Cookie Policy

Cookies are small text files used to transfer information and can be used on websites for functionality, analytics and advertising. On this website we primarily use cookies for functionality and analytics.

This cookie policy provides information about the different types of cookies that we use and their purpose. As part of our due diligence with respect to the GDPR legislation, Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh performed a detailed cookie audit to present you with full details about our use of cookies.

Types of Cookies

There are several different types of cookies, these different types are described below.

Essential Cookies

These are cookies which are essential for the running of our website. Without these cookies, parts of our website would not function. These cookies do not track where you have been on the internet and do not gather information about you that could be used for marketing purposes.

Functionality Cookies

Site functionality cookies allow you to navigate the site and use our features, such as playing video content or downloading our free tools or guides. When you return to the site we’ll also be able to remember your settings.

Analytics Performance Cookies

Analytics performance cookies are used to monitor the performance of our website, for example, to determine the number of page views and the number of unique users our website has.

Web analytics services may be designed and operated by third parties (i.e. Google Analytics). The information provided by these cookies allows us to analyse patterns of user behaviour and we use that information to enhance user experience or identify areas of the website which may require maintenance. The information is anonymous (i.e. it cannot be used to identify you and does not contain personal information such as your name and email address) and it is only used for statistical purposes.

Embedded Cookies

This website may embed content from external websites. When you visit a page with such content, you may be presented with cookies from these websites. Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh does not control these cookies and you should check the relevant third party’s website for more information.

Cookies used on this website

Below are detailed a list of the cookies used on this website, their origin and their purpose.

Cookie Tag Provider Type Expiry Purpose
laravel_session PastView Essential 1 hour Identifies return visits by device
XSRF-TOKEN PastView Essential 1 hour Helps with site security in preventing cross-site request forgery
cookieconsent_status PastView Functionality 6 months Records acknowledgement of our cookie notice
pv_loupe_enabled PastView Functionality 12 months Records preferences for PastView's book viewer
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Stripe Functionality 12 months Stripe is used to take card payments. Allows Stripe to remember who you are and Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh to take payments without storing your credit card information on its own servers.
_ga Google Analytics Analytics Performance 2 years This cookie is used to distinguish unique users by assigning a randomly generated number as a client identifier. It is included in each page request in a site and used to calculate visitor, session and campaign data for the sites analytics reports. It does not contain any user identification information.
_gat Google Analytics Analytics Performance 10 minutes Used to throttle request rate

How can you control cookie settings

You can block cookies by activating the setting on your browser which allows you to refuse the placement of all or some cookies. However, if you use your browser settings to block all cookies (including essential cookies) you may not be to access all or parts of our website. Unless you have adjusted your browser setting so that it will refuse cookies, our system will issue cookies as outlined by this policy. For instructions on how to switch on web browser cookie screening for all the major web browsers, please the relevant link below:

More information about cookies

For more information about cookies and how they work, please see AboutCookies.org.
If you have a specific query about the cookies used on this website, please contact privacy@past-view.com.


This policy was last updated on 1st August 2018