Use of Cookies by Firecast

Introduction to Cookies

Cookies are small text files that are placed on your computer by websites that you visit. They are widely used in order to make websites work, or work more efficiently, as well as to provide information to the owners of the site.

Essential Cookies are used purely to allow the site to function and have optimium performance. E.g. A session cookie to maintain state across the site and allow a login system to work or a temporary cookie to stop injection attacks through forms.

Non-essential cookies are not necessarily bad. They could help performance or remember choices to enhance functionality. The least desirable types would be cookies set by and for third party products and services or for advertising purposes. Again these are not a major problem unless personal data is being collected to be used or sold on.

What Cookies are used on the Firecast site?

Firecast currently only uses Essential Cookies that we set ourselves to allow the forms on the site to be as secure as possible as well as basic Google Analytics which collect data anonymously and can be used to improve the site.

The table below explains the cookies we use and why:

Table 1: Cookies used on the site
Cookie Name Purpose More information
Google Analytics _utma
These cookies are used to collect information about how visitors use our site. We use the information to compile reports and to help us improve the site. The cookies collect information in an anonymous form, including the number of visitors to the site, where visitors have come to the site from and the pages they visited. Click here for an overview of privacy at Google
General Cookies Firecast Cookies These cookies are used to help the site, i.e., to remember when a contact form is submitted to stop injection attacks on the site. Temporary Cookie lasting for 60 seconds.

Most web browsers allow some control of most cookies through the browser settings. To find out more about cookies, including how to see what cookies have been set and how to manage and delete them, visit

To opt out of being tracked by Google Analytics across all websites visit

The Information Commissioner's Office(ICO) gives more information and guidance on cookies: Click here

Firecast Cookie Guide

To see our Cookie Guide and find out about cookies in greater detail: Click here