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Privacy and cookies

If you are a user with general public and anonymous access the RPA website does not store or capture personal information, but merely logs the user’s IP address that is automatically recognised by the web server.

This privacy statement only covers the RPA sub-domain of the Defra website at This statement does not cover further sub-domains under this site or links within this site to other websites.

RPA may from time to time use pixels, or transparent GIF files, together with cookies, to help manage certain online advertising. In either or both cases the information that we collect and share is anonymous and not personally identifiable. It does not contain your name, address, telephone number, or email address.


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, measuring how many people are using services, so they can be made easier to use and to make sure 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”

Our use of cookies

When you accessed our website, Google Analytics set 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
Description: Used to determine unique visitors to the site
Expires: 2 years

Name: _utmb
Description: Used to establish and continue a user session on the site
Expires: 30 minutes

Name: _utmc
Description: Determines whether to establish a new session for the user
Expires: when user exits browser

Name: _utmz
Description: Information on how the user reached the site i.e. via a search engine

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

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 website, or indeed any other website, you can do this through your browser settings. Your browser’s ‘Help’ function will tell you how to do this.

For more information about how to disable cookies, visit

Data handling guarantee

To find out more about our data handling guarantee click here

Changes to this privacy policy

If this privacy policy changes in any way, we will place an updated version on this page. Regularly reviewing this page ensures that you are always aware of what information we collect, how we use it and under what circumstances, if any, we will share it with other parties.

Page published: 24 July 2012