What is a cookie?

A cookie is a small piece of data in the form of a text file that may be stored on your computer or mobile device having visited a website. It allows a website “remember” your actions or preferences over a length of time.

More detailed information on cookies can be found here


How Cookies are used on this website

There are two main categories of cookie…

  1. Session cookies: are temporary cookies that are not stored on your computer or mobile device. These session cookies are erased when you close your browser, or after 20 minutes of inactivity.
  2. Persistent cookies: are cookies placed on your computer or mobile device for a pre-determined length of time when you visit this site. may use Google Analytics to assist in managing our website to ensure we provide relevant information in an easily accessible format and as a tool to give our members/visitors best service.

Below is a list of cookies that we use (viewed 10 April 2018 at 12:02 hrs):

Cookie Name Expiration Cookie Descriptor
APISID 2 yr Google maps. Used by Google to store user preferences and information of Google maps
CONSENT 21 yr Google maps.
HSID 2 yr Used by Google to store user preferences and information of Google maps
SSID 2 yr Used by Google to store user preferences and information of Google maps
DV Close of session Google analytics
_unam 9 months Analytics. Monitors “click-stream” activity, e.g. web



12 months Analytics. Used to distinguish users and sessions.
_utmb 30mins Analytics. Used to determine new sessions/visits.
_utmc Close of session Analytics. To determine whether the user was in a new session/visit.
_utmt 10 mins Analytics. Used to throttle request rate
_utmv 6 months Analytics. Used to store visitor-level custom variable data.
_utmz 6 months Analytics. Stores the traffic source or campaign that explains how the user reached your site.
PHPSESSID Close of session Login functionality


What Personal Data is collected by using this website?

This website will collect the IP address of visitors. While SF Engineering cannot identify an individual by an IP address (an identifier number assigned to each computer and other device) that same information may be passed on to the competent Authority so they make take the necessary steps to obtain information from the relevant ISP to identify an individual if they consider initiating criminal prosecutions as a result of a cyber-attack against this site.


Managing/Removing Your Cookies

To control the cookies from/on your computer or mobile device, please see the attached links for the most common web browsers in use. Note: Third Party Cookies may be set when using hyperlinks to another website. Note: The links below take you to external websites.

To provide our website users with the option of excluding their data from being used by Google Analytics, please click the Google Analytics opt-out browser add-on for the Google Analytics JavaScript here.

To view Google analytics data privacy and security analytics information click HERE

You may also wish block web beacons, cookies, and similar technologies through software products such as:

SF Engineering welcomes objective feedback in respect of this Cookie Policy. NOTE: This Cookie Policy is reviewed regularly and forms part of our overall Privacy Notice suite.