Cookies Policy

Welcome to The Great Courses Plus and to website (“Website”).   The Teaching Company Sales, LLC d/b/a The Great Courses (“The Great Courses”), its subsidiaries and affiliates value your participation and loyalty. We are committed to the protection of subscriber and customer privacy.

Our Website uses cookies for a variety of purposes, including to distinguish you from other users of our Website. They also help us to provide you with a good experience when you browse our Website and allow us to improve our Website and services.

When you first access the Website, you will receive a message advising you that cookies are in use. By proceeding to use our Website and our Service, you understand and acknowledge that we will use cookies described in this Cookies Policy. 

You do not have to accept our cookies and can block them by activating the setting on your browser that allows you to refuse all or some cookies. You may also delete them after they have been placed on your hard drive. You may also refuse cookies being set when a notice is displayed on the homepage of our Website asking you to consent to their use.  If you do not accept or delete our cookies, some areas of our Website that you access may take more time to work, or may not function properly. For more information about cookies, visit:

A cookie is a small file of letters and numbers that we store on your browser or the hard drive of your computer. Cookies collect information that is transferred from your browser or computer's hard drive to us.

We seek to use the following categories of cookies on the Website:

  • Strictly necessary cookies. These are cookies that are required for the operation of our Website. They include, for example, cookies that enable you to log into secure areas of our Website, use a shopping cart or make use of e-billing services.
  • Analytical/performance cookies. They allow us to recognise and count the number of visitors and to see how visitors move around our Website when they are using it. This helps us to improve the way our Website works, for example, by ensuring that users are finding what they are looking for easily.
  • Functionality cookies. These are used to recognise you when you return to our Website. This enables us to personalise our content for you, greet you by name and remember your preferences (for example, your choice of language or region).
  • Targeting cookies. These cookies record your visit to our Website, the pages you have visited and the links you have followed. We will use this information to make our website and the advertising displayed on it more relevant to your interests. We may also share this information with third parties for this purpose.
  • Third party cookies. Some advertising on the website is displayed on third party websites and put in place by a third party (an advertising agency for example). These third parties use their own cookies to analyse how many people have seen and/or clicked on an advertising banner. The cookies placed by third parties are based on the cookies policies of the companies which place them.

You can find more information about the individual cookies we use and the purposes for which we use them (first and third party) in the table below:

Cookies used by The Great Courses on The Great Courses Plus Website


First party cookies


Cookie From Cookie Name Purpose
Google Analytics _ga This helps us count how many people visit our Website by tracking if you’ve visited before
Google Analytics _gat Used to manage the rate at which page view requests are made
Google Analytics __utma Like _ga, this lets us know if you’ve visited before, so we can count how many of our visitors are new to the Website or to a certain page
Google Analytics __utmt Used to manage the rate at which page view requests are made
Google Analytics __utmb This works with _utmc to calculate the average length of time you spend on our Website.
Google Analytics __utmc This works with _utmb to calculate when you close your browser
Google Analytics __utmz This tells us how you reached our Website (for example from another website or a search engine)
Optimizely A/B testing optimizelyBuckets Stores page variations to ensure users get a consistent experience on the Website
Optimizely A/B testing optimizelyEndUserId Contains the unique identifier for users of our Website. Used by Optimizely to track information on a per user basis
Optimizely A/B testing optimizelyPendingLogEvents Records user activity
Optimizely A/B testing optimizelySegments Persists the visitor's Optimizely Classic segments: browser, campaign, mobile, source type, and any custom dimensions that you may have configured
Adobe Analytics s_cc Determines if JavaScript is enabled on the users machine
Adobe Analytics s_fid This cookie is used to identify a unique visitor if the standard s_vi cookie is unavailable due to third-party cookie restrictions
Adobe Analytics s_sq This cookie is set and read by the JavaScript code when the ClickMap functionality and the Activity Map functionality are enabled; it contains information about the previous link that was clicked on by the user
Adobe Analytics s_vi This cookie is used to identify a Unique Visitor ID/time/date stamp
TGCP Code UserID Unique User Identifier
Sailthru Email sailthru_hid Uniquely identifies known users in order to track their onsite activity
TGCP Code campaign_id Campaign value that drove user to site
TGCP Code cms.ab
TGCP Code plansLength The use of this cookie is, based on the number of plans pop-up modal style changes
viewlift_login_token This cookie is set by the backend, used for the single sign on. Currently, it is not being used anywhere in TGC


Third party cookies


Cookie From Cookie Name Purpose datr
These cookies allow our pages to be shared and liked on Facebook. Facebook may use these cookies to track how you use the internet across different websites. You can find out more about how Facebook uses your personal data on their Facebook Data Use Policy pages __utmb
These cookies are associated to the social media functions on the website. Linkedin is a social networking website for people in professional occupations. LinkedIn's Privacy Policy: _drt_ id Doubleclick is a subsidiary of Google and deals with tailored advertising that is designed to provide you with a selection of products based on what you're viewing on our website. These adverts are presented to you by, Doubleclick, when you visit other selected websites - the technology behind the ads is based on cookies Your privacy. For more information about the privacy policy of Doubleclick, please visit
Google Maps Cookies APISID
These cookies are installed by Google whenever you visit a page with an embedded Google Map, and are used by Google to track usage of their services. Please visit for more information bs_mop_u3s
MediaMath is a global provider of digital advertising media and data management technology. anj

sess uuid2 is run by AppNexus, a company that provides data and analytics helping businesses buy and sell online advertising d mc The website uses Quantcast, which sets up these Quantserve cookies to provide us with various website usage statistics. Quantcast is a behavioural advertising and audience research company For more information about Quantcast please see below: B This cookie allows content hosted on Flickr is a service provided by yahoo. The cookie collects anonymous data relating to user’s website visits, including number of visits, average time spent on site and loaded pages. The recorded data are used to classify the users interests and define demographic profiles in order to customize the website according to the visitor taboola_mk
Cookies used to collect data used for recommending relevant related content


Effective Date: May 2017