Cookie Policy

Whether your team is relying on the journalist database to engage with key media or reviewing your latest coverage in the press, the MyGorkana portal is delivering quality data, rich insights and time-saving tools day in and day out. In order to help deliver these things quickly and efficiently, the MyGorkana platform uses Cookies and other tools to give you the best experience possible. This document will provide you with information about the cookies we use on MyGorkana.com and also give you quick access to find out more information about Cookies.

In this document we will cover:

  • What a cookie is
  • Which cookies we use and how they are used
  • What to do if you don't want to allow cookies
  • Further information about cookies

What is a cookie?

A cookie is a small file placed onto your device that enables and enhances a website’s features and functionality. Cookies are used by providers for various purposes and some are created to last longer than others (for example some are cleared when your internet session has ended, and others are saved for a specific amount of time even if you close your session). In some cases cookies are used for authentication, security and to permit sensitive and/or relevant information to be displayed to the person accessing the website. In other cases cookies are used to improve user experience, speed up loading time of pages and give the website’s creator more information about how you’re using the features.

If you’re interested to find out more about the technical aspects of cookies, check out the Wikipedia page dedicated to this topic here.

What cookies we use on the MyGorkana platform:

Here is a list of the cookies we use on the MyGorkana platform, how long the cookies last and what the purpose of the cookie is.

1) Session cookie 1

  • a) Technical name: JSESSIONID, Coyote-2-c3f8514e
  • b) Duration: the cookie is cleared at the end of your browser session
  • c) Purpose: this cookie is used to promote security on our site and handle load balancing.

2) Session cookie 2
  • a) Technical name: authentication
  • b) Duration: 1 year
  • c) Purpose: We use this cookie to remember (previously) logged in user and enable auto login.

3) Usage tracking
  • a) Technical name: __utma, __utmb, __utmc, __utmt, __utmz
  • b) Duration: 1 day - 2 years
  • c) Purpose: These cookies are used to measure (with Google Analytics) how visitors use our site; how often, what kind of device, which pages are viewed, etcetera.

4) Portal user information
  • a) Technical name: portalUserId
  • b) Duration: the cookie is cleared at the end of your browser session
  • c) Purpose: this cookie is used by other linked Gorkana applications (e.g. Send Press Release, Media Requests) to communicate with Portal and send the user relevant information about their service

5) WalkMe training tool
  • a) Technical name: wm-*
  • b) Duration: 1-10 years
  • c) Purpose: third-party training tool WalkMe relies on this cookie to know if you’ve already a WalkMe pop-up message

6) Social media data
  • a) Technical names: connect.sid and keenEnabled
  • b) Duration: the cookie is cleared at the end of your browser session
  • c) Purpose: to authenticate the user and provide access to the relevant data on the Social Media pages

NLA authentication

It is worth noting that the MyGorkana portal has an integration point with the NLA, so that when viewing NLA coverage the NLA can authenticate the user (via a login page). This login page is hosted on MyGorkana but not owned by MyGorkana. The NLA themselves will store a cookie so that the NLA login is not prompted for again when the MyGorkana user views additional NLA content. As this is a third party cookie, it is not controlled by MyGorkana.

What do I do if I don't want to allow cookies?

Most browsers allow you to control cookies through the browser settings preferences.

For a detailed explanation of how to manage cookies using a variety of browsers, we recommend reviewing the comprehensive instructions on the AboutCookies.org website here.

Please keep in mind that in most cases blocking or removing cookies will mean that the MyGorkana platform will not perform optimally. As an example, if all cookies are removed and blocked the MyGorkana portal will not know and remember who you are, so you will be regularly prompted for login details. It may also fail to send you the relevant information pertaining to your preferences and user profile. Therefore, we strongly recommend allowing cookies for the MyGorkana platform.

Further information about cookies:

Wikipedia has a page dedicated to the topic of cookies here.

All About Cookies organisation: www.allaboutcookies.org

About Cookies organisation: www.aboutcookies.org