Cookie Policy

When we provide services, we want to make them easy, useful and reliable. Where services are delivered on the internet, this sometimes involves placing small amounts of information on your device, for example, computer or mobile phone. These include small files known as cookies. They cannot be used to identify you personally.

These pieces of information are used to improve services for you through, for example:

  • enabling a service to recognise your device so you don't have to give the same information several times during one task
  • recognising that you may already have given a username and password so you don't need to do it for every web page requested
  • measuring how many people are using services, so they can be made easier to use and there's enough capacity
  • analysing anonymised data to help us understand how people interact with my service so we can make it better

You can manage these small files and learn more about them from the article, Internet Browser cookies- what they are and how to manage them at http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/SiteInformation/D G_197506?CID=Central&PLA=url_mon&CRE=managing_cookies

If you'd like to learn how to remove cookies set on your device, visit: http://www.aboutcookies.org/Default.aspx?page=1

Cookies Set By This Website

Name: ASP.NET_SessionID
Typical content: randomly generated number
Expires: on exiting the browser

Cookies Set By Third Parties

Google Analytics sets cookies to help us accurately estimate the number of visitors to the website and volumes of usage.

Name: _utma
Typical content: randomly generated number
Expires: 2 years

Name: _utmb
Typical content: randomly generated number
Expires: 30 minutes

Name: _utmc
Typical content: randomly generated number
Expires: when user exits browser

Name: _utmz
Typical content: randomly generated number + info on how the site was reached (e.g. directly or via a link, organic search or paid search)
Expires: 6 months

You can find more information about the Google privacy policy here: http://www.google.com/intl/en_uk/policies/privacy/. To opt out of being tracked by Google Analytics across all websites visit http://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout.

Google Maps: when a Google map is embedded in a page the following cookies are set:

Name: PREF
Typical content: randomly generated number
Expires: 2 years

Name: NID
Typical content: randomly generated number
Expires: 6 months

You can find more information about the Google privacy policy here: http://www.google.com/intl/en_uk/policies/privacy/

Twitter: when a Twitter feed is embedded in a page the following cookies are set:

Name: k
Typical content: IP address and randomly generated number
Expires: 7 days

Name: guest_id
Typical content: randomly generated number
Expires: 2 years

You can find out more information about the Twitter privacy policy here: http://twitter.com/privacy

Youtube: when a Youtube video is embedded in a page the following cookies are set:

Name: VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE
Typical content: randomly generated number
Expires: 9 months

Name: PREF
Typical content: randomly generated number
Expires: 10 years

You can find more information about the Youtube privacy policy here: http://www.google.com/intl/en_uk/policies/privacy/

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