Defence Privacy and Cookie Statement

Information on the privacy standards for the Defence website

This privacy and cookie statement only covers the Ministry of Defence website at

When we provide services, we want to make them easy, useful and reliable. Where services are delivered on the internet, this sometimes involves placing small amounts of information on your device, for example, computer or mobile phone. These include small files known as cookies. They cannot be used to identify you personally.
These pieces of information are used to improve services for you through, for example:

  • enabling a service to recognise your device so you don't have to give the same information several times during one task
  • recognising that you may already have given a username and password so you don't need to do it for every web page requested
  • measuring how many people are using services, so they can be made easier to use and there's enough capacity to ensure they are fast

You can manage these small files yourself and learn more about them through Internet browser cookies - what they are and how to manage them

Our use of cookies

Cookies for enabling the provision of services

Our website sets a cookie that stores a unique identifier for your session:

Name: ASP.NET_SessionId
Typical content: randomly generated alpha-numeric value
Expires: when user exits browser

More information can be found at ASP.NET Cookies overview

If you have answered a survey, our website sets a cookie to prevent another invitation to respond to it:

Name: name
Typical value: true value "yes"
Expires: 14 days

This cookie is currently disabled.

Cookies for improving services

Our website sets the following cookies to ensure fast loading of images in picture viewers and enable a slide show effect.

Name: c_img
Typical content: numeric value that identifies the image currently viewed
Expires: when user exits the browser

Name: IsPostBack
Typical content: numeric value
Expires: when user exits the browser

WebTrends sets cookies to help us accurately estimate the number of visitors to the website and volumes of usage. This to ensure that the service is available when you want it and fast

Name: WT_FPC
Typical content: captures IP address
Expires: 10 years

Typical content: Captures IP address and time of visit
Expires: 10 years 

  • IP address

    Every machine connecting to the Internet has a four-number address (e.g., which may or may not stay constant between sessions online. Many web users connect indirectly to the Internet via an intermediary (proxy) server.

Google sets a cookie to remember your search preferences

Name: PREF
Typical content: randomly generated alpha-numeric value
Expires: 2 years

More information can be found at Google Preferences help

Other websites linked from this site do not necessarily follow the same policies.

The Ministry of Defence will process personal information provided by you in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998, for the purposes of processing enquiries, collection of statistical and associated data, and related matters.The Corporate Internet Feedback Retention Policy establishes the length of time records submitted through the 'Contact Us' email forms on the website are retained .

Further information on your rights under the Data Protection Act 1998 can be found on the Information Commissioner's website.

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