Cookies policy

 

What are cookies?

Cookies are small text files placed on your computer when you visit.  The files are sent back and forth with web pages and can be used to identify that you have previously visited a site, or to store small pieces of information locally with you.



How does the Civil Service College use cookies?

The only cookies we use are those that give us an understanding of the movements and activities of visitors to our website so that we can make improvements to it.  We use Google Analytics to collect and monitor this information such as the pages that you visit, how long you are on our site, and how you found us. The cookies that Google set on our site do not collect or store any of your personal information (e.g. your name or address) so they cannot be used to identify you. We do not allow Google to use or share our analytics data.

The cookie names for Google Analytics are as follows:

_utma

_utmb

_utmc

_utmz



Are cookies dangerous?

The cookies used on the Civil Service College website do not jeopardise the security of your computer or device. Cookies are just very small pieces of text with letters and numbers arranged in patterns that only make sense to the web service that created them - they can't be used to spread viruses or other malicious software.



Cookie law

The Privacy and Electronic Communications (EC Directive) Regulations 2003 (amended by Privacy and Electronic Communications (EC Directive) (Amendment) Regulations 2011) became law in the UK on 26 May 2011. After a one year grace period the Information Commissioner's Office will enforce this Law from 26 May 2012.

The Law was developed primarily to target the use of online behavioural advertising. This is the kind of advertising most of us are now familiar with, where after visiting a shopping site or similar and then browsing to another page, the items you viewed on the first site appear in advertising on the second. This is achieved through the use of cookies placed on your computer by the first site.

The Civil Service College does not place these kinds of cookies on your computer.



Can website users choose to block cookies?

Cookies are important tools in delivering web-based services and improving user experience.

You can choose to enable or disable cookies in your browser - most browsers are set to accept cookies by default. For detailed information about how to manage or disable cookies please visit AllAboutCookies and choose the operating system and browser you are using.

Google themselves also offer free opt-out solutions for their services that we use

http://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout - for opting out of Google Analytics



More information and help

More information on cookies and the changes in the law can be obtained from:

http://www.youronlinechoices.eu/

If you have any questions, concerns or comments about cookies please email enquiries@civilservicecollege.org.uk