What is a cookie?
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 as well as analysing your journey through the site, to help us improve your experience as a user.
These pieces of information are used to improve services for you through, for example:
- enabling a service to recognise your device so you don't have to give the same information several times during one task
- measuring how many people are using online services, to help us improve the website
- letting you change text size, you can use the icons at the top of every web page to change the size of the text. You can also increase the text size and view a high visibility colour scheme
- remembering whether you have set the options open or closed in the personalised section on the homepage
This is done through small files known as cookies. They cannot be used to identify you personally.
A cookie is a small text file usually containing a random and unique identifier that is sent to your browser from a web server and then stored onto your computer's hard drive. They are used to store information about you on your computer.
For more information about cookies see the All about cookies website.
The cookies we use
These are temporary cookie files, which are erased when you close your browser. When you restart your browser and go back to the site that created the cookie, the website will not recognize you. A new session cookie will be generated, which will store your browsing information and will be active until you leave the site and close your browser.
|ASP.NET_SessionId||bury.gov.uk||Various pages||General session cookie which stops you having to log in after each page|
|ASPSESSIONIDSQBTDRSR||bury.gov.uk||Terms system search||Remembers search criteria - course titles etc.|
|firmstep2server||bury.gov.uk||Various online forms (AchieveForms)||Used to partially save some online forms so you can go back later|
|firmstep2session||bury.gov.uk||Various online forms (AchieveForms)||Used to partially save some online forms so you can go back later|
Persistent cookies help websites remember your information and settings for any future visits. This results in faster and more convenient access since, for example, you don't have to login again.
Besides authentication, other website features made possible by persistent cookies include: language selection, theme selection, menu preferences, internal site bookmarks or favourites, among many others. On your first visit, the website is presented in default mode. During your visit, you select your preferences and these preferences are remembered, through the use of the persistent cookie, the next time you visit the site.
|clientvars||bury.gov.uk||Various pages||General session cookie|
|mode||bury.gov.uk||Home page||General session cookie|
Third party cookies which may be used from time to time
Only on rare occasions would we ever embed YouTube flash movies in our web pages. By default the code to embed a movie would set both browser (HTTP) cookies and Flash cookies (Flash Storage Objects). If we have a video on YouTube, we would normally just provide a link to the video on the YouTube web site.
Very occasionally, some of our web pages may include Twitter functionality. The "Twitter Resources" site makes available a number of "buttons" and "widgets" to embed on our pages, for example the "Follow button" and lists of recent Tweets.
There may be some occasions when we would use a Facebook "social plug in" tool to add various Facebook functions to our site, for example the "Like button". When we do this, Facebook sets browser cookies when a user visits a page on our site which includes an embedded Facebook function. Additionally, if the user is already logged into Facebook then Facebook will know that the user has visited our site.
To delete cookies or reject cookies
We recommend you allow the cookies we set by this website as they help us provide a better service and make our website easier to use.
If you do not want to receive cookies from this website, select cookie settings under the privacy settings in your browser options, then add our domain to the list of websites you do not want to accept cookies from. Under settings you can also delete individual cookies or any cookies that your browser has stored.
If you set your browser to refuse all cookies, please be aware that there may be functionality on various websites that does not work.