Cookies are small files of information placed on your computer through your browser that we use to gather information about your visit to our site, such as how you entered our site, how you navigated through the site and what information was of interest to you. In addition to this, if you log in or use some of the scripted features of the site like forms, we will "tag" you with a temporary cookie so you can move around the site without having to log in again or through a form in stages.
What are cookies?
- A cookie is a small amount of data sent to your computer or mobile phone from a website. This means the website can recognise your device (your computer or mobile phone) if you return to the same site.
- A cookie often includes a unique identifier, which is a randomly generated number. This is stored on your device's hard drive. Many cookies are automatically deleted after you finish using a website.
- Cookies are not programs and do not collect information from your device.
- Cookies make your experience of using web sites faster and easier. They allow web sites to create a customised view of pages to which you navigate. For example, they are commonly used to authenticate or identify registered users of a website without requiring them to sign in each time they access it. Other uses include maintaining a 'shopping basket' of goods a user has chosen to purchase, site personalisation (presenting different pages to different users) and tracking the pages a user has visited on a site for analysis purposes.
- Cookies may come with or without an expiry date. Cookies without an expiry date exist until the browser is closed, while cookies with an expiry date may be stored by the device until the expiry date passes.
You can restrict or block cookies set by Gloucestershire County Council but this may limit your use of some functionality, such as filling in forms and getting access to password protected areas of the Gloucestershire County Council site. Most things you do on our site will still be possible even with cookies disabled.
Gloucestershire County Council uses third-party suppliers who also set cookies through gloucestershire.gov.uk web sites on our behalf to deliver the services that they are providing or record usage. More information on the cookies set by Gloucestershire County Council and its third-party suppliers can be found below.
How to manage your cookies
Cookies are sent to your browser (whether you use Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Safari or any other browser) by a website and then stored in the cookies directory of your device.
To find out how to allow, block, delete and manage the cookies on all standard web browsers, go to the Information Commissioner's site. There is more in depth information on www.aboutcookies.org or www.allaboutcookies.org.
Flash cookies (also known as local share objects)
Gloucestershire County Council uses the Adobe Flash Player to deliver some content on the site. Flash cookies are used in the same way as other cookies - to store information you provide in terms of settings or preferences. These provide additional features to improve your experience, such as storing questions that you've answered in an interactive tool to provide you with personalised outcomes.
To remove or disable a Flash cookie, visit the Flash Player security and privacy section on the Adobe website. Here you will find detailed guidance on how to delete or disable Flash cookies, either for a specific domain, such as gloucestershire.gov.uk, or for all web sites. However, some of the content on the Gloucestershire County Council site may not work properly if Flash cookies are disabled.
Cookies used on gloucestershire.gov.uk
The following are cookies you may come across on this site. Note that several of them perform similar functions; the duplications arise because Gloucestershire County Council hosts a number of Department of Health campaigns that were originally set up separately, each using different cookies.
Set by Gloucestershire County Council
- Domain: gloucestershire.gov.uk
- Purpose: To make your experience of using web sites faster and easier
- We can restricted access to some content to certain users. To enable this, we create an account and allow users to log in. Some personal data is stored on our server which users can manage. The cookie is anonymous and does not contain any of this data.
Third party cookies
(These are cookies set by other web sites whose services we use.)
- Domain: google.com
- Purpose: Gloucestershire County Council uses Google Analytics to gather information about how you use our site. Google set a cookie so we can see which pages people have landed on and how they have navigated through the site. (For full details see Cookies & Google Analytics.)
This data enables us to understand:
- Which pages people visit on the site
- Which internet browsers are being used
- What is popular
- Which interactive tools are used
Learn more about the Google Analytics opt-out browser add-on.
- Domain: maps.google.com
- Domain: translate.google.co.uk
- Domain: youtube.com
- Purpose: some YouTube videos are embedded on gloucestershire.gov.uk. A YouTube cookie is used to provide web analytics in terms of the number of times a video has been watched and/or shared.
We embed "widgets" from various other organisations within our pages and these may set cookies. You can see the various organisation's privacy policies by following the links below.
- Privacy and cookies: environment-agency.gov.uk
- Privacy statement: education.gov.uk
- Privacy & Terms: proprofs.com