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Privacy policy

The Department for Communities and Local Government is strongly committed to protecting the privacy of users of its interactive products and services as well as to respecting the Data Protection Acts 1984 and 1998. We do all that we can to protect information about participants. The following information applies to the Department's main website (www.communities.gov.uk). Other websites linked from this site are not covered by this privacy policy.

Information about all users

The website does not capture or store personal information from site visitors without their knowledge, other than to log the user's IP address and session information such as the duration of the visit to the site and the type of web browser used, the numbers and frequency of visitors to the site and its pages. We only use such data in aggregate form. This collective data helps us determine how much visitors and participants use specific parts of our site, so we can improve its operation and appeal.

Cookies on our site

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

Our sites use two types of Cookies, they are 'Session' and 'Persistent', the function of these cookies is described below:

Session cookies: A session cookie only lasts for the duration of users using the website. It will expire if a user closes his/her browser, or if a user hasn't visited the site for certain period of time (called session idle timeout, in which case, the site will expire/invalidate the user session).

Persistent cookies: A persistent cookie will outlast user sessions. If a persistent cookie has its Max-Age set to 1 year, then, within the year, the initial value set in that cookie would be sent back to site every time the user visits the site. This could be used to record a vital piece of information such as how the user initially came to this website. For this reason, persistent cookies are also called tracking cookies.

Our use of cookies

Session cookies for our sites: To remember your selections or preferences that you've already made when looking at information or using a service.

Name: JSESSIONID (application based)
Value: Randomly generated number
Expires: At end of session

Name: CommunityServer-LastVisitUpdated-2101
Value: Null
Expires: At end of session

Name: CommunityServer-LastVisitUpdated-(Randomly generated number)
Value: Null
Expires: At end of session

Persistent cookies for our sites: Once you have logged on with your username and password, to make it easier to log in again if you choose 'Remember me'.

Name: CSAnonymous
Value: Randomly generated number
Expires: 20 minutes

Name: CommunityServer-UserCookie2101
Value: Date information (e.g. lv=1/1/1999 12:00:00 AM&mra=5/18/2011 12:44:22 PM)
Expires: 1 year

Name: .CSRoles
Value: Randomly generated number
Expires: 1 month

Name: .CommunityServer
Value: Randomly generated number
Expires: 1 month

Name: CommunityServer-AutoLoginCookie
Value: True
Expires: 1 year 

Name: CommunityServer-UserCookie2101
Value: Date information (e.g. lv=1/1/1999 12:00:00 AM&mra= 5/18/2011 3:03:50 PM)
Expires: 1 year

Name: CommunityServer-UserCookie(Randomly generated number)
Value: Date information (e.g. lv=1/1/1999 12:00:00 AM&mra=5/18/2011 3:03:51 PM)
Expires: 1 year

Urchin (Google) cookies Session and Persistent for our sites: Cookies to help us accurately estimate the number of visitors to the website and volumes of usage.

Name: _utma
Value: Randomly generated number
Expires: 27 years

Name: _utmb
Value: Randomly generated number
Expires: 30 minutes

Name: _utmc
Value: Randomly generated number
Expires: At end of session

Name: _utmz
Value: Randomly generated number
Expires: 4 months

JavaScript cookies for our sites: To remember your selections or preferences that you've already made when looking at information or using a service.

Name: clgFavourites
Value: URL paths
Expires: 1 year

Please note: As noted in the terms and conditions the above cookie is written once the user has chosen to add a page to their 'My favourites' functionality. This cookie remains even if all the favourite pages are removed. The information stored in he cookie represents pages users of this feature have marked as saved.

Cookies set by third party websites

To provide more interesting and engaging content, we sometimes embed multimedia from third party websites such as YouTube and Flickr. As a result, when you visit a page with embedded content you may be presented with cookies from these websites. We do not control the dissemination of these cookies. You should check the relevant website for more information about these.

YouTube
YouTube is a video streaming website. We sometimes embed YouTube videos in our pages.

Name: VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE
Value: randomly generated number
Expires: 1 year

www.google.co.uk/intl/en/policies/privacy/ (external link)

Flickr
Flickr  is a photo-sharing website. We embed Flickr images on various of our web pages.

Name: BX
Value: Randomly generated number
Expires: 2 years

Name: localization
Value: Location data
Expires: 2 years

http://info.yahoo.com/privacy/uk/yahoo/cookies/ (external link)

Google maps
We use Google Maps on our site to help visualise the scope of our policies.

Name: NID
Value: Randomly generated number
Expires: After 183 days

Name: PREF
Value: Randomly generated number
Expires: 2 years

www.google.co.uk/intl/en/policies/privacy/ (external link)

Facebook
We use the Facebook like button on some of our pages to enable our visitors to like our Right to Buy Facebook page.

Name: W
Value: Randomly generated number
Expires: At end of session

Name: datr
Value: Randomly generated number
Expires: 2 years

Name: fr
Value: Randomly generated number
Expires: 1 month

Name: locale
Value: Location data
Expires: 1 week

Name: lu
Value: Randomly generated number
Expires: At end of session

Name: x-src
Value: Randomly generated number
Expires: At end of session

www.facebook.com/help/social-plugin-privacy (external link)

Removing and disabling cookies

If you do not wish to accept cookies on to your machine you can disable them by adjusting the settings on your browser. However this will affect the functionality of the websites you visit.

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