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What are cookies?

A 'cookie' is a small piece of text stored on your computer, phone or whatever device you use to surf the Internet. Cookies have many uses, but fundamentally they are used to store information about you on your computer, or to help provide a service that you request.


How are cookies used on this website?

The cookies we use are there to enhance your experience of the site, or to allow you to perform the services you require. We do not use cookies to store information that identifies you as an individual, or pass information recorded in cookies to others.

We encourage you to accept the cookies we serve.  Alternatively, you can amend your web browser settings to prevent cookies, but this might affect your use and the functionality of this site and some features will not work if cookies are turned off or restricted.

To find out more about managing cookies on your device, please refer to www.allaboutcookies.org.


What types of cookies do you use?


Session cookies

Session Cookies are used by the server to store information about user page activities so users can easily pick up where they left off on the server's pages.  They are usually removed when the browser is closed.
 

Persistent cookies

Persistent cookies are used to store user preferences. These changes make the site easier to navigate and/or lets user leave a part of the user's “personality” at the site.  An example of this is the "My Gloucester" section of the site. These cookies expire after a certain period, or can be removed manually.
 

First party cookies

Cookies issued from the site you are visiting.  We use a number of suppliers to provide the services we offer, but the majority of cookies we place on your machine fall under this category.
 

Third party cookies

Cookies issued that are different from the site you are visiting e.g. a Twitter or Facebook feed on a page. At Gloucester City Council, payments go to a different site.


What cookies are used on this website?


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  • Cookie type: Session, First party.
  • Cookie description: Used by Google Analytics to track user count of visits to a site, when a first visit was, and a last visit.
  • Cookie behaviour: Persistent, lasts for 2 years.
     

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  • Cookie type: Session, First party.
  • Cookie description: Used by Google Analytics to track exactly when a user visits a site.
  • Cookie behaviour: Persistent, lasts for 30 minutes.
     

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  • Cookie type: Session, First party.
  • Cookie description: Used by Google Analytics to track exactly when a user leaves a site.
  • Cookie behaviour: Session only, expires on browser quit.
     

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  • Cookie type: Session, First party.
  • Cookie description: Used by Google Analytics to track how a user got to this site (where from), what link was used, what part of the world.
  • Cookie behaviour: Persistent, lasts for 6 months.


We use Google Analytics cookies (_utma, _utmb, _utmc, _utmz) to hold information about your visit to our site. This helps us better identify those services that matter to you. If you do not wish us to do this, you may either remove these cookies, or opt out of the Analytics service by installing an add-on for your browser. This can be found at tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout.