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This website's use of cookies


Introduction

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
  • analysing anonymised data to help us understand how people interact with govt services so we can make them better

You can manage these small files and learn more about them from Directgov: How government websites use cookies. There's also a cookies awareness video (below) and further information on how to remove cookies at About Cookies: how to control cookies.

 

Cookies for managing your current visit

These are cookies set by the BIS website (known as 'first-party' cookies) and the BIS publications database, which is on a separate domain (http://bis.ecgroup.net/). They are used to remember the selections or preferences that you’ve made when looking at the information on this site.

BIScookie-fontscale

  • Purpose: If you use the increase/decrease font size link at the top of any BIS web page ("a A"), this cookie remembers that selection as you move around the site.
  • Benefit: To remember the selections or preferences you’ve already made when looking at information or using a service.
  • Data stored by cookie: A number between 0 (smallest) and 4 (largest) indicating the font size to use on the site.
  • Duration of cookie: Expires when you close your browser.

BIScookie-BISCoreWebsite-alert

  • Purpose: When you first arrive at this site you see a pink banner alerting you to our use of cookies. This cookie remembers when you have clicked the link saying "don't show this message again". 
  • Benefit: To remember the selections or preferences you’ve already made when looking at information or using a service.
  • Data stored by cookie: An instruction to hide the banner.
  • Duration of cookie: Expires after 12 months.

ASP.NET_SessionId

  • Purpose: This cookie is a 'session identifier', which allows the site to recognise your movement around the site as being from one computer.
  • Benefit: To remember the selections or preferences you’ve already made when looking at information or using a service.
  • Data stored by cookie: Information about the session; the cookie itself contains no personal information.
  • Duration of cookie: Expires when you close your browser.

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  • Purpose: This cookie is used to send the same user's request to the same server where possible for the duration of their session.
  • Benefit: To remember the selections or preferences you’ve already made when looking at information or using a service.
  • Data stored by cookie: Contains a randomly generated ID and no personal information.
  • Duration of cookie: Expires when you close your browser.

Cookies for measuring website usage

We use Google Analytics to collect information about how people use this site. We do this to make sure it’s meeting its users’ needs and to understand how we could do it better.

Google Analytics stores information about what pages you visit, how long you are on the site, how you got here and what you click on. We do not collect or store your personal information (e.g. your name or address) so this information cannot be used to identify who you are. We do not allow Google to use or share our analytics data.

Google Analytics cookies: _utma, _utmb, _utmc, _utmz

  • Purpose: To record how many people are using the BIS website and how they move around the site once they've arrived:
    • _utma tracks how many times (if any) you have visited the BIS website before.
    • _utmb and _utmc are connected, and track how long you stay on the site.
    • _utmz tracks identifies where you've come from e.g. from a search engine or from another website.
  • Benefit: So service is available when you want it and fast, we measure numbers and volumes of visitors.
  • Data stored by cookies: No personal information about you, just information about your computer and your browser.
  • Duration of cookies:
    • _utma: Expires 2 years after your last visit to this site.
    • _utmb: Expires 30 minutes after your visit, or after 30 minutes of inactivity.
    • _utmc: Expires when you close your browser.
    • _utmz: Expires 6 months after it was last set.

Cookies set by other websites through this site

We want to provide interesting and engaging content on our website. On a number of pages we use 'plug ins' or embedded media. We use Disqus, for example, to allow you to comment on selected news stories. And we embed YouTube videos in many pages.

The suppliers of these services may also set cookies on your device when you visit the pages where we have used this type of content. These are known as 'third-party' cookies.

Google Maps: NID

  • Purpose: Enables traffic analysis to Google Maps.
  • Benefit: When we provide links to third party services you find useful, they may place a cookie on your device to make their service easier to use. Google's privacy policy.
  • Data stored by the cookie: A unique identifier; data only used in aggregate.
  • Duration of cookie: Expires after 183 days.

