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Cookie policy

Introduction

Like many websites, when you visit our website, in order to deliver a full browsing experience a small amount of information, known as a “cookie” will be downloaded to your device, (e.g.: your computer, laptop, tablet or mobile phone).

These cookies are used to improve your browsing experience by, for example:

enabling a website to recognise your device so you do not have to give the same information several times during one task or browsing sessions;

for any areas of the website which allow you to register an account, recognising if you have given a username and password so you do not need to do it for every web page you visit;

analysing anonymous data to help us understand how visitors interact with the website so we can make improvements and develop the website in an informed way for our visitors.

By continuing to browse our website you agree to our use of cookies. Should you no longer wish to consent to our use of cookies, you may withdraw your consent at any time by opting-out of the use of cookies. For information on how to opt-out, and how to manage and remove cookies from your device, please see section 4 below.

Cookies we use on this website

First-party cookies

Security

These cookies are used to ensure the smooth running of users’ web browsing sessions and to notify the web admin of any potential security issues:

Name: wordfence_verifiedHuman

Purpose: Cookie set by the Wordfence security plugin to protect the site against malicious attacks. It is used to verify you as a human user, for added security.

Typical content:  Randomly generated string with numbers and letters

Expires: 24 hours

Name: wfvt_

Purpose: Cookie set by the Wordfence security plugin which notes information about your general geographic location.

Typical content: Randomly generated string with numbers and letters

Expires: 30 minutes

Web analytics/metrics

This category comprises cookies used to evaluate site performance in terms of number of visits, unique visitors, drop-off rate for transactions, and so on:

Name: _ga

Purpose: Google Analytics cookie to distinguish users and sessions.

Typical content: Randomly generated number

Expires: 2 years

Name: _gat

Purpose: Google Analytics cookie to throttle request rate.

Typical content: Randomly generated number

Expires: 1 minute

Name: _gid

Purpose: Google Analytics cookie to determine new sessions /visits.

Typical content: Randomly generated number

Expires: 24 hours

Third-party cookies

We use third party suppliers and their services on this website, which may also use cookies as detailed below:

Cookies for improving service

We use Google Analytics to collect information about how people use this website. We do this to make sure it is meeting our users’ needs and to understand how we could improve the overall user experience.

Google Analytics stores information about which pages you visit, how long you are on the site, how you got here and what you click on. We do not collect or store your personal information (for example, your name or address) as part of the Google Analytics service so this information cannot be used by us to directly identify who you are.

For detailed information about cookies used by Google Analytics on this site please view the above ‘Web analytics/metrics’ section, or for further information please visit http://www.google.co.uk/intl/en/analytics/privacyoverview.html

When do cookies expire?

Cookies can remain on your device for different periods of time.  Some cookies are ‘session cookies’, meaning that they exist only while your browser is open.  These are deleted automatically once you close your browser. Other cookies are ‘permanent cookies’, meaning that they survive after your browser is closed.  They can be used by websites to recognise your computer when you open your browser and browse the internet again. We have provided some information under section 2 (above) as to how long some types of cookies will last before expiring.    

How to control and delete cookies

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

Alternatively, you may wish to visit the following website: http://www.aboutcookies.org This website contains detailed information on how to manage cookies across a wide variety of browsers. You will also find details on how to delete cookies from your device, as well as more general information about cookies.

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

If you have any questions about our cookie policy, please contact us by email on privacy@publicsectorplc.com