Cookies

Cookies are small text files that websites save to your computer. The cookies used by the College of Policing websites don’t contain any of your personal information, and we can’t use them to find out who you are.

Cookies are small files that are stored on your computer. A cookie often includes a randomly generated number which is stored on your device. Many cookies are automatically deleted after you finish using the website.

 

What cookies does the College of Policing use?

First-party cookies (cookies set by us)

These are cookies set by the College of Policing web domain known as ‘first-party’ cookies. Some are necessary for the functionality of the site, others provide information to us that we analyse to monitor and improve the site. These first-party cookies do not store or collect any personal information or anything that make you personally identifiable to us. Typically, the cookies generate a random, unique number to store information about a user.

Cookies for measuring website usage

Google Analytics cookies: _utma, _utmb, _utmc, _utmz

Purpose: to record how many people are using the website and how they move around the site once they’ve arrived

Data stored by cookies:

_utma stores each user’s number of visits, time of the first visit, the previous visit and the current visit

_utmb and _utmc checks how long a visitor stays on the site: when a visit starts and ends

_utmz tracks where a visitor came from (search engine, search keyword, link)

Duration of cookies:

_utma expires two years after your last visit to this site

_utmb expires 30 minutes after your visit, or after 30 minutes of inactivity

_utmc expires at the end of a session (when you close your browser)

_utmz expires six months after it was last set

 

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 the About Cookies website, 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.