Like the vast majority of other websites, we use ‘cookies’ in order to provide you with the best possible experience when you visit it. Cookies are small text files that are stored on your computer when you visit a web page.

They can have many purposes, and among other things may be used to store your preferences, keep you logged into a website, or collect visitor statistics – e.g. finding out how many users viewed the site and the pages they accessed.

Cookies may be set by the website you are visiting, or by third parties who provide content that is embedded in the site – such as YouTube videos. Some cookies are deleted automatically when you close your browser, others remain for longer periods – e.g. to retain any website preferences you have set on previous occasions.

By visiting the Generate UK website and blog you consent to cookies being stored on your computer or device. If you wish, you can disable cookies via your browser settings, however, some website functionality may not work as expected.


Below are more details about the cookies that are stored when you visit the Generate UK site or the associated blog. These are broken down into the 4 separate categories suggested by the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC).

Strictly Necessary Cookies.

These cookies are essential in order to enable you to move around the website and use its features, such as accessing secure areas of the website. Without these cookies services, you have asked for, like shopping baskets or e-billing, cannot be provided. ‘Strictly Necessary’ cookies stored when a user visits this website or the blog:

Cookie Name:Set By:Purpose:More Info:
SKSessionGenerate UKThese cookies may be used to keep track of the current user’s session – for example, to provide specific functionality to certain visitors, such as logged-in users. Some parts of the website may not function correctly if these cookies are not stored.

Performance Cookies.

These cookies collect information about how visitors use a website, for instance, which pages visitors go to most often, and if they get error messages from web pages. These cookies don’t collect information that identifies a visitor. All information these cookies collect is aggregated and therefore anonymous. It is only used to improve how a website works. ‘Performance’ cookies stored when a user visits this website or the blog:

Cookie Name:Set By:Purpose:More Info:
__utma __utmb __utmc __utmzGoogle AnalyticsWe use Google Analytics to collect general statistics about website users – such as the number of visitors, most popular pages accessed, typical time spent on the site, broad geographic location of users, details of any errors experienced etc. In turn, this data is used by us to improve the website – e.g. to improve the site navigation or to create new content that is likely to be popular with visitors.

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, more personal features. For instance, a website may be able to provide you with local weather reports or traffic news by storing in a cookie the region in which you are currently located. 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 services you have asked for such as watching a video or commenting on a blog. ‘Functionality’ cookies stored when a user visits this website or the blog:

Cookie Name:Set By:Purpose:More Info:
VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE use_hitbox PREF (etc)YouTubeThese cookies are set by when you visit a page containing an embedded YouTube video and/or start playing it.More Info »
NID SNID khcookie testcookie PREF (etc)Google MapsThis cookie is stored when you visit the ‘Contact Us’ page, which includes an embedded Google Map.More Info »
lsd reg_fb_gate locale datr reg_fb_ref wd (etc)FacebookThese cookies are stored when you visit pages that contain Facebook ‘Like’, ‘Share’ or ‘Send’ buttons, and/or when you decide to Like, Share or Send a page by clicking one of these buttons. Buttons like these are displayed in a number of places on our blog. In addition, the blog uses the Facebook Social Commenting plugin, which may also set these cookies if you view a blog post and/or decide to comment on a post using the Facebook comment box.
_twitter_sess k original_referer guest_id (etc)TwitterThese cookies are stored when you visit pages that contain ‘Tweet’ or ‘Follow’ buttons from Twitter, and/or if you decide to click on one of these buttons. Buttons like these are displayed in a number of places on our blog. Cookies may also be stored if you visit a page containing a ‘Recent Tweets’ feed, such as the homepage of our website, and on the right of our blog.
base_url viewing_screen_name can_edit jqLoading injectLoading (etc)TwylahThese cookies are stored when you visit our blog, which includes a box on the right that displays a list of Trending Tweets associated with our Twitter account. The functionality of this box is powered by a service from Twylah.
SID GoogleAccountsLocale_session GAPS GALX BEAT PREF (etc)Google+These cookies are stored when you visit pages that contain Google ‘+1’ buttons, and/or if you decide to click on one of these buttons. These buttons are displayed in a number of places, both on our website and our blog.More Info »
testCookie sessionId subscribe_on_post disqus_unique (etc)DisqusOur blog uses the commenting system powered by Disqus, which may set these cookies if you view a blog post and/or decide to comment on a post using the Disqus commenting functionality. Please note that Disqus also provides the ability to log in via your account with 3rd party services (such as Google, Twitter, Facebook, Yahoo!, and OpenId). These services may store additional cookies if you choose to use them to log in.
uid ssh sshs ssc __atuvc (etc)AddThisAddThis provides some social media buttons that are included upon pages on this site. By default our main website automatically prevents any cookies from being set by AddThis (and associated services) when you visit pages that contain these buttons. However, cookies may be set by AddThis and/or other services if you click on one of the AddThis buttons.
hide_cookies_messageGenerate UKThis cookie is stored to prevent the bottom left message about cookies from appearing again, once it has been viewed initially. The cookie is deleted automatically if you close your web browser, so the message will display again if the site is subsequently visited.

Targeting or Advertising Cookies.

These cookies are used to deliver adverts more relevant to you and your interests. 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. They remember that you have visited a website and this information is shared with other organisations such as advertisers. ‘Targeting or advertising’ cookies stored when a user visits this website or the blog:

Cookie Name:Set By:Purpose:More Info:
mc UID UIDR (etc)QuantcastThis cookie is stored if you visit and/or comment on one of our blog posts, which contains embedded commenting functionality provided by Disqus. Generate UK does not use this cookie in any way, however it could be used by Quantcast to collect statistics about the browser histories of users and provide targeted advertising based on this.


If you wish, you can set up your web browser (e.g. Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome etc) to prevent cookies from being stored when you visit a website. Depending on the browser you are using, you can choose just to prevent specific websites from setting cookies (e.g., or alternatively prevent all websites from storing cookies. You may also be able to control the types of cookies that can be stored, and delete any existing cookies that have been stored already. Please be aware that if you choose to do this, some functionality on this website and on the blog may not work as expected. Below are some links to pages containing information about how to manage cookies using your web browser:

  • Internet Explorer
  • Mozilla Firefox
  • Google Chrome
  • Apple Safari
  • Opera

In addition, if you wish to opt out of statistics being collected by Google Analytics, you can download a plugin provided by Google.

To opt out of cookies being set by third parties for online behavioural advertising, please visit Your Online Choices (UK). Please note that we do not have control over any cookies set by third-party services. Therefore the cookies stored by these services may vary from those shown above and may change over time. In addition, we may reference 3rd party images or other content on areas of our site; these 3rd parties might choose to store cookies when such content is loaded – again, this is something we have no control over.

If you would like to find out more about cookies set by 3rd party services and how to manage them, you are encouraged to view the privacy policies for those services.