Cookie Policy

ECI’s Cookie Policy

General information

A cookie is a small piece of data stored in your web browser while you are browsing our website. When you browse our website again, the data stored in the cookie can be retrieved to notify us of your previous activity. Our cookies don’t store personal information such as your name or your address. We use cookies to enhance the functionality of the website by storing your preferences, for example. We also use cookies to improve the performance of our website and provide you with a better user experience.

Manage: If you wish to control which cookies are set on your device throughout the website, you can find out how to do this in the ‘Manage Cookies Manually’ section below.

More info: For further information about cookies and how to manage them visit

Which cookies do we use?

Cookie Consent: If you have chosen to consent to our use of cookies, as outlined on this page, then we place a cookie called CookieChoice on your computer.  This stores the word “Yes” and is set to expire approximately 20 years after you first give us your consent.

Analytics: We use Google Analytics, which creates a number of first-party cookies:
__ga: Registers a unique ID that is used to generate statistical data on how the visitor uses the website. Expires after 2 years.
__gat: Used by Google Analytics to throttle request rate. Expires after session.
__gid: Registers a unique ID that is used to generate statistical data on how the visitor uses the website. Expires after session.

We don’t believe that our use of Google Analytics is privacy-intrusive. We use the data that is collected in the following ways:

  • To report, in aggregate, how our visitors find and use our website;
  • To understand overall visitor behaviour;
  • To inform how we update and improve our website.

We do allow Google to use this data to collate and aggregate benchmarking data, which they provide to us, about similar websites in our industry.  To do this Google further anonymises the analytics data by removing all identifiable information about our website, and combines the data with hundreds of other anonymous sites in comparable industries.

We do share our aggregated analytics data with our member companies and the Copper Alliance members.

To opt out of our use of Google Analytics you may wish to consider using the Google Analytics Opt-out Browser Add-on.

Manage cookies manually

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Third-party cookies

Which cookies do we use?

In addition to our first-party cookies, you may be served one or more of the following third-party cookies during your visit to our website. You will only be served these cookies if you have indicated that you consent to our use of cookies.

Third party cookies are cookies created by an external service when you use a page on our website. These cookies are specific to the third-party’s domain and accordingly the data held in them can be seen and managed by the third party and not by us. We control whether or not we use the third-party service with our website, and how it is integrated and presented on our website. We do not have control over the cookies themselves.

  • We may use Google Maps, for example, to provide detailed information on how to locate our office. Google Maps stores up to four cookies: khcookie, NID, SNIDand PREF. We use Google’s interactive maps because we believe they are a helpful visual aid for visitors. We use the Google Maps tools on the basis that Google adheres to its privacy policy, which can be found at, and its terms of service for Google Maps
  • We may use YouTube to host video content. When you view a web page on our site with an embedded YouTube video, YouTube creates at least three cookies: VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE, use_hitbox, and PREF.  In some circumstances you may also find an additional GEO cookie. We use the YouTube service as a convenience for our visitors, and we use it on the basis that Google adheres to its privacy policy – see for more information.
  • YouTube video: We may periodically use the YouTube service to host video content, and embed YouTube’s player in our web pages to allow you to watch the video without leaving our website. YouTube’s embedded player currently creates and updates two Flash LSO objects from The LSOs are soundData (which appears to store volume setting preferences) and videostats (which appears to store performance-related information).  We have no direct control over YouTube’s use of the data stored in this object. For more information, please read YouTube’s privacy policy at
  • AddThis creates the following cookies during your visit on our website:
    • __atuvs/__atuvc: embedded to enable visitors to share content
    • loc: this is a geolocation cookie;
    • coyote-2-a0f0083: this is the load balancer cookie;
    • bt: a behavior targeting cookie;
    • ana_svc: a real-time service cookie;
    • phpbb3_* and style_cookie: these are set by our support forum software;
    • uid/uit: user id and login time tracking;
      psc: view counter cookie;
    • di/dt: date tracking cookies for determining expiration of other cookies;
    • ssh/sshs: service share history, used for configuring our preferred services.
    • bku;
    • mus;
    • na_tc;
    • ouid;
    • uvc.

Embedded content

We work with carefully selected suppliers who also use cookies on our website. These cookies enable certain features that run in conjunction with partners such as Facebook, Twitter & YouTube to function. We don’t control the setting of some of these cookies; for more information please visit the relevant third-party website.

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Sharing tools
The embedded ‘share’ buttons on our web pages enable you to easily share content with your connections through a number of social networks. When you click one of these buttons, a cookie may be set by the service you have chosen to share content through. We do not control the dissemination of these cookies.

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