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Cookie Policy

Our website uses session cookies to ensure that you have a good experience. These cookies contain a unique number, your ‘session ID’, which allows our server to recognise your computer and ‘remember’ what you’ve done on the site. The benefits of this are:

  • You only need to log in once if you’re navigating secure areas of the site
  • You are able to use interactive elements of the site, such as forms
  • Our server can distinguish between your computer and other users, so you can see the information that you have requested.

When you close your browser the cookie will be deleted and the site will ‘forget’.

The following table gives details of the different types of cookies that might be used during a session.

Type of cookie Cookie name How long does it stay on my computer? What is it for? What information does it contain?
PHP cookies PHPSESSID Until you close your browser Automatically set when visiting any pages running on the PHP platform -essential for the running of web sites using PHP such as our blogs. This cookie contains a randomly generated number – your session ID
X-CMS-Server cookie ROUTEID Until you close your browser This is given to a user on the first request to a CMS server via the load balancer; it is required to ensure that subsequent request are always forwarded to the same frontend CMS server to maintain sessions. The cookie will have the value of either .cms1 or .cms2.

 

Google Analytics

We use Google Analytics to help us to understand how you make use of our content and work out how we can make things better. These cookies follow your progress through our website, collecting anonymous data on where you have come from, which pages you visit, and how long you spend on the site. This data is then stored by Google in order to create reports. These cookies do not store your personal data.

The information generated by the cookie about your use of the website, including your IP address, may be transmitted to and stored by Google on servers in the United States. Google may use this information for the purpose of evaluating your use of the website, compiling reports on website activity for us and providing other services relating to website activity and internet usage. Google may also transfer this information to third parties where required to do so by law, or where such third parties process the information on Google’s behalf. Google will not associate your IP address with any other data held by Google. By using this website, you consent to the processing of data about you by Google in the manner and for the purposes set out above.

The Google website contains further information about Analytics and a copy of Google’s privacy policy.

Other parts of the DTPFS website also store cookies on your computer to track user traffic patterns. We do this to see how the website is used, to determine page popularity, to help security and for general statistical purposes. Some of this information may be held on servers in the United States, however only companies participating in the Safe Habor agreement, the mechanism for ensuring personal information has adequate protection when transferred outside the UK, are used for this purpose.

The following table gives details of the different types of Google Analytics cookies that are used on this website.

 

Type of cookie Cookie name How long does it stay on my computer? What is it for? What information does it contain?
Google Analytics _utma For two years from when it is set Automatically set when visiting any of our pages. Enables the use of the Google Analytics web statistics service. These cookies store anonymous data on your visit to the DTPFS website.
Google Analytics _utmb For 30 minutes after your last activity on the site Automatically set when visiting any of our pages. Enables the use of the Google Analytics web statistics service. These cookies store anonymous data on your visit to the DTPFS website.
Google Analytics _utmc When you close your browser Automatically set when visiting any of our pages. Enables the use of the Google Analytics web statistics service. These cookies store anonymous data on your visit to the DTPFS website.
Google Analytics _utmz For six months from when it is set Automatically set when visiting any of our pages. Enables the use of the Google Analytics web statistics service. These cookies store anonymous data on your visit to the DTPFS website

 

Third party cookies

We know that a lot of visitors to our website use social networking tools, so we have tried to make it easy for you to share our content using these services. We use a button provided by ShareThis to enable this functionality and this button places its own cookies on your machine. We also pull through content from social networks into our own pages, such as embedded Twitter feeds. The social networks, such as Facebook and Twitter, may themselves also put cookies on your machine. We have little control over these ‘third party’ cookies, so we suggest that you check the respective privacy policies for these external services to help you understand what data these organisations hold about you and what they do with it. For instance, the Facebook Data Use Policy and theTwitter privacy policy give further information about those services.

The following table gives details of some of the third party cookies that can be used and gives links to the appropriate privacy policies for them.

Cookie type Cookie name How long does it stay on my computer? What is it for? What information does it contain?
Facebook datr, lu, s, locale, c_user, xs For two years from when it is set Allows our pages to be shared and liked on Facebook. Facebook may use these cookies to track how you use the internet across different websites. You can find out more about how Facebook uses your personal data on their Facebook Data Use Policy pages Data on how you use the internet, which might be linked to your Facebook username
Google+ PREF For two years from when it is set Allows you to “+1” our content via the Google+ social network. Google may use this cookie to collect other data about your use of the web. You can find out more about how Google uses your personal data on the Google’s privacy policy pages. Data on how you use the internet, which might be linked to your Google username
Share This _stid 

_uset

For one year from when it is setFor eight hours from when it is set  Enables of use of Share This toolbars for sharing web pages on various social networking services.For more information on how Share This uses your personal data, please see the Share This Privacy Policy. Data on how you use the internet, which may be linked to your Share This username
Twitter pid 

guest_id

 

original_referer

 

k

 

js

 

external_referer

 

 

 

For two years from when it is setFor two years from when it is setWhen you close your browserFor one week from when it is set

For 30 days from when it is set

For one day from when it is set

 

Enables use of “Tweet This” buttons allowing you to share a web page via Twitter. Twitter may use these cookies to collect other data about your use of the web. To find out more about how Twitter uses your personal data please see the Twitter privacy policy pages. Data on how you use the internet
WordPress ‘comment’ followed by one of the following suffixes_author_author_email_author_url For one year from when they are set We use the WordPress platform for our blogs. When you comment on a blog post, WordPress will put some cookies on your machine that record the information you type in when you leave your comment. This means that you don’t have to retype your details if you want to leave another comment.Remembers your details when you comment on blogs. For more information please see theWordPress Cookies page. Form data, including email address