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 be used to identify you personally.

On our website, these pieces of information are used to improve the operation and usability of our online services by measuring how many people are using the website.

You can manage these small files yourself and learn more about them through on the Directgov website.

Our use of cookies

Cookies for improving service

1. Google Analytics sets cookies to help us accurately estimate the number of visitors to the website and volumes of usage. This is to ensure that the service is available when you want it and fast.

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

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

Name: _utmc
Typical content: randomly generated number
Expires: At end of session

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

2. sIFR (or Scalable Inman Flash Replacement) sets cookies to prevent needless pre-fetching.

Name: sifrFetch
Typical content: set to true
Expires: At end of session

3. PanelState shows or displays a panel to provide you with important information.

Name: PanelState
Typical content: 'expanded' or 'collapsed'
Expires: 7 days

4. ASP.NET_SessionId is necessary for site functionality.

Name: ASP.NET_SessionId
Typical content: randomly generated string
Expires: At end of session

5. yourAuthCookie - used when you login to the CoGZone to ensure you stay logged in.

Name: yourAuthCookie
Typical content: randomly generated string
Expires: At end of session