We use cookies on espc.com to help us improve your experience with our website. Cookies are small files stored on your computer which can be used to identify that you have previously visited our website or to store small pieces of information locally with you.

Last updated: 18th March 2022. 

What cookies are used on espc.com?

We set some cookies ourselves and when we show content or use features provided by other sites, they also have an opportunity to set cookies to help them show the most relevant content or track usage more accurately.

The cookies used at the time of writing are listed below, along with an explanation of what they are for. We do not guarantee that this list will not change in future as the cookies set by third parties may alter according to their needs.

Cookies in general browsing

As you navigate espc.com, we use a cookie to enable features such as "Recently viewed" and to ensure a smooth overall experience. The following cookies are set during most normal visits:

  • Name: .AspNet.ApplicationCookie
  • Stores account information for the duration of the session
  • Expires: when a user ends their session, unless 'Keep me signed in' is clicked then it is set to 5 days


  • Name: ab
  • A/B testing variant
  • Expires: less than two years


  • Name: cookie-policy
  • Stores information about cookie banner dismissal/acceptance
  • Expires: less than two years


  • Used when attempting to sign in using a Google account
  • Expires: unlimited


  • Used by the captcha on the sign in page
  • Expires: 183 days


  • Used by Google to store user preferences and information while viewing Google mapped pages
  • Expires: 2 years


Cookies from Facebook

These are all the cookies used by Facebook when or after attempting to sign in using a Facebook account to log in to My ESPC. 

  • fblo_*
  • Expires: 1 year


  • c_user
  • Expires: 1 year


  • datr
  • Expires: 2 years


  • fr
  • Expires: 3 months


  • oo
  • Expires: 5 years


  • presence
  • Expires: session


  • sb
  • Expires: 2 years


  • xs
  • Expires: 1 year


Cookies for recording web traffic

espc.com uses a tool from Google called Google Analytics to tell us about the way the site is being used. It uses cookies to distinguish a returning visitor from a new one, to tell how long people stay and how they navigate the site. We use this information to help find areas where the experience of using the site can be improved.

The cookies set by Google Analytics are as follows:

  • Name: __gads
  • Expires: 13 months


  • Name: _ga
  • Expires: 2 years


  • Name: _ga_*
  • Expires: 2 years


  • Name: _gat_UA-*
  • Expires: 1 hour


  • Name: _gat_gtag_UA_*
  • Expires: 1 minute


  • _gid
  • Used to distinguish users
  • Expires: 24 hours


More information can be found on this Google page describing the cookies used by Google Analytics.


Cookies for adverts

We have a number of ad spots on espc.com which are used to promote our products and services as well as those of our sponsors and partners. The adverts are managed by another Google tool called Doubleclick for Publishers. DFP uses cookies to track who has seen which adverts and to track how those adverts are performing.

The cookies set by Google DFP are as follows:

  • Name: _gcl_au
  • Expires: three months


  • Name: i1P_JAR
  • Used to deliver adverts more relevant to a user and their interests
  • Expires: 30 Days


  • DV
  • This cookie is associated with Google Universal Analytics and used to throttle the request rate – limiting the collection of data on high traffic sites. These cookies are used to gather website statistics, and track conversion rates.
  • Expires: 5 minutes


  • IDE
  • Used for serving targeted advertisements that are relevant to users across the web
  • Expires: 13 months


  • NID
  • Contains a unique ID Google uses to remember your preferences and other information
  • Expires: 6 months


  • OGPC
  • Used by Google to store user preferences and information while viewing Google mapped pages
  • Expires: 1 month


  • UULE
  • Advertising cookie used for user tracking and ad targeting purposes
  • Expires: 1 day


More information can be found in this Google article on how Google using cookies for advertising.



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How can I manage my Cookies?

If you wish to find out more about cookies and how to control them, this site provides some useful information: http://www.aboutcookies.org/