that disabling cookies when using the Volunteer Zambia website might result in you not being able to use all of the website’s functionality, services and features, you may not be able to store your preferences, and some of our pages might not display properly.
You can manage the cookies stored on your device as well as stop cookies from being installed on your browser. Most web browsers allow some control of most cookies through the browser settings.
To find out more about cookies, including how to see what cookies have been set visit:
Find out how to manage cookies on popular browsers:
To find information relating to other browsers, visit the browser developer’s website. To opt out of being tracked by Google Analytics across all websites, visit the Google opt out tool.