Cookies - How we use them on this website

What is a cookie?

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 as well as analysing your journey through the site, to help us improve your experience as a user.

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 online services, to help us improve the website
  • letting you change text size, you can use the icons at the top of every web page to change the size of the text. You can also increase the text size and view a high visibility colour scheme
  • remembering if you have set the navigation to be open or closed e.g. "Your services"
  • remembering whether you have set the options open or closed in the personalised section on the homepage

This is done through small files known as cookies. They cannot be used to identify you personally.

A cookie is a small text file usually containing a random and unique identifier that is sent to your browser from a web server and then stored onto your computer's hard drive. They are used to store information about you on your computer.

For more information about cookies see the All about cookies web site.

The cookies we use

We use cookies in some of our in-house applications developed by Bury Council and in third party applications which we have purchased to help deliver services. Further details are below.

Session cookies

These are temporary cookie files, which are erased when you close your browser. When you restart your browser and go back to the site that created the cookie, the website will not recognize you. You will have to log back in (if login is required) or select your preferences/themes again if the site uses these features. A new session cookie will be generated, which will store your browsing information and will be active until you leave the site and close your browser.

List of session cookies used on this web site (all on domain bury.gov.uk):

  • iCMR3nd3rF0nt51z3 - Used by JavaScript on various pages
  • __utmc - Used by JavaScript on various pages
  • session-id - Used when logging in to Revenues and Benefits online system
  • anon-session - Used when logging in to Revenues and Benefits online system
  • ASPSESSIONIDSQBTDRSR - Remembers search criteria: course titles etc. in the Terms system
  • ASP.NET_SessionId - General session cookie which stops you having to log in after each page
  • SESSION_SCOPE - Remembers author, titles etc. in the library catalogue system
  • III_SESSION_ID - Remembers author, titles etc. in the library catalogue system
  • III_EXPT_FILE - Remembers author, titles etc. in the library catalogue system

Persistent cookies

Persistent cookies help websites remember your information and settings for any future visits. This results in faster and more convenient access since, for example, you don't have to login again.

Besides authentication, other website features made possible by persistent cookies include: language selection, theme selection, menu preferences, internal site bookmarks or favourites, among many others. On your first visit, the website is presented in default mode. During your visit, you select your preferences and these preferences are remembered, through the use of the persistent cookie, the next time you visit the site.

List of persitent cookies used on this web site (all on domain bury.gov.uk):

  • __utmz - Used by JavaScript
  • __utmb - Used by JavaScript
  • __utma - Used by JavaScript
  • mode - General session cookie
  • clientvars - General session cookie

Google analytics

Google analytics also uses cookies to track site visitors.

JavaScript code that sets cookies

JavaScript code can also be used to set cookies. This use of cookies can be conditional, e.g. only activated when the user clicks on a particular page item or performs a particular action, or they can be set as soon as a page is visited. They are mainly used to save your settings as you go through the web site, for things like opening and closing navigation boxes, choosing personalisation settings on the home page etc.

Third party cookies which may be used from time to time

Only on rare occasions would we ever embed YouTube flash movies in our web pages. By default the code to embed a movie would set both browser (HTTP) cookies and Flash cookies (Flash Storage Objects). If we have a video on YouTube, we would normally just provide a link to the video on the YouTube web site.

Very occasionally, some of our web pages may include Twitter functionality. The "Twitter Resources" site makes available a number of "buttons" and "widgets" to embed on our pages, for example the "Follow button" and lists of recent Tweets.

There may be some occasions when we would use a Facebook "social plug in" tool to add various Facebook functions to our site, for example the "Like button". When we do this, Facebook sets browser cookies when a user visits a page on our site which includes an embedded Facebook function. Additionally, if the user is already logged into Facebook then Facebook will know that the user has visited our site.

To delete cookies or reject cookies

We recommend you allow the cookies we set by this website as they help us provide a better service and make our website easier to use.

If you do not want to receive cookies from this website, select cookie settings under the privacy settings in your browser options, then add our domain to the list of websites you do not want to accept cookies from. Under settings you can also delete individual cookies or any cookies that your browser has stored.

If you set your browser to refuse all cookies, please be aware that there may be functionality on various websites that does not work.