YouTube cookie: VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE

  • Purpose: To track visitor views of YouTube  videos embedded in BIS web pages.
  • Benefit: When we provide links to third party services you find useful, they may place a cookie on your device to make their service easier to use. YouTube is owned by Google: Google's privacy policy.
  • Data stored by cookie: Unique identifier, no personal information (data is only used in aggregate).
  • Duration of cookie: Expires after 241 days.

ShareThis cookies: _stid,_uset, _unam

  • Purpose: Many of our pages include a ShareThis button, which allows you to share our content via email, Twitter, Facebook etc. These cookies enable that service to work smoothly:
    • _stid is a random unique identifier and is used to associated users with topics of interest, based upon the content they consume and share.
    • _uset is used to indicate when a user has been cookied so that the task is not repeated in the next 8 hours.
    • _unam counts number of unique users that share content and how many page views are generated from the resulting share.
  • Benefit: When we provide links to third party services you find useful, they may place a cookie on your device to make their service easier to use. ShareThis's privacy policy.
  • Data stored by cookies:
    • _stid is a random indentifier number.
    • _uset contains 'Yes' or 'No' depending on whether you have enabled sharing. 
    • _unam only personally identifies you if you have already independently signed up with ShareThis and have given your consent.
  • Duration of cookies:
    • _stid: Unknown
    • _uset: Expires after 8 hours. 
    • _unam: Unknown

Disqus: _qca

  • Purpose: We use Disqus to allow commenting on news stories and consultations. (Purpose of this cookie to be confirmed.)
  • Benefit: When we provide links to third party services you find useful, they may place a cookie on your device to make their service easier to use.
  • Data stored by the cookie: tbc
  • Duration of cookie: Expires after 1,826 days

Scorecard Research: UIDR

  • Purpose: Set by Disqus and/or ShareThis.
  • Benefit: When we provide links to third party services you find useful, they may place a cookie on your device to make their service easier to use.
  • Data stored by the cookie:
  • Duration of cookie: Expires after 720 days.

Slideshare: SERVERID

  • Purpose: We occasionally embed slideshow in our web pages using Slideshare. This cookie is set by Slideshare to enable retrieval of the data from the right server.
  • Benefit: When we provide links to third party services you find useful, they may place a cookie on your device to make their service easier to use.
  • Data stored by the cookie: A code to identify the correct server.
  • Duration of cookie: Expires when you close your browser.

SurveyMonkey: ep201, ep202, TSc1209a, TS54026e, TS39fa47, P_14552132, P_19807288                                         

  • Purpose: We sometimes link to online surveys (from our Consultations, for example) created using Survey Monkey. These cookies may be set if you follow one of these links to complete a survey.
  • Benefit: When we provide links to third party services you find useful, they may place a cookie on your device to make their service easier to use.
  • Data stored by the cookie: None contains personal information; all data is used in aggregate form.
  • Duration of cookie: All expire when you close your browser, except ep202, which expires after 366 days.

Flickr: localization, BX

Flickr  is a photo-sharing website. BIS has a Flickr account and we embed Flickr images on various of our web pages. Flickr is owned by Yahoo! Yahoo! cookies policy

Scribd: scribd_ubtc

We occasionally use Scribd  to embed documents in a web page. Scribd's privacy policy.

How to control and delete cookies

We will not use cookies to collect personally identifiable information about you.

However, if you wish to restrict or block the cookies which are set by our websites, or indeed any other website, you can do this through your browser settings. The ‘Help’ function within your browser should tell you how.

Alternatively, you may wish to visit the About Cookies website, which contains comprehensive information on how to do this on a wide variety of browsers. You will also find details on how to delete cookies from your machine as well as more general information about cookies.

Please be aware that restricting cookies may have an impact upon the functionality of our website.

If you wish to view your cookie code, just click on a cookie to open it. You'll see a short string of text and numbers. The numbers are your identification card, which can only be seen by the server that gave you the cookie.

For information on how to do this on the browser of your mobile phone you will need to refer to your handset manual.

To opt-out of third-parties collecting any data regarding your interaction on our website, please refer to their websites for further information.


 

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