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Cookie Notice


The purpose of this cookie notice (the “Cookie Notice”) is to inform you about the use of Cookies on the OCAS website (the “Website”), which may be installed on your device such as your computer, tablet or smartphone.

If you would like to deactivate certain Cookies, please consult How can I manage Cookies below.

For more information about how we handle your personal information, please consult our Privacy Policy.

1. What are Cookies?

We may collect certain types of information electronically when you interact with our Website through cookies and similar technologies.

We may use this information to allow the Website to authenticate you, to remember your preferences, to make this Website function correctly, to support website analytics and to deliver advertising about colleges. For example, we may use your location or language preference to auto-select features when you visit our Website. Technologies we use include:

  • Cookies, which are small text files that are saved on your computer when you visit a website, so that information can be saved between visits, such as your login credentials or language preferences.
  • Web beacons and single pixel gifs, which are small image files that collect information about you, such as your IP address, that can be downloaded when you visit a website. These tools may also allow our third-party tracking tools to gather information, such as your IP address, and provide this back to us in an anonymized aggregate form (i.e. in a manner where we cannot identify you). “Aggregate form” refers to a format of information where personal information is compiled and expressed in a summary form where no personal identifiers are included.

For ease of reference, we generally refer to those various technologies as “Cookies”.

You may delete or disable certain Cookies at any time via your browser. However, if you do so, you may not be able to use some of the features on our Website.  To learn more about the privacy choices available to you, please visit How can I manage Cookies below.

2. What types of Cookies might we use?

First Party Cookies. Our Website uses first party Cookies, which are specific to us. These Cookies enable us to operate an efficient service and to track patterns of user behavior to our Website.

Third Party Cookies. We also allow third parties to place Cookies on your device or browser. When we allow third parties to access our Website to place such Cookie, we do not retain control over the information collected by it. This information is controlled by that third party according to its privacy policy.

To disable Cookies, please consult How can I manage Cookies below.

The Cookies that we use on our Website are the following:

  • Necessary Cookies. These cookies are necessary for the Website to function and cannot be disabled in our systems. They are usually only set in response to actions made by you which amount to a request for services, such as setting your language preferences, logging in or filling in forms. You can set your browser to block or alert you about these cookies, but that will cause some parts of the Website to not work.

Name of Cookie

Function

First Party or Third Party

.AspNet.Cookies

An encrypted cookie generated by the login/authentication process that is used to correlate requests to a specific user account.

First party

.AspNetCore.Antiforgery.*

Stores a token generated by ASP.NET that is used to prevent Cross-Site Request Forgery (CSRF) attacks.

First party

.AspNetCore.Identity.Application

An encrypted cookie generated by the login/authentication process that is used to correlate requests to a specific user account.

First party

_GRECAPTCHA

Used by Google reCAPTCHA to provide spam protection.

Third party

ApplyApp*

An encrypted cookie generated by the login/authentication process that is used to correlate requests to a specific user account.

First party

ASP.NET_SessionId

Used to identify the users’ session on the server and store data in between requests.

First party

Idsrv.session

Used to identify the users’ session on the server and store data in between requests.

First party

locale

Remember the language the user was last using to browse the Website.

First party

OCAS

Remember the language the user was last using to browse the Website.

First party

OCAS_auth

Token generated as part of the authentication process.

First party

OCAS_id

Token generated as part of the authentication process.

First party

Ontario Colleges_Language

Remember the language the user was last using to browse the Website.

First party

privacy-*

Remember which version of the cookie policy was last accepted by the user.

First party

SameSite

Used to store a cookie configuration value depending on your browser’s capabilities.

First party

SupressAlertData*

Remember that the user has suppressed alerts.

First party

XSRF-TOKEN

Stores a token generated by ASP.NET that is used to prevent Cross-Site Request Forgery (CSRF) attacks.

First party

  • Performance Cookies.  We may use Google Analytics, a web analysis service of Google Inc. Google Analytics uses Cookies to analyze your use of our Website, create reports about visitor activities for us and to provide further services associated with the use of the Website and the internet. All information provided to us by Google is in aggregate form.

Name of cookie

Function

First party or Third Party

__cf_bm

Generated by Cloudflare to identify and mitigate automated traffic and protect sites from bad bots.

Third party

_ga_*

Used by Google Analytics to store and count pageviews.

First party

_gali

Used by Google Analytics to determine which links on a page that are being clicked.

First party

_gat_*

Used by Google Analytics to throttle request rate.

First party

_ga

Google Analytics registers a unique ID that is used to generate statistical data on how the visitor uses the Website.

First party

_gid

Google Analytics registers a unique ID that is used to generate statistical data on how the visitor uses the Website.

First party

1P_JAR

Used by Google to collect website statistics and track conversion rates.

Third party

ADRUM_BT*

Used by AppDynamics to track errors that users may receive and provide our technical teams with insight to make sure that we can improve your user experience.

Third party

ai_session

Registers a unique browser session ID that is used to monitor website performance.

First party

ai_user

Registers a unique ID that is used to generate statistical data on how the visitor uses the Website.

First party

  • Advertising cookies. We may use Cookies to help deliver advertising to people who have already visited the OCAS website.

Name of cookie

Function

First party or Third Party

_fqb

Set by Facebook. Used by some of our college partners in the branded apply experience. Stores and tracks user visits across websites.

Third party

DV

Set and used by Google for ad personalization

Third party

NID

Set and used by Google for ad personalization

Third party

3. How can I manage Cookies?

 You can disable, block, delete and manage Cookies in the internet browser on your device. These tools are generally available in the browser settings. You can also use the quick links below, based on the browser that you are using:

 Please note that disabling, blocking or deleting some Cookies may impair the functionality of certain features of our Website.

 If you would like to opt out of Google Analytics, please go to https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout?hl=en to download and install the Google Analytics Opt-out Browser Add-on. 

 There are other tools you can use to opt-out of the collection and use of information for ad targeting. For example, visit the Digital Advertising Alliance of Canada Consumer Choice website for more information and one such tool.

 For more information, please contact OCAS at 519.763.2363 or at privacyofficer@ocas.ca.

This Cookie Notice was last updated on: November 28, 2023