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What are cookies?

A cookie is a small text file that a website stores on your computer or mobile device when you visit the site. It enables the website to remember your actions and preferences (such as login, language, font size and other display preferences) over a period of time, so you don’t have to keep re-entering them whenever you come back to the site or browse from one page to another.

  • First-party cookies are cookies set by the website you’re visiting. Only that website can read them. In addition, a website might potentially use external services, which also set their own cookies, known as third-party cookies.
  • Persistent cookies are cookies that are saved on your computer and are not deleted automatically when you quit your browser, unlike a session cookie, which is deleted when you leave your browser.

Every time you visit websites of the Publications Office, you will be prompted to accept all or only essential cookies.

Cookies can also be used to establish anonymised statistics about the browsing experience on our sites. 

How do we use cookies?

Websites of the Publications Office mostly use ‘first-party cookies’. These are cookies set and controlled by the Publications Office, not by any external organisation.

However, to view some of our pages, you will have to accept cookies from external organisations.

You can delete or block these cookies, but if you do that some features of this site may not work as intended. These cookies are used to remember:

  • your display preferences, such as browsing language, contrast colour, font size, device used, search results preferences and notification preferences;
  • your latest visit to the website (for statistical purposes) and the three most recent pages visited (to help our helpdesk if you send a request);
  • if you have agreed (or not) to our use of cookies on this site.
Name Service Purpose Cookie type and duration
LFR_SESSION_STATE Cookie consent kit It contains the user's ID on the platform Technical session cookie. Expires once the session ends.
JSESSIONID Cookie consent kit It is used by sites written in JSP to maintain an anonymous user session by the server Technical session cookie. Expires once the session ends.
GUEST_LANGUAGE_ID Cookie consent kit It remembers the user's language preference Functional personalization cookie. Duration 1 year.
cck1 Cookie consent kit Stores your cookie preferences (so you won’t be asked again) First-party persistent cookie. Duration 6 months.
COOKIE SUPPORT Cookie consent kit It is used to know if the user admits cookies Technical cookie. Duration 1 year.
AUTH_TOKEN TED It is used to identify the current user First-party cookie deleted at the end of browser session.
SESS_TOKEN TED It is used to identify the current session First-party cookie deleted at the end of browser session.
_pk_ses Corporate web analytics service Shows an active session of the visitor Third-party cookie. Expires after 30 minutes.
_pk_id Corporate web analytics service Used to recognize visitors and hold their various properties  Third-party cookie. Expires after 13 months if user consents; expires after 30 minutes if user does not consent.
ppms_privacy Corporate web analytics service Stores visitor's consent to data collection and usage Third-party cookie. Expires after 365 days.
route TED Stores session stickiness First-party cookie. Expires after 2 days.
UAA_SESSION Identity Management Service Maintains a secure session during your visit First-party session cookie; expires once the session ends.
XSRF-TOKEN Identity Management Service Helps to secure your session during your visit First-party session cookie; expires once the session ends.


Third-party cookies

Some of our pages may display content from external providers, such as YouTube, Facebook and Twitter.

To view this third-party content, you first have to accept their specific terms and conditions. This includes their cookie policies, which we have no control over.

But if you do not view this content, no third-party cookies will be installed on your device.

Third-party providers on websites of the Publications Office

These third-party services are outside of the control of the Publications Office. Providers may, at any time, change their terms of service, purpose and use of cookies, etc.

Private data

The cookie-related information is not used to identify you personally and the pattern data is fully under our control. These cookies are not used for any purpose other than those described here.

How can you manage cookies?

You can manage/delete cookies as you wish — for details, see

Removing cookies from your device

You can delete all cookies that are already on your device by clearing the browsing history of your browser. This will remove all cookies from all websites you have visited.

Be aware though that you may also lose some saved information (e.g. saved login details, site preferences).

Managing site-specific cookies

For more detailed control over site-specific cookies, check the privacy and cookie settings in your preferred browser.

Blocking cookies

You can set most modern browsers to prevent any cookies being placed on your device, but you may then have to manually adjust some preferences every time you visit a site/page. And some services and functionalities may not work properly at all (e.g. logging in to your profile).

Please note that all the information regarding cookies above is equally applicable to the three other TED family sites, namely TED eNotices2, TED Developer Docs and TED Developer Portal.

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