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 where you can also watch a short video on what cookies are and how they are used.

If you would like to learn more about how to remove cookies set on your device or you wish to view cookie code, visit How to control cookies. For the cookie code 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.

Please be aware that restricting cookies may impact on the functionality of our website.

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. Links are provided in the section below under relevant cookies.

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.

Our Cookies

The MOD website will automatically set some cookies on your device without user consent. These cookies are deemed essential for the successful operation of the website; they are:

The following cookie stores a unique identifier for your session.

: 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 you receiving another invitation to respond to it.

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

This cookie is currently disabled.

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

: 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. These cookies are essential for improving effectiveness of the User website. This cookie is set automatically without user consent in order to capture all user visits.

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.

If the user continues to use the MOD website the following cookies will be set as by continuing to use the site the user has implied consent.

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

MOD sets a first party cookie to remember the users’ cookie preference as implied consent

Name: Mod_CookieImpliedConsent
Typical content: True
Expires : 2 years


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