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Cookies Policy

We are committed to being transparent about our use of cookies. We use cookies for the following purposes:

What is a cookie?

A cookie is a small text file, placed on your computer or device when you visit a website. Cookies vary in (1) duration, (2) ownership and (3) use.

  1. Duration: how long does the cookie remain on your computer or device? All cookies are set to expire automatically: 'session' cookies expire when you close your browser, 'persistent' cookies expire after a fixed period of time. Cookies can also be deleted manually at any time using your web browser.
  2. Ownership: who does the cookie belong to? When you visit a website, the cookies that are set may be either 'first party' cookies that belong to that website, or 'third party' cookies belonging to some other website.
  3. Use: what is the cookie for? A cookie may be essential to the functioning of a website or be used for a non-essential purpose such as tracking visits to the website.

The cookies we use

  1. Consultation test cookies

    We have to set a cookie on your computer or device in order for you to take part in the online consultation. To do this, we need to test whether your browser will allow us to set cookies when you arrive at the consultation website. The test involves us trying to set two test cookies. When you go to Login or Register we check for the presence of these cookies and if they have not been set we prompt you to enable cookies. These test cookies do not contain any significant content, just the words 'Test = 1'.
  2. Consultation session cookie - essential functional cookie

    We need to set a session cookie to enable you to enter your consultation responses and look at any responses you have already submitted. This cookie consists of a string of letters that is used to identify you and distinguish you from other respondents. It does not contain any personal information about you.
  3. Consultation persistent cookie - functional cookie

    We set a persistent cookie to enable you to recover information that you have entered as part of a response but not saved (i.e., submitted). This might happen if your internet connection is interrupted or you leave your computer for a while and your session is 'timed out'. This cookie is deleted when you log out of the consultation, but persists on your computer or device for 2 days if your session is interrupted before you log out.
  4. Security cookies

    We use a security service to protect this website from attack; this service sets four more cookies, two session cookies and two persistent cookies. These cookies are used for testing user behaviour, to identify that requests are from the same user within their current session, or from the same user in a new session, and to ensure that requests are sent back to the server they originated from.

Table summarizing information about cookies used by the website

Name Owner Use Content Duration
ASPSESSIONID... This website Allows responses to be grouped by session (a session being a single visit to the website) CCLJOHPDPNBFFBIAOBCJLBKM (example of content) Session
dbyd1 This website Test cookie Test=1 1 day
ses This website Test cookie Test=1 Session
dbyd This website Allows preservation of un-submitted responses if connection to website is lost. cssSelected=& UHasSubmitted=D01%2C1& DocReg=D01&val=1& cssFont=& Browser=Default+Browser%2C+0& x073dfp=%7B8E068287 (example of content) 2 days
incap_ses_... This website Security session cookie pEAyKXIRCALYgV3Dwvum (example of content) Session
nlbi_... This website Security session cookie fgW34Bjka\b... (example of content) Session
visid_incap_... This website Security persistent cookie 4aXIlF5+SAiRpH/... (example of content) 12 months
___utmvc This website Security persistent cookie uyAZKdRLZsr60x... (example of content) Up to 15 minutes

Will the site work if I disable cookies?

You do not need to enable cookies in order to visit this website, but 'session' cookies are required for you to register, log in, and take part in the online consultation.

If you want to take part in the consultation but do not wish to set cookies on your computer or device, please contact us for other ways of submitting your response - e.g., by email or post.

Summary

What browser cookie settings should I use?

Different browsers classify cookies in different ways, but in general you can either enable or disable a selected type of cookie for all websites, or for a named website. We recommend that you enable all cookies for this website. The minimum requirement for taking part in the consultation is that you enable session cookies from this website.

How do I change my browser settings?

The Information Commissioner's Office Cookie Information page (opens in a new tab/window) provides further information about cookies with links to instructions on cookie management for different browsers.