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A cookie is a small file containing a string of characters that is sent to your computer when you visit a website. When you visit the website again, the cookie allows that site to recognize your browser. Cookies may store user preferences and other information.

Google Analytics uses first-party cookies to track visitor interactions. These cookies are used to store information, such as the time that the current visit occurred, whether the visitor has been to the site before and what site referred the visitor to the web page.

Multiple cookies may be found in a single file depending on which browser you use.  Cookies placed on user computers by the Waterfront Development include__utma, __utmb, __utmc, __utmz (all associated with Google Analytics).  These are unique identifiers given to each computer to allow traffic analysis to determine the number of unique visitors to various parts of Waterfront Development websites. Data is only used in aggregate.

For general information on what cookies are, and how to control them on your computer, see the Nova Scotia Government Cookies Information page, which applies to Waterfront Development websites.

Browsers do not share first-party cookies across domains and, therefore, Waterfront Development cannot ensure that any cookies resulting from visiting our website are removed from a users’ system after they exit the domain. Cookies are browser based only and users are able to either block cookies entirely or clear any cookies stored on browsers (i.e. Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Safari, etc.) in the specific browser’s preferences and settings.

Below is a list of the persistent cookies that Google Analytics often uses, what information they hold, and their purpose. For more information on Google Analytics’ use of cookies click here. 

Cookie Name Default Expiration Time Description
__utma 2 years from set/update Used to distinguish users and sessions. The cookie is created when the javascript library executes and no existing __utma cookies exists. The cookie is updated every time data is sent to Google Analytics.
__utmb 30 mins from set/update Used to determine new sessions/visits. The cookie is created when the javascript library executes and no existing __utmb cookies exists. The cookie is updated every time data is sent to Google Analytics.
__utmc End of browser session Not used in ga.js. Set for interoperability with urchin.js. Historically, this cookie operated in conjunction with the__utmb cookie to determine whether the user was in a new session/visit.
__utmz 6 months from set/update Stores the traffic source or campaign that explains how the user reached your site. The cookie is created when the javascript library executes and is updated every time data is sent to Google Analytics.
__utmv 2 years from set/update Used to store visitor-level custom variable data. This cookie is created when a developer uses the_setCustomVar method with a visitor level custom variable. This cookie was also used for the deprecated_setVar method. The cookie is updated every time data is sent to Google Analytics.