Cookies are small files that allow a website to recognise and track users.

At ELE International, we want to keep you up to date with our current cookies practice so that you can be better informed about the cookies that operate on our website, on your browser.

The ICO (Information Commissioner's Office) groups cookies into the following three overlapping groups:

Session cookies

Files that allow a site to link the actions of a visitor during a single browser session. These might be used by an internet bank or webmail service. They are not stored long term and are considered “less privacy intrusive” than persistent cookies.

Persistent cookies

These remain on the user’s device between sessions and allow one or several sites to remember details about the visitor. They may be used by marketers to target advertising or to avoid the user having to provide a password each visit.

First and third-party cookies

A cookie is classed as being first-party if it is set by the site being visited. It might be used to study how people navigate a site.

It is classed as third-party if it is issued by a different server to that of the domain being visited. It could be used to trigger a banner advert based on the visitor’s viewing habits.

Information referenced from BBC News, more can be read on this at

 Please find below a table containing the cookies that operate on our website in addition to their purpose.

Type Cookie Name Expiration Purpose
Essential Cookies ci_session ci_session 2 years Cookie normally associated with the CodeIgniter framework for building PHP based applications. Usually used to maintain a user state during a browser session for consistancy of user experience. By default the cookie is destroyed when the browser session ends, in which case it can be Strictly Necessary.
Essential Cookies Cookie Preference Accepted LeanCMSV1CookieCompliancyAccepted 365 days

Cookie used to identify your acceptance to our site use of cookies.


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Essential Cookies Cookie Preference Declined LeanCMSV1CookieCompliancyDeclined 30 days

Cookie used to identify your refusal to our site use of cookies - apart from essential and analytics cookies.


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Essential Cookies Google ReCaptcha 1P_JAR
2 years In order to protect the input forms on our website, we utilise the "reCAPTCHA" service from the company Google Inc., 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043 United States, hereafter also referred to as "Google". With this service, we can differentiate between information that has been entered into a form by a human and information that has been entered by an automated machine. The use of automated information entry constitutes misuse. To the best of our knowledge, the referrer URL, the IP address, the behaviour of website visitors, information about the operating system, browser and length of the visit, cookies, display instructions and scripts, the inputting behaviour of the user as well as the mouse movements in the reCAPTCHA checkbox area are transmitted to Google.


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Analytics Cookies Google Analytics _ga
2 years

These cookies are used to collect information about how visitors use our website. We use the information to compile reports and to help us improve the website. The cookies collect information in a way that does not directly identify anyone, including the number of visitors to the website, where visitors have come to the website from and the pages they visited.


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Third Party Cookies Share This st_samesite
1 year

This cookie gathers information regarding the browsing and sharing activities of internet users that utilise the social media sharing functionality on this site. For more information on Sharethis' privacy policy, visit their site:

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