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Cookies in use on this site
_gaGoogle Universal AnalyticsThis helps us count how many people visit the site by tracking if you've visited before
_gatGoogle Universal AnalyticsUsed to manage the rate at which page view requests are made
_utmaGoogle AnalyticsLike _ga, this lets us know if you’ve visited before, so we can count how many of our visitors are new to the site or to a certain page
_utmbGoogle AnalyticsThis works with _utmc to calculate the average length of time you spend on the site
_utmcGoogle AnalyticsThis works with _utmb to calculate when you close your browser
_utmzGoogle AnalyticsThis tells us how you reached the site (eg from another website or a search engine)
ai_authUserApplication InsightsThis helps us to proactively analyse the performance of the site and its infrastructure
ai_sessionApplication InsightsThis helps us to proactively analyse the performance of the site and its infrastructure
ai_userApplication InsightsThis helps us to proactively analyse the performance of the site and its infrastructure
ASP.NET_SessionIdMarketplace PlatformThis let's us identify and distinguish your session and is required to run the marketplace platform
.ASPXAUTHMarketplace PlatformThis keeps you logged in during each session
__AntiXsrfTokenMarketplace PlatformThis protects you and the marketplace from fake requests from other websites


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