What cookies are, why we use them, how you can manage them, and what we do with the information.
1. What are cookies?
Cookies are small text files downloaded by your web browser and stored on your computer, smart phone or tablet as you visit websites.
How can cookies help a website?
Cookies help a website to operate correctly and aid user experience, and they are used by most websites. They have many purposes, including:
- allowing a website to 'remember' you and your preferences, such as the font size, during visits
- storing information, such as the items you have put in your online shopping basket
- enabling the collection of analytical data that website owners can use, such as how many times a web page has been viewed
- operating 'targeted' advertising.
Different types of cookie
- Persistent cookies - These are stored on your device for a defined period of time.
- First party cookies - These are set by the website you are visiting and can only be accessed and used by that website.
- Third party cookies - These are set through a website by a party other than the one that owns the website, usually through applications or functions created by other companies that a website may implement on its pages. The importance of third party cookies is that they can be used to track users across websites.
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2. How to disable or enable cookies
You can use your internet browser (for example, Chrome, Internet Explorer, Safari or Firefox) to manage cookies across all websites you use. This includes being able to block and delete cookies.
The website aboutcookies.org.uk provides instructions on how to manage cookies.
Please note: If you are using your browser's settings to block or delete cookies, whilst you can continue to use this website, you may experience some issues.
Please note: The cookies we use cannot be used to identify you personally.
- helps us to make sure our site operates correctly and efficiently
- provides accessibility and functionality
- collects usage statistics that allow us to monitor how our site is used so that we can improve it.
The table below shows session cookies used across pulboroughparishcouncil.gov.uk.
|ASP.Net _SessionID||Used to identify requests linked to the same browser session.||Session (deleted when browser is closed)|
We use Google Analytics (GA), a web analysis service from Google, to help us collect site use statistics. The following performance cookies related to this service may be set:
|_ga||Used to distinguish a user as unique.||2 years|
|_gat||Used to throttle request rate.||10 minutes|
|_gid||Used to distinguish users.||24 hours|
Google Analytics uses first party cookies through our website to collect standard internet log information and visitor behaviour. This information is sent to Google and is used by us to evaluate how our website is being used, and review and improve our sites.
Google Analytics doesn't identify who you are, but does track your movements on our website.
You can find out more about the cookies Google Analytics sets on its cookie usage page.
Google provide a browser-based tool that you can install and use to opt out of all GA data collection. You can install it from their Google Analytics opt-out page.
4. Third parties
We use a variety of third-party functions and applications to enrich and improve our content. While we try to limit the setting of cookies by these applications where possible, some cookies are unavoidable. Where these third-party services are used on the website, they may also receive the IP address of the device you are using.
Pulborough Parish Council does not collect personally identifiable information of visitors to our site. We will not:
- associate any data gathered with any personally identifying information
- link or seek to link an IP address with the identity of a computer user.
Below is an outline of third-party functionality used across our websites and how to find out more information.
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