About cookies

A cookie is a small text file that is placed on your computer, mobile or other device when you visit a website. Cookies collect data which then allows a website to perform certain actions; from recognising your device, through to tracking your preferences. 

The MDU website uses two types of cookies:  

  • 'Session' cookies, which are temporary cookies that expire at the end of a browser session (meaning that they are only stored on your device from when you open the browser window to when you exit the browser); and 
  • 'Persistent' cookies, which are stored and remain on your device in between browser sessions. They allow us to remember your preferences or actions when you re-visit the MDU website.

Some of the cookies we use are essential for our website to work. We also use some non-essential cookies for the purposes of compiling reports and to help us improve the MDU website. When cookies used on the MDU website collect personal data, that data will be handled in accordance with our privacy policy.   

Some cookies used on our website are placed on your device by third parties. Those are called third party cookies. For example third party cookies are used on our website by Share this – a company that allows users to login to their social networking sites to share a chosen page.     

The table below explains the exact cookies we use and why.

Cookie Name Purpose
Website functionality ASP.NET_SessionID This cookie is essential for the customised aspect of the MDU website to operate. It is set only for those users that have selected a customisation. This cookie is deleted when you close your browser. Visit the Microsoft website for more information on this cookie.
Analytics SC_ANALYTICS_GLOBAL_COOKIE This cookie is used to identify repeat visits from a single user. The cookie expires one year after the last time you visit the site from your browser.
  SC_ANALYTICS_SESSION_COOKIE This cookie is used to identify a sequence of HTTP requests from a single user. This cookie expires when you close your browser.
  visid_incap_32163 The MDU uses a third-party service to filter out malicious requests. The MDU site places this cookie on your device which expires after two years.
  incap_ses_86_32163 This cookie is used to remember visitor session across the virtual firewall/CDN. This cookie expires at the end of your session.
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These cookies are used to collect data about how visitors use our site. We use the data to compile reports and to help us improve the site. The cookies mostly collect anonymous data although Google do use the IP address but this is not shared with the MDU. Example data we collect includes the number of visitors to the site, where visitors have come to the site from and the pages they visited. Click here for an overview of privacy at Google.
Google demographics and interest reporting   We use Google Analytics demographics and interest reporting to help understand the demographics of visitors and give you a better experience. This is anonymous.

If you don't want us to use your information in this way you can use Google's Ad Settings and Google's Browser add-on to opt out.



These cookies provide an overview of the website pages you have visited on our site to our adviser before starting a webchat, to help them assist you as quickly as possible. They expire after one hour.









The cookies may be triggered once a webchat has started, along with further cookies depending on how our adviser helps you. These ensure your webchat can continue across pages and is required for security reasons. They expire after one year, since it is used to identify 'returning' visitors, providing advisers with context of previous interactions.
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These cookies are placed on the MDU website by third parties and are used to allow users to login to their social networking sites to share a chosen MDU page. The cookie remains after your browser is closed. Click here for more information on ShareThis cookies.

Most web browsers allow you to manage cookies. You can choose to accept or reject all cookies, or just specific types of cookies. For more information about managing cookies on your device you can visit www.allaboutcookies.org

What happens if I choose to reject  cookies?

The website will still be available to you, but we won't be able to tailor it to you so you could miss out on the content that's most relevant to you such as specialty specific information.

Session cookies are also used to control the log in to some of our services such as My membership. If you have declined these cookies then this kind of service will not be available to you. 

If you decline cookies then we won't be able to count your site usage in the statistics that we gather about use of the site which helps us to improve our services.

Date last reviewed June 2019