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Cookies on S4C

S4C's website uses cookies. By using the site you are consenting to S4C's use of cookies in line with the guidelines below.

S4C uses cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website.Cookies are used to store information about your on-line preferences, for instance S4C may use cookies to store your language preference for the S4C website. If you use the S4C Weather Website S4C may use cookies to store your address and postcode and device geolocation so that weather information can be localised for you.

Please be aware that if you visit an S4C page which contains embedded content from social media, third party cookies may track your use of the S4C website.

      What are cookies?

Cookies record information about your online preferences. The main purpose of cookies is to identify users and maybe prepare customized pages for them. When you go to a website that uses cookies, you may be asked to fill out a form providing information such as your name and interests. This information is packaged into a cookie and sent to your web browser which stores it for later use. The next time you go to the same site, your browser will send the cookie to the web server. The server can use this information to present you with custom web pages. For example, instead of seeing just a generic welcome page you might see a welcome page with your name on it.

List of cookies associated to the S4C Website

    S4C Main Site Cookies

    Origin Cookie name Purpose Description
    S4C website sessionid Site personalisation Stores the language preference for the S4C website.
    S4C Watch s4cPlayerVolume Site personalisation Stores the users volume choice.
    anonS4CUser Site personalisation Anonymous user id string.
    xx-info: Site personalisation Tracks each programme the user has watched and the duration they have watched it.
    geodatas4c Site personalisation Stores the geolocation data of the user.
    My S4C bws_session_token Site personalisation Temporary key which gives access to parts of the web site using your login details. This key can be revoked by us, and is removed when you log out of a device. It is used to uniquely identify you and potentially your device. It can be used to follow your journey through our website and identify any video content you watch. If you delete your account, even though we may have recorded this key against page views / content views, it would no longer be able to uniquely identify you and would become anonymised.
    bws_logged_in Site personalisation Stores whether the user is logged in or not, to determine whether the user can view particular pages.
    device_id Site personalisation An ID that uniquely identifies the device the user is using.
    bws_is_child_account Site personalisation Indicates whether the main user or one of the users child accounts is logged in.
    Caban _icl_current_language Site personalisation Stores the language preference. The site defaults to this selection on return.
    Weather geoLocation Site personalisation Allows the ability to save address/postcode and device geolocation so that weather information can be localised.
    Cyw PHPSESSID Session tracking PHP session ID, created by default by the system. Holds no user information.
    Google Analytics _ga Website usage statistics Used to distinguish users.
    _gid Website usage statistics Used to distinguish users.
    _gat Website usage statistics Used to throttle request rate.
    __utma Website usage statistics Stores the amount of visits, and the time of the first visit, the previous visit, and the current visit.
    __utmb and __utmc Website usage statistics Checks the duration of a visit: when a visit starts, and approximate end.
    __utmz Website usage statistics Stores the location of a visit.
    IDE Website usage statistics Used by Google DoubleClick to register and report the website user's actions after viewing or clicking one of the advertiser's ads with the purpose of measuring the efficacy of an ad and to present targeted ads to the user. To delete Google cookies please visit
    Social Networking uid, loc, dvd, mus Site personalisation AddThis tools allows users to instantly share webpages, blogs, news, photos, videos, and other content to the most popular social networks and other destinations via a browser plug-in or website plug-in. To Opt-out or for more information please visit http://www.addthis.com/privacy/privacy-policy

How do I turn cookies off?

Users have the opportunity to set their computers to accept all cookies, to notify them when a cookie is issued, or not to receive cookies at any time. The last of these, of course, means that certain personalised services cannot then be provided to that user and accordingly you may not be able to take full advantage of all of the features on S4C's websites. Each browser is different, so check the "Help" menu of your browser to learn how to change your cookie preferences.

If you have set your computer to reject cookies you can still browse S4C's websites anonymously until such time as you wish to register for services on S4C's websites. For further information on cookies and how to delete them, please visit www.aboutcookies.org.

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