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Cookies used by Cumbria County council

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What are cookies?

Cookies are small files of letters and numbers downloaded on to a device when you access certain websites. Cookies allow some of our websites to recognise a user's device and provide content accordingly.

The law which applies to how cookies are used for storing information on your equipment (such as your computer or mobile device) has changed. We have provided you with information about how our site uses cookies, and how to disable them if you wish.

To make it clearer for you, we've divided how we use cookies into four different categories:

Setting-based
- this type of cookie is used to remember a setting or preference, such as a colour or the size of text on a page.

Feature-based
- this type of cookie is used to remember information about a feature on a page, such as the fact that you've watched a video clip or listened to an audio file previously.

Function-based
- this type of cookie is used to remember information about how you use a website, and provide analytical information to site administrators.

Third-party
- this type of cookie is created by a third-party, and can also fall under the categories of 'Setting', 'Feature' and 'Functional'. Where third-party cookies are present on our sites, we will attempt to be as upfront and clear as possible about their intended purpose.

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Cookies on cumbria.gov.uk
Cookie(s)CategoryWhat the purpose isHow to blockWhat would happen
Google Analytics cookies

Function-based

Third-party

Analytical information is captured in some areas of the main site, to help us improve services and better understand user requirements.  This information is captured through a free service provided by Google (Google Analytics), using multiple cookies.Google Analytics cookies can be blocked in a number of ways.  Google offers an opt-out browser add-on for most modern web browsers, or cookies can be disabled directly within your browserBlocking Google Analytics cookies will provide no reduced service to you, but we will be unable to capture detailed information about your experience online.
SOCITM survey cookies

Feature-based

Function-based

Third-party

A sitewide survey service provided by SOCITM, is used by us to obtain feedback about your experience of our website.  The service uses cookies to determine whether a customer has previously completed a survey on our website or has declined to take part.  The use of a cookie prevents the same customer using the same user account on the same computer from being asked to participate in the survey again during the current survey year.  Cookies are set to expire one year after their creation.To ensure this cookie is not downloaded, we recommend that you disable cookies directly within your browserIf you clear your cookies, either manually or automatically at the end of visiting our site, you may be invited to participate in the survey again the next time you return to our website.  In addition, if you visit our website from a different system or using a different user name then you may be invited to participate in the survey again.  If you have cookies turned off by default, the service will never invite you to participate in the survey.
Govmetric cookie

Feature-based

Function-based

Third-party

A service, called GovMetric, is used by us to obtain feedback about your experience of our website.  The GovMetric service places a cookie on your device from govmetric.com, whenever you rate a page on our website.  If the cookie is set to expire at midnight on the day it is created, and it contains a set of values, one for each page rating you have made.  These values are identification numbers which link back to a central database (maintained by Govmetric) giving us details of your rating and additional analytical information.To ensure this cookie is not downloaded, we recommend that you disable cookies directly within your browserBlocking cookies from this service will provide no reduced service to you, but we may occasionally be unable to determine if additional feedback has been provided in error.
Site search cookie

Setting-based

Third-party

Our site search engine provider Open Objects, uses technology that will drop a cookie to your device.  The purpose of this cookie is to record session information, but his has been disabled for our installation of the service.  The cookie is still dropped onto your device, although no information is recorded, and we are working with Open Objects to investigate how we can provide this service without the use of the cookie.To ensure this cookie is not downloaded, we recommend that you disable cookies directly within your browserBlocking cookies from this service will provide no reduced service to you.
YouTube cookie

Feature-based

Third-party

Webpages on the site occasionally include embedded YouTube videos.  Where this occurs, YouTube can drop standard, and flash-based, cookies to collect analytical information.To ensure these cookies are not downloaded, we recommend that you disable cookies directly within your browserBlocking YouTube cookies may prevent some videos from playing properly.