Gaia in the UK

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Privacy and cookies


As most of the web sites, this site automatically logs and analyses certain information about every request made of it. This information is used for system administration, for bug tracking, and for producing usage statistics. The logged information may be kept for up to two years. Log files do not capture personal information but do capture the user's IP address, which is automatically recognised by our web server. We also record usernames of logged in users.

We may collect and process the following data about you:

  • Information that you provide when registering with our website.
  • If you contact us, we may keep a record of that correspondence.


Gaia UK website will set cookies on your computer. We use cookies to provide functionality, handle logged in registered users and improve the performance of the website.

A cookie is a small amount of information stored by a website on visitor's computer or a device. The cookie is sent back to its website by the browser. You can use browser settings to control which websites are permitted to set cookies on your computer, as well as the type of cookies each website is allowed to set.

Managing and deleting cookies

Instructions for managing and deleting cookies for the users of:

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Types and categories of cookies

During your visit to our website three types of cookies may be stored on your device. They are:

  • Temporary (session) cookies, which are deleted after the visit.
  • Persistent cookies, which remain on your computer after the visit.
  • Third-party cookies - set by external websites, whose services we use.

Cookies can be divided into four categories:

  • Strictly necessary cookies. These cookies are essential in order to enable you to move around the website and use its features.
  • 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. All information these cookies collect is aggregated and cannot be used to identify a visitor. It is only used to improve how a website works.
  • 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. They may also be used to provide services you have asked for such as watching a video or commenting on a blog. These cookies 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

Cookies set by this website

If you are not registered with our website, we may set the cookies listed in the following table.

has_jsSessionStrictly necessaryThis cookie checks whether your browser has javascript enabled.
PersistentStrictly necessaryDrupal (, which is our content management system, sets these cookies to store user interface preferences.
cookie-agreed-enPersistentStrictly necessaryUsed by EU Cookie Compliance script to remember your choice.
__utmaPersistentPerformanceGoogle Analytics cookie. We use Google Analytics to monitor traffic levels and visits to our website. This information helps us to understand how visitors use the site and we use it to improve the service. Google Analytics stores IP address anonymously on its servers in the US, and neither this website nor Google associate your IP address with any personally identifiable information. These cookies enable Google to determine whether you are a return visitor to the site, and to track the pages that you visit during your session. For more information about Google Analytics and an overview of Google's privacy policy visit How Google uses data when you use our partners' sites or apps.
__utmbSessionPerformanceGoogle Analytics cookie.
__utmcExpires  30 minutes after the last requestPerformanceGoogle Analytics cookie.
__utmzPersistent (6 months)PerformanceGoogle Analytics cookie.
__utmvPersistentPerformanceGoogle Analytics cookie.

You can use Gogle Analytics Opt-out Browser Add-on to block Google Analytics cookies.

If you have registered with our website, we may set additional cookies. For example, we use session cookies to  track logged in users throughout their sessions. These cookies are strictly necessary.

Third-party cookies

Gaia UK website uses third-party services, for example we use  YouTube and Vimeo to host videos, Slideshare for hosting presentations, and Twitter widgets are embedded in some of our pages. Providers of these services may use their own cookies - please check the third-party websites for more information about their cookies and how to manage them.