Cookies - Slimming World

Cookies

Our eating plan is so generous that we have cookies too! (here's a recipe if you'd like to try them!) And here's information about cookies of the less edible kind…

Our 'cookie' policy

Recently, a piece of legislation has come into force, requiring all websites to let you know when 'cookies' are being placed on your PC and/or to give you the option to decline them.

What's a cookie?

Web pages have no memory and can't easily pass information between each other. Cookies were created to overcome this, providing a 'memory' for sites allowing information to be passed between pages and sometimes even sites.

When you visit www.slimmingworld.com or use our website to log in to Lifeline Online or Slimming World Online, we use cookies to store a little bit of information about you while you're using the website or, in some instances, to make your next visit even easier for you.

We use this information to help your visit go without a hitch, for example:

  • If you tick the box "Remember my username" when you log in to the website, we'll place a cookie on your computer so that you don't have to enter your username again each time you come back.
  • And, if you've signed up for our free seven day eating plan we'll use a cookie to remember that you signed up so we don't have to ask you again every time you want to view the menu.
  • Remembering which page you were previously looking at if your connection times out.

Also, we want to offer you the best possible service online, so we use cookies to collect anonymous information about how visitors use our website. What features they read, if our forms are easy-to-complete and what time of day do they like to come and see us. None of this information is linked to your details as a member and none of it contains any personal information, not even your name. We just want to make sure we look after you.

If you're a member of Slimming World Online or a Slimming World group and you use Lifeline Online, we need to use a cookie to remember that you logged in - otherwise you wouldn't see any member-only pages.

So you see, we only cookies them to make our website more friendly and helpful. If you're still not sure what cookies are or how we use them then more details can be found in our Privacy Policy or you can visit: www.aboutcookies.org.

Here's a nifty list of the cookies we use on the Slimming World website - and how long they're stored on your PC for.

Cookies used on www.slimmingworld.com:

7 day menu promotion

When visitors reach this page, they're asked to enter their e-mail address and which menu they'd prefer. The cookie remembers this preference so that you're not asked each time you visit the page.

Name Typical Content Expires
welcome2012 A number that represents which menu has been selected for the visitor. 6 months

YouTube cookies

We use You Tube to host our inspirational videos. When you watch video clips from YouTube on our website, YouTube creates some third party cookies.

Name Typical Content Expires
VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE A number that represents which menu has been selected for the visitor. 101 days
PREF A series of letters, numbers and symbols. 101 days
use_hitbox A random sequence of numbers and letters. When the browser is closed

Session identification

When visiting the public website we use cookies to identify your visit, so we can see which pages you've visited and how long you've spent on the site. These don't remember any personal details about you. These cookies only last as long as your visit to the website.

Name Typical Content Expires
memberid A unique identifier. When the browser is closed
ASP.NET_SessionId A seemingly random sequence of letters and numbers, which represents the logged in user's session. When the browser is closed

Scalable Inman Flash Replacement

To help our pages look as beautiful as possible, we use this method of inserting fonts into our web pages without sacrificing accessibility or search engine friendliness. These cookies only last as long as your visit to the website.

Name Typical Content Expires
sifrFetch Set to true. When the browser is closed

Measuring Website Usage

We use Google Analytics to build up information about how people use our website. We do this to make sure we meet your needs and to understand how we could do it better. Google Analytics stores information about how visitors arrive, what pages are visited, for how long, and what they click on.

Name Typical Content Expires
__utma A randomly generated number. 2 years
__utmb A randomly generated number. 30 minutes
__utmc A randomly generated number. When the browser is closed
__utmx A randomly generated number. 2 years
__utmxx A randomly generated number. 2 years
__utmz A randomly generated number and information on how the site was reached. 6 months

"Remember me"

For members logging on via the public website, we ask if you'd like us to remember your username. If you select yes, we use a cookie to store the e-mail address of your most recent, successful log-in. Unselecting the option will remove the cookie on a successful login, if it already exists.

