Cookies policy

CEOP puts small files (known as ‘cookies’) onto your computer to collect information about how you browse the site.

Cookies are used to:

  • measure how you use the website so it can be updated and improved based on your needs
  • remember the notifications you’ve seen so that we don’t show them to you again

CEOP cookies aren’t used to identify you personally.

You’ll normally see a message on the site before we store a cookie on your computer.

Find out more about how to manage cookies.

How cookies are used on CEOP

Measuring website usage (Google Analytics)

We use Google Analytics software to collect information about how you use CEOP. We do this to help make sure the site is meeting the needs of its users and to help us make improvements, e.g. improving site search.

Google Analytics stores information about:

  • the pages you visit on CEOP
  • how long you spend on each CEOP page
  • how you got to the site
  • what you click on while you’re visiting the site

We don’t collect or store your personal information (eg your name or address) so this information can’t be used to identify who you are.

We don’t allow Google to use or share our analytics data.

Google Analytics sets the following cookies:

 

Universal Analytics

Name

Purpose

Expires

_ga

This helps us count how many people visit CEOP by tracking if you’ve visited before

2 years

_gat

Used to manage the rate at which page view requests are made

10 minutes

 

Google Analytics

Name

Purpose

Expires

_utma

Like _ga, this lets us know if you’ve visited before, so we can count how many of our visitors are new to CEOP or to a certain page

2 years

_utmb

This works with _utmc to calculate the average length of time you spend on CEOP

30 minutes

_utmc

This works with _utmb to calculate when you close your browser

when you close your browser

_utmz

This tells us how you reached CEOP (eg from another website or a search engine)

6 months

 

Other applicable First Party Cookies

Cookie Name

Purpose

Typical Content

Expires

ASP.NET_SessionId

For retaining viewstate and session information.  In completing a task, to enable you to complete the task without re-entering information already given.

Randomly generated number

When user closes browser

Cookie

Used when logging into password protected areas of our site.  Once logged in user will not have to log in again for each webpage requested from our service.

Randomly generated number

None set

 

Third Party Cookies

Name

Purpose

Link to site’s information

AddThis

AddThis. Social bookmarking buttons used on some of our pages to allow easy sharing of pages to websites such as Facebook and Twitter. A cookie is used to collect anonymous information on visitors using this tool.

AddThis collect non-personally identifiable information from many of the websites in which AddThis is enabled, and use that information to deliver targeted advertising on those websites as well as other websites you may visit.

Website

Twitter

We use Twitter 'Follow' and 'Tweet' links to allow easy sharing on some pages. Twitter may set cookies in the provision of these services.

Website

YouTube

We embed videos from our official YouTube channel. Cookies from YouTube may be set on your computer once you click on the YouTube video player.

Website

Facebook

We use Facebook 'Like' and 'Share' links to allow easy sharing on some pages. Facebook may set Cookies in the provision of this service.

Website

 

Last updated: 6 January 2017

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