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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 be used to identify you personally.

What are cookies?

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 the article, Internet Browser cookies- what they are and how to manage them from Directgov: How government websites use cookies. If you’d like to learn how to remove cookies set on your device, visit: About cookies: How to control cookies.

Our use of cookies

Cookies for measuring performance of the website

By understanding how people use the Parliamentary Archives website, we can make improvements to the navigation and content to make the site better and easier to access.

We use Google Analytics to gather data on the number of people accessing our site, where they are accessing from, what pages they visit, and what technology they are using. Google Analytics cannot identify your personally, but does allow us to understand our users as a group, for example by recording what browsers are being used.

Name: _ga 
Typical content: randomly generated number
Expires: 2 years

Name: _gid 
Typical content: randomly generated number
Expires: when user exits browser

Name: _gat_UA-15845045-1 
Typical content: randomly generated number
Expires: when user exits browser

Name: _gat_UA-15845045-20 
Typical content: randomly generated number
Expires: when user exits browser

Name: _gat_UA-15845045-32 
Typical content: randomly generated number
Expires: when user exits browser

Name: _gat_UA-15845045-35 
Typical content: randomly generated number
Expires: when user exits browser

Name: _utma 
Typical content: randomly generated number
Expires: 2 years

Name: _cfduid
Expires: 1 day
Typical content: randomly generated number

Name: _utmb 
Typical content: randomly generated number
Expires: 30 minutes

Name: _utmc 
Typical content: randomly generated number
Expires: when user exits browser

Name: _utmt 
Typical content: randomly generated number
Expires: when user exits browser

Name: _utmz 
Typical content: randomly generated number and information about how the page was reached (eg directly or via a link, organic search or paid search)
Expires: 6 months

In addition, we use cookies to support our Content Delivery Network, Cloudflare. The cookie is used to identify individual clients behind a shared IP address and apply security settings on a per-client basis. For example, if the visitor is in a coffee shop where there are infected machines, but the specific visitor’s machine is trusted (e.g. because they’ve completed a challenge within your Challenge Passage period), the cookie allows us to identify that client and not challenge them again. It does not correspond to any user ID in your web application, and does not store any personally identifiable information.

Name: _cfduid 
Typical content: randomly generated number
Expires: 1 year

Cookies for managing your current visit

To remember the selections or preferences you’ve already made when looking at information or using a service.

Name: PHPSESSID
Purpose: to store the user’s session ID to allow the site to recognise your movement around the site as being from one computer.
Expires: when user exits browser.
Typical content: randomly generated number

Name: nc
Purpose: security related, helps with management of PHPSESSID
Expires: When user exists browser
Typical content: 0 or 1

Name: status_banner_cookie
Purpose: stores acceptance of cookies terms.
Expires: 1 week
Typical content: 0 or 1

Name: scnb-cookie-terms
Purpose: stores acceptance of cookies terms.
Expires: 1 year
Typical content: 0 or 1

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 may embed media such as YouTube videos. 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. Parliament does not control how a third party uses their cookies. You should check these third party websites’ privacy policies for more information about their cookies if you are concerned about this.

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 www.aboutcookies.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.