Name Typical Content Expires
SlimmingWorld The username of the last successful log in (username is the registered email address). 1 year

Registration process

We work with an advertising company to encourage people who don't yet know Slimming World to visit our website. Cookies help us understand how well our campaigns have done. We don't put Cookies on your PC that then mean you're bombarded with Slimming World adverts when you visit other websites - that's a promise!

Name Typical Content Expires
Svid A large number. 3 years
S A hyphenated sequence of numbers and lower case letters. 2 years

Third-party cookies

If you share Slimming World pages on Facebook or other social websites you may be sent cookies from those websites.

We don't control the setting of these cookies, so please check these websites' cookies and privacy policies for information about what they do.

Cookies used on LifelineOnline:

Logging in

After successfully logging in to the website, a number of cookies are stored on your computer so we know you're an active member.

Name Typical Content Expires
Memberid A unique identifier. When the browser is closed
SlimmingWorldReviewer Records if the logged in user is a reviewer member. Expires
ASP.NET_SessionId A seemingly random sequence of letters and numbers, which represents the logged in user's session. When the browser is closed
.ASPXAUTH A number that represents which menu has been selected for the visitor. Expires
.ASPXROLES A sequence of numbers and upper and lower case letters. When the browser is closed

Weigh-in

To keep our short motivational message feeling fresh and vibrant for our members following weigh-in we record in a cookie the most recently displayed message.

Name Typical Content Expires
group_lost A number. 3 months

Measuring Website Usage

We use Google Analytics to build up information about how people use our website. We do this to make sure we meet your needs and to understand how we could do it better. Google Analytics stores information about how visitors arrive, what pages are visited, for how long, and what they click on.

Name Typical Content Expires
__utma A randomly generated number. 2 years
__utmb A randomly generated number. 30 minutes
__utmc A randomly generated number. When the browser is closed
__utmx A randomly generated number. 2 years
__utmxx A randomly generated number. 2 years
__utmz A randomly generated number and information on how the site was reached. 6 months

Cookies used by Slimming World Online:

Registration

When registering for the web site, a cookie is stored to record that you're currently registering, and that we've stored your details securely on our servers. If you don't complete your registration in one visit, the website will then detect this cookie and try to automatically restore your browser to your previous point in the registration process.

Name Typical Content Expires
SlimmingWorld.Register.Attempt "true" 1 day

Logging In

After successfully logging in to the website, a number of cookies are stored on your computer so we know you're an active member.

Name Typical Content Expires
Memberid A unique identifier. When the browser is closed
SlimmingWorldReviewer Records if the logged in user is a reviewer member.
ASP.NET_SessionId A seemingly random sequence of letters and numbers, which represents the logged in user's session. When the browser is closed
.ASPXAUTH A long sequence of letters and numbers. When you close your browser, or log out.
.ASPXROLES A sequence of numbers and upper and lower case letters. When you close your browser, or log out.

Measuring Website Usage

We use Google Analytics to build up information about how people use our website. We do this to make sure we meet your needs and to understand how we could do it better. Google Analytics stores information about how visitors arrive, what pages are visited, for how long, and what they click on.

Name Typical Content Expires
__utma A randomly generated number. 2 years
__utmb A randomly generated number. 30 minutes
__utmc A randomly generated number. When the browser is closed
__utmx A randomly generated number. 2 years
__utmxx A randomly generated number. 2 years
__utmz A randomly generated number and information on how the site was reached. 6 months

Food Diary

The Food Diary stores some cookies to remember which choice of eating plan you're currently enjoying. The cookies don't contain any personal information, but their names are suffixed so we can differentiate between different members using the same computer.

Name Typical Content Expires
FoodDiaryDate(...) The currently selected diary date. When the browser is closed
FoodDiaryDay(...) A number that represents the chosen plan for the selected diary date. When the browser is closed
FoodDiaryType(...) A number that represents the type of chosen plan for the selected diary date. When the browser is closed

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