Understanding Cookies

What is a cookie?

A cookie is a simple text file, which usually contains a site name and a unique user ID that is downloaded onto your computer when you visit a website. If a site uses cookies, a cookie will be downloaded onto your device when you use that site for the first time. If you then return to that site, your device checks to see if it has a cookie that is relevant (contains the site name) and will then send that information back to the site.

What do we use cookies for?

We use cookies to measure how people use the website, so it can be updated and improved based on user needs. Cookies on https://www.guildford.gov.uk aren't used to identify you personally.

The type of cookies we use are:

1. Fundamental to the use of the site (known as a session cookie)
2. To help us evaluate and improve our site usage and plan improvements using Google Analytics and Siteimprove (also known as a session cookie)
3. To enhance the site we sometimes use photo and video content from other websites, for example, YouTube. Pages with embedded content, such as video, may present cookies from these sites. These are third party cookies, and as we do not have control over these sites, you should check the third party website for more information.

You can change your cookie settings

You can set your preferences in your browser to block cookies. Find out how to do this at All about Cookies. It is worth noting that if you change your browser settings and reject cookies it may limit your use of the council and other websites.