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, whether a computer, tablet or mobile phone. These include small files known as cookies. They cannot be used to identify you personally.


Why we use cookies

 

We use the pieces of information that cookies record to help us improve services for you by, 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 govt services so we can make them 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.

If you'd like to learn how to remove cookies set on your device, visit: 'Our use of cookies'.


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 www.aboutcookies.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, please refer to your handset's user manual.

 

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


First-party cookies

 

First-party cookies are set by the website you are visiting and can only be read by that website.


Drupal

 

Name

Function

Content

Expires

has_js

Stores whether JavaScript is available.

Number

Session

cookie-agreed-[language] 

Stores whether user has dismissed the "cookie warning" message.

Number

3 Months

[session id] 

Used to distinguish users and sessions.

Numbers and text characters

1 Month


Google Analytics

 

We use Google Analytics to monitor how many people visit our site, which pages are most popular and other metrics. This helps us to provide better targeted and more useful content.

 

Name

Function

Content

Expires

__utma

Used to distinguish users and sessions. The cookie is created when the javascript library executes and no existing __utma cookies exists. The cookie is updated every time data is sent to Google Analytics.

Numbers

2 Years

__utmb

Tracks the length of a Web session (user visit).

Numbers

30 minutes

__utmc

Not used in ga.js. Set for interoperability with urchin.js. Historically, this cookie operated in conjunction with the __utmb cookie to determine whether the user was in a new session/visit.

Numbers

Session

__utmv

Used to store visitor-level custom variable data. This cookie is created when a developer uses the _setCustomVar method with a visitor level custom variable. This cookie was also used for the deprecated _setVar method. The cookie is updated every time data is sent to Google Analytics.

Numbers and text characters

2 Years

__utmz

Stores the traffic source or campaign that explains how the user reached your site. The cookie is created when the javascript library executes and is updated every time data is sent to Google Analytics.

Numbers and text characters

6 Months

Learn more about Google Analytics cookie use.