Cookie policy

What are cookies?

Cookies are small, text-only strings of data which store information on the hard drive of your local computer or mobile device when you visit some websites.

How long do cookies last?

Cookies last for different lengths of time depending on what they are used for.

  • Session cookies are temporary cookies and are only stored until you leave the website or when you close your web browser.
  • Persistent cookies last for a fixed period of time, defined within the cookie, and allow the website to recognise the device again when the user returns to that website on that device.

These cookies do not contain any personal data about you individually. They are there to provide you with better information tailored to your individual needs. Most internet browsers are pre-set to accept cookies but if you prefer not to receive cookies, you can adjust your browser to refuse cookies, or to warn you when they are being used.

Cookies used on the James Lind Alliance website

When you first visit the JLA website we highlight that the site makes use of cookies by displaying a pop-up banner.  When you close the banner you are accepting this and a cookie is stored on your computer or other device to record that you have seen it, and to prevent it from displaying next time you visit the site.  This does not collect or disclose any personal information.

Cookies used by third parties to provide services to visitors on the James Lind Alliance website

We make use of a number of third-party services to provide functionality to our visitors, and to help us understand the performance of the JLA website.  

When you interact with social media 'plugins' (i.e. Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn buttons) they become active, at which point a cookie is transmitted to your device.  They remain active until you deactivate them, or remove the cookie from your device.  While active, the social media network can retrieve data about your online behaviour whether you continue to interact with the button or not.  If you are logged into your social media account when the social media button is activated, it is possible for your visit to the JLA website to be linked to your account.  As we cannot directly control the way these cookies are used, you should visit the cookies or privacy policy information pages on each of the social media websites for the latest information.

When the Twitter 'widget' or news feed loads, log data is sent to Twitter which includes the page visited and a cookie which identifies your browser, but not personally identifiable information. For more information visit

Site usage is monitored through Google Analytics and/or Crazy Egg.  The information we receive does not include any personally identifiable information.