Cookies are small text files that are placed on your computer by websites that you visit. They are widely used in order to make websites work, or work more efficiently, as well as to provide information to the owners of the site. The table below explains the cookies we use and why.
This cookie is used to control the appearance of the cookies information banner. This cookie is set on arrival to the site by default. It expires after a set time and is not set again unless a user changes their cookie settings.
This cookie is used to remember a user’s choice about cookies on the ICO website. This cookie is, by default, set on arrival to the site with a value of ‘true’.
We are currently moving to a new system for updating the content on our site, and a new tool for giving users control over cookies. This cookie is used to remember a user’s choice about cookies on the newly rebuilt parts of the site. Where users have previously indicated a preference, that user’s preference will be stored in this cookie.
These cookies are used to collect information about how visitors use our site. We use the information to compile reports and to help us improve the site. The cookies collect information in an anonymous form, including the number of visitors to the site, where visitors have come to the site from and the pages they visited.
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Security breach notification form cookie
This cookie is essential for the breach notification form – the form that public electronic communications service providers use to notify the ICO of a security breach – to operate. It is set only for those people using the form. This cookie is deleted when you close your browser.
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Content management system cookie
One or both of these cookies may be set by our content management system on a small number of browsers, upon arrival to the ICO site or young people’s pages. Neither is used by the ICO for any purpose. These cookies are deleted when a user closes their browser. The supplier of our content management system (the software we use to update our website) is working to remove this cookie from their product.
We embed videos from our official YouTube channel using YouTube’s privacy-enhanced mode. This mode may set cookies on your computer once you click on the YouTube video player, but YouTube will not store personally-identifiable cookie information for playbacks of embedded videos using the privacy-enhanced mode.
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How do I change my cookie settings?
Most web browsers allow some control of most cookies through the browser settings. To find out more about cookies, including how to see what cookies have been set and how to manage and delete them, visit www.aboutcookies.org or www.allaboutcookies.org.
To opt out of being tracked by Google Analytics across all websites visit http://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout.