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Privacy and cookies

The Data Controller for this website is the Department of Energy and Climate Change.

Security and confidentiality

Any information provided to the Department of Energy and Climate Change will be held securely and in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998. Your personal details will not normally be disclosed to third parties. In some circumstances, however, we may need to disclose your personal details to a third party so that they can provide a service you have requested, or fulfil a request for information. Any information about you that we pass to a third party will be held securely by that party, in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998, and used only to provide the services or information you have requested.

You have a right to request a copy of your personal details at any time to check the accuracy of the information held.

Comments and questions

We may pass enquiries you send to another Government Department so they can fulfil your information request.

Email alerts and RSS

If you sign up to receive email alerts or an RSS feed, we will use your information only to provide the service you have requested. We may occasionally contact email alert subscribers to help us evaluate and improve the service we offer.

If you inform us you wish to cancel email alerts, we will remove you from our mailing list and your details will be deleted from our records.

Site usage information

i) Cookies

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 Directgov's " Internet browser cookies - what they are and how to manage them[External link]"

ii) Our use of cookies

Cookies associated with UK Oil Portal

These cookies are used to manage the session and transactions within the portal, they all expire at the end of the session:

Usage: Current user session id (maintain log-in between pages)
Expires: End of session

Name: p_dti_user_id
Usage: Current user login id (Maintaining log-in for legacy systems)
Expires: End of session

Usage: Internal session ID (Oracle Application Server) - maintain browser session data
Expires: End of session

Name: field_set_[...]
Usage: Cross-check that page in browser is most recent page - set for user login session
Expires: End of session

Name: BIGipServeredu_pool
Usage: Used to direct user consistency to a server once load balanced
Expires: End of session

Usage: Engine session id (maintain log-in for pop-ups)
Expires: End of session


Cookies for improving service

Google Analytics 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: _utma
Typical content: randomly generated number
Expires: 2 years

Name: _utmb
Typical content: randomly generated number
Expires: 30 minutes

Name: _utmc
Typical content: randomly generated number
Expires: at end of session

Name: _utmz
Typical content: randomly generated number + info on how the site was reached (e.g. directly or via a link, organic search or paid search)
Expires: 6 months

For further details on the cookies set by Google Analytics, please refer to the Google Code website[External link]



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