In order to make our website simpler to use and improve our service, we sometimes place small amounts of information on your computer. These are known as ‘cookies’ and they are used by most major websites.
Cookies are used to:
- Remember settings so you don’t have to change them again every time you load a page.
- Recognise that you are logged in to an area of the website so you don’t have to keep re-entering your username & password.
- Measure how you use the website so we can continue to improve it.
In the coming months we will continue to evaluate the cookies used on the site and develop ways to give users control over how cookies are used for their individual sessions.
We use the ASP.NET_SessionId cookie to manage navigation and hold search details. .DV3 are used so that once you have logged on with username and password you won’t have to do it for every page you request from our site, you can also select for this cookie to remember you when you return
|ASP.NET_SessionId (random number)||alpha-numeric value||when you close your browser|
|.DV3||alpha-numeric value||when you close your browser/182 days|
This is to ensure that we are providing the best website for all of our users. It helps us to understand the level of demand for content on specific pages and to monitor site performance metrics such as page load times.
These cookies are classed by the ICO as ‘minimally intrusive’
|_utma||randomly generated number||1 day|
|_utmb||randomly generated number||30 minutes|
|_utmc||randomly generated number||when you close your browser|
|_utmz||randomly generated number and information on how the site was reached (e.g. direct or via a link, organic search or paid search)||6 months|