Cookies Policy

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:

  • 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 Octavia digital 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

If you'd like to learn how to remove cookies set on your device, visit: http://www.aboutcookies.org/Default.aspx?page=1

Our use of cookies’

‘First-party’ cookies

Name Purpose Content Expiry
PHPSESSID To remember your selections or preferences that you’ve already made when looking at information or using a service Randomly generated number When user exits browser

 

Third-party cookies

Name Purpose Content Expiry
__utma Google Analytics sets cookies to help us accurately estimate the number of visitors to the website and volumes of usage, e.g. website statistics. This to ensure that the service is available when you want it and fast (More Info) Randomly generated number 2 years
_utmb Google Analytics sets cookies to help us accurately estimate the number of visitors to the website and volumes of usage, e.g. website statistics. This to ensure that the service is available when you want it and fast (More Info) Randomly generated number 30 minutes
__utmc Google Analytics sets cookies to help us accurately estimate the number of visitors to the website and volumes of usage, e.g. website statistics. This to ensure that the service is available when you want it and fast (More Info) Randomly generated number when user exits browser
__utmz Google Analytics sets cookies to help us accurately estimate the number of visitors to the website and volumes of usage, e.g. website statistics. This to ensure that the service is available when you want it and fast (More Info) Randomly generated number 2 years
bt AddThis sets cookies to help serve social media buttons, they never store personal information unless provided and this is non-personally identifiable information. (More Info) Randomly generated number 695 days
ssh AddThis sets cookies to help serve social media buttons, they never store personal information unless provided and this is non-personally identifiable information. (More Info) Randomly generated number 696 days
sshs AddThis sets cookies to help serve social media buttons, they never store personal information unless provided and this is non-personally identifiable information. (More Info) Randomly generated number 696 days
ssc AddThis sets cookies to help serve social media buttons, they never store personal information unless provided and this is non-personally identifiable information. (More Info) Randomly generated number 721 days
loc AddThis sets cookies to help serve social media buttons, they never store personal information unless provided and this is non-personally identifiable information. (More Info) Randomly generated number 88 days
uit AddThis sets cookies to help serve social media buttons, they never store personal information unless provided and this is non-personally identifiable information. (More Info) Randomly generated number Less than one day
di AddThis sets cookies to help serve social media buttons, they never store personal information unless provided and this is non-personally identifiable information. (More Info) Randomly generated number 730 days
dt AddThis sets cookies to help serve social media buttons, they never store personal information unless provided and this is non-personally identifiable information. (More Info) Randomly generated number 30 days
uid AddThis sets cookies to help serve social media buttons, they never store personal information unless provided and this is non-personally identifiable information. (More Info) Randomly generated number 730 days
uvc AddThis sets cookies to help serve social media buttons, they never store personal information unless provided and this is non-personally identifiable information. (More Info) Randomly generated number 730 days
psc AddThis sets cookies to help serve social media buttons, they never store personal information unless provided and this is non-personally identifiable information. (More Info) Randomly generated number 730 days
locale These cookies are created by Facebook, they let the website know if you've liked something or logged in to your Facebook account. In this case they are present because the 'Like' button is being used on the website. (More Info) Randomly generated number 4 days
datr These cookies are created by Facebook, they let the website know if you've liked something or logged in to your Facebook account. In this case they are present because the 'Like' button is being used on the website. (More Info) Randomly generated number 727 days
lu These cookies are created by Facebook, they let the website know if you've liked something or logged in to your Facebook account. In this case they are present because the 'Like' button is being used on the website. (More Info) Randomly generated number 727 days
guest_id These cookies are created by Twitter, they let the website know if you've logged in to your Twitter account. In this case they are present because the 'Tweet' button is being used on the website. (More Info) Randomly generated number 689 days
pid These cookies are created by Twitter, they let the website know if you've logged in to your Twitter account. In this case they are present because the 'Tweet' button is being used on the website. (More Info) Randomly generated number 721 days
twll These cookies are created by Twitter, they let the website know if you've logged in to your Twitter account. In this case they are present because the 'Tweet' button is being used on the website. (More Info) Randomly generated number 3645 days
k These cookies are created by Twitter, they let the website know if you've logged in to your Twitter account. In this case they are present because the 'Tweet' button is being used on the website. (More Info) Randomly generated number 4 days

 

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.

 

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