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Cookie information and policy

About cookies

Cookies are small text files that are placed on your computer by websites that you visit. They are widely used in order to make websites work, or work more efficiently, as well as to provide information to the owners of the site. They are not used to identify you personally and they do not collect information from your computer.

This website uses both session cookies, which are deleted when you exit the browser, and persistent cookies which are stored on your computer for a defined length of time, or until you choose to delete them. 

This article gives more information on Internet browser cookies [external link]

Current cookies

The following section explains the cookies we use and why.

By using our website, you agree that we can place these types of cookies on your device, unless you explicitly choose to reject cookies. Note that rejecting cookies may prevent some functionality from working fully.

Google Analytics

Performance cookies (either session or persistent) collect information about how visitors use our site. We use the information to find out how many visitors we have to the site, how they use the site and to help us improve the site. The cookies collect information in an anonymous form, including the number of visitors to the site, where visitors have come to the site from and the pages they visited.

Click here for an overview of privacy at Google [external link]

Name: _utma
Type: Persistent cookie
Expires: 2 years

Name: _utmb
Type: Persistent cookie
Expires: 30 minutes

Name: _utmc
Type: Session cookie
Expires: when you exit browser

Name: _utmz
Type: Persistent cookie
Expires: 6 months

Style preference

A functionality cookie (persistent) records each user’s style selection preference: either the standard site display, or the high contrast display, which is designed to help users with certain visual difficulties. The user’s selection is recorded in a cookie and may be retained for use on return to the site.

For more information see accessibility policy

Name: style
Type: Persistent cookie
Expires: 1 year

PHE notification

This cookie records that you have acknowledged the notice about this organisation becoming part of Public Health England, and prevents you being presented with the message again until the cookie expires.
Type: Persistent cookie
Expires: 30 days

How to control and delete cookies

Most web browsers allow some control of most cookies through the browser settings. To find out more about cookies, including how to see what cookies have been set and how to manage and delete them, visit [external link].

To opt out of being tracked by Google Analytics across all websites visit [external link].

Last reviewed: 3 April 2013