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What are 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 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 this article: Internet Browser cookies - what they are and how to manage them.

If you'd like to learn how to remove cookies set on your device, visit: allaboutcookies.org

Our use of cookies

At www.cps.gov.uk, we have removed most of our cookies to ensure that our users' experience of our site is uninterrupted.

'First party' cookies

The form that we use for feedback and complaints on both the English and Welsh language sites sets a cookie - considered essential to the functioning of this form - that recognises when the form is open and ensures that it only stays open for a limited time. This is similar to those used by secure banking websites, to ensure your security.

This cookie is:

  • Name: ASP.NET_SessionId
    Typical content: uniquely generated token
    Expires: When browser closes

The procurement section of our site links through to another site, http://www.contractsfinder.businesslink.gov.uk/, which uses the following cookie - considered essential to the functioning of the site - that recognises when the form is open and ensures that it only stays open for a limited time. This is similar to those used by secure banking websites, to ensure your security.:

  • Name: ASP.NET_SessionId
    Typical content: uniquely generated token
    Expires: When browser closes

'Third party' cookies

When we provide links to third party services, such as our user survey, they may place cookies on your device to make their service easier to use or to recognise when you have already answered the survey, so that you are unable to take it again. Their policy on use may be found here: SurveyMonkey - About the cookies we use

We have requested that our blog, blog.cps.gov.uk, which is hosted by www.typepad.com and is linked to from our site, does not place cookies.

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 allaboutcookies.org 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 impact on 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.

Updating information about cookies

Whenever we update our website to include new cookies, we will update this page. This ensures that you know about the cookies that are present on the site and can make an informed decision about giving us consent to place them on your computer or other device, using the settings on your browser.