Privacy and cookies

What are cookies?

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 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 to ensure they are fast
  • analysing anonymised data to help us understand how people interact with government services so we can make them better

If you'd like to learn how to remove cookies set on your device, visit: allaboutcookies.org

Cookies used on this website

TypeDescriptionDetails
Session CookiesUsed by drupal to make the website function correctlyExpiry: Session
JS CookieUsed by Drupal to indicate whether or not the visitors browser has JavaScript enabled to make the website function correctlyCookieID: has_js
Host:
Coverage: All Pages
Expiry: Session
High Availablity: Website Load BalancerCreated, updated and used exclusively by the Load Balancers to associate a browser session with a particular web server in the cluster. Contains an internal identifier of the server handling the user. There is absolutely no identifiable information. Blocking this cookie will have no effect on anonymous users, but helps maintain cache consistency when an editor is logged into the site.CookieID:
Host:
Coverage: All pages
Expiry: Session
Compliance CookieUssed to record whether or not visitors have seen a message about cookies being used on the site, as part of compliance with EU cookie laws.CookieID: civicCookieControl
Host:
Coverage: All Pages
Expiry: 90 days
Anonymous Google Analytics CookiesGoogle Analytics sets and uses the 4 cookies listed here. User data collected is all anonymous.CookieID: __utma
Name: Google Analytics
Host:
Coverage: All Pages
Expiry: 2 years
CookieID: __utmb
Name: Google Analytics
Host:
Coverage: All Pages
Expiry: 30 min
CookieID: __utmc
Name: Google Analytics
Host:
Coverage: All Pages
Expiry: At End Of Session
CookieID: __utmz
Name: Google Analytics
Host:
Coverage: All Pages
Expiry: 6 months
Anonymous YouTube CookiesSet when playing embedded video from youtubeCookieID: YSC
Name: Youtube cookie
Host: .youtube.com
Coverage: Any Page with embedded youtube video
Expiry: At end of session (HttpOnly)
CookieID: VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE
Name: Youtube cookie
Host: .youtube.com
Coverage: Any Page with embedded youtube video
Expiry: 8 Months
CookieID: PREF
Name: Youtube cookie
Host: .youtube.com
Coverage: Any Page with embedded youtube video
Expiry: 2 years
CookieID: GEUP
Name: Youtube cookie
Host: .youtube.com
Coverage: Any Page with embedded youtube video
Expiry: 2 years
Accessibility CookieSet for the browser to remember user accessibility settingsCookieID:colourContrast
Name:
Host:
Coverage: All Pages
Expiry: 1 year
CookieID: fontSize
Name:
Host:
Coverage: All Pages
Expiry: 1 year

How to control and delete cookies

We will not use cookies to collect personally identifiable information about you.

However, if you wish to restrict or block the cookies which are set by our websites, or indeed any other website, you can do this through your browser settings. The 'Help' function within your browser should tell you how.

Alternatively, you may wish to visit allaboutcookies.org which contains comprehensive information on how to do this on a wide variety of browsers. You will also find details on how to delete cookies from your machine as well as more general information about cookies.

Please be aware that restricting cookies may impact on the functionality of our website.

If you wish to view your cookie code, just click on a cookie to open it. You'll see a short string of text and numbers. The numbers are your identification card, which can only be seen by the server that gave you the cookie.

For information on how to do this on the browser of your mobile phone you will need to refer to your handset manual.

To opt-out of third-parties collecting any data regarding your interaction on our website, please refer to their websites for further information.

Updating information about cookies

Whenever we update our website to include new cookies, we will update this page. This ensures that you know about the cookies that are present on the site and can make an informed decision about giving us consent to place them on your computer or other device, using the settings on your browser.