Cookies Policy

Last updated August 04, 2019

I. Introduction

This document is intended to inform you about our “Cookies Policy” applicable to all visitors of LSE Play Dashboard, a web page accessible at https://www.lseplay.com, hereinafter referred to as the “Site”, “LSE Play”, “services”, “we”, “us”, “our”, in compliance with the legal provisions on personal data in force, such as EU Regulation 2016/679 (“GDPR”).


II. Standard Definition

A “cookie” refers to certain modules and similar technologies through which information can be collected and stored on the web. An “Internet Cookie” (also known as “HTTP cookie”, “browser cookie” or simply “cookie”) is a small text file that contains alphanumerical data and is stored in the memory of computers, smartphones and other Internet-enabled devices. A cookie has two components: the name and the content. Cookies are installed (set) through instructions sent by a web server to a web browser (the application used to access a web site, such as Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Safari, Opera or Microsoft Edge) or by using a client-side scripting language (such as Javascript). Cookies are “passive” by nature, meaning they cannot contain software applications, cannot contain malware and cannot themselves access information from the device they are stored on. By design, cookies can only be accessed by the same web site that installed them, whenever the user returns to that web site.


III. Usage Purpose And Lifetime

Cookies are used to improve the user experience of the website, optimise user browsing, adapt some features to the preferences of each individual user, and ensure a smooth operation of our services, such as:

  • registering a user account;
  • saving preferences;
  • securing transactions (such as XSRF tokens to ensure valid requests);
  • anonymous web traffic statistics to the Site (this allows us to see how we are doing and which areas of the Site can be improved);
  • delivery of online advertisements.

Cookies lifetime can vary depending on their purpose and based on lifetime, they fall in one of two categories:

  • session cookies: stored temporary while client (browser) is still open and deleted automatically when the web browser is closed;
  • persistent cookies: stored on the user’s device until a specific time (which can be minutes, days, or years in the future) or until deleted manually through web browser settings or specialized computer software.


IV. Types Of Cookies Used On LSE Play

Strictly necessary cookies: used to enable core web site functionality and store user preferences (such as user session or XSRF tokens)
Performance cookies: used to facilitate usage statistics, including web traffic statistics
Authentication cookies: used to allow registration of accounts as well as authentication (log in) to those accounts
Advertising cookies: used to allow statistics on the performance of advertisements as well as target advertisements based on user interests (cookies installed by third-party services such as Google Adsense)


V. Explicit List Of Cookies Used By LSE Play Dashboard

V.1. First-party cookies (cookies used directly by our Site):

  • lseplay_session:
    • used for both visitors and authenticated users in session handling;
    • lifetime: session cookie;
  • XSRF_TOKEN:
    • included with each response generated by our Site to provide protection from cross-site-request-forgery attacks;
    • lifetime: session cookie;
  • remember_{token}:
    • used for remembering authenticated users;
    • lifetime: persistent cookie (5 years)

V.2. Third-party cookies (cookies used by third-party services):

  • __cfduid:
    • helps in detecting malicious visitors to our Site
    • set by Cloudflare
    • more details here
  • _ga:
    • used to count sessions and unique users in web traffic statistics
    • set by Google Analytics
    • more details here
  • _gid:
    • used to count sessions and unique users in web traffic statistics and
    • set by Google Analytics
    • more details here
  • _gat:
    • cookie for regularization (throttle requests)
    • set by Google Analytics
    • more details here
  • __gads or __gac:
    • cookie for regularization (throttle, rate limiting, performance)
    • set by Google Adsense
    • more details here


VI. Cookies Management Definitions

Disabling cookies makes our services harder to use. Some features will be degraded and others will not work at all (it is impossible to register or log in without cookies). This way, using our community feature, posting, replying, managing players accounts and other utilities will not be available. In addition, users may configure their web browser to reject (or accept) cookies sent by specific sites on their behalf.
All modern browsers offer this functionality, which can be accessed through the “options”, “settings” or “preferences” menu. Disabling cookies will not stop advertisements from being show, but it might make them less relevant to your interests.