Understanding cookies

What is a cookie?

A cookie is a simple text file, which usually contains a site name and a unique user ID. 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. We do not use cookies 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.

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.

Cookies used on our website

What is a cookie?

A cookie is a simple text file, which usually contains a site name and a unique user ID. If a site uses cookies, a cookie will be downloaded onto your device when you first visit that site. If you then return to the 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 our website are not used to identify you personally.

The type of cookies we use :

  • are fundamental to the use of the site (known as a session cookie)
  • help us evaluate and improve our site usage and plan improvements using Google Analytics and Siteimprove (session cookie)
  • 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.

How can I turn off or control cookies?

You can set your preferences in your browser to block cookies. Find out how to do this at All About Cookies.

You can change your cookie preference on our site.

Change cookie preferences

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.

Cookies used on our website

Learn how we use cookies to improve the user's experience of our website.

Cookies on guildford.gov.uk

We limit cookies as much as possible however we do use them when we feel it will lead to improved user experience. The tables below show what cookies we use and where.

These are the cookies that are used on the main website www.guildford.gov.uk.

Cookies on main website
Cookie nameWhat the cookie doesHow long it lastsType
.AspNet.ApplicationCookieRandom string identifying browsing session to serverUntil user exits browserSession
guildfordacceptedcookieThis records that the user has accepted the cookies policy
that is displayed at the start of a new session.
Until user exits browserSession

 

Cookies used on specific subpages

My GuildfordAccount

MyGuildford Account uses cookies. Please visit the Salesforce webpage directly to find out more.

Planning consultation webpages 

These are the cookies that are used on the planning consultation pages.

You can also visit the planning consultation cookies pages directly to find out about the cookies used.

Planning consultation pages
Cookie nameWhat the cookie doesHow long it lastsType
JSESSIONIDThis cookie contains a session key that
allows the application to give you an
individual user session and remember
who you are (if you have logged in) and
where you are in any workflow
(eg. answering a multi-page questionnaire).
Until user exits browserSession
ECONSLOGON

If you have logged in with a username and
password, this cookie only stores a unique token
that our application uses to identify who you are.
It does not store any information that anyone else
could use to identify you. This cookie can persist even
after the browser has been closed if you tick
the 'keep me logged in' checkbox when you log in,
allowing you use the application without having to log in again.

Until browser close, or logout,
or if asked to 'remember me'
then +14 days

Session  or Persistent
ECONSUSERPREFSThis cookie remembers any viewing preferences
(eg. how many rows to show on a table etc)
so you don't have to set them each time you view
information in the application.
After 1 monthPersistent

 

Cookies used for transparency purposes

ModernGov

These are the cookies that are used on our council minutes, meetings, agendas etc. pages.

ModernGov pages
Cookie nameWhat the cookie doesHow long it lastsType
ASP.NET_SessionIdRandom string identifying browsing session to server.Until user exits browserSession

 

Webcasting

Please visit the Public-i webcasting cookie pages directly to find out more about the cookies used.

Cookies used for analysis and improvement

Google Analytics

We use Google Analytics software to collect information about how you use www.guildford.gov.uk, we don't allow Google to use or share our analytics data.

You can opt out of Google Analytics using the Google Analytics Opt-out Browser Add-on.

These are the cookies that Google Analytics uses.

Google Analytics
Cookie nameWhat the cookie doesHow long it lastsType
_gaThis helps us count how many people visit guildford.gov.uk by tracking if you've visited before.2 yearsPersistent
_gidThis helps us count how many people visit guildford.gov.uk by tracking if you've visited before.24 hoursPersistent

 

Siteimprove

We use Siteimprove to learn more about how people use the website.

These are the cookies that Siteimprove uses.

Siteimprove
Cookie nameWhat the cookie doesHow long it lastsType
siteimproveses

This cookie is used purely to track the sequence of pages a visitor looks at
during a visit to the site. This information can be used to create user journeys
and enable visitors to find relevant information for quickly.

Until user exits browserSession
nmstat

This cookie is used to help visitors' use of the website.
It is used to collect statistics about site usage, such as when the visitor last
visited the site. This information is then used to improve the user experience
on the website. This Siteimprove Analytics cookie contains a randomly
generated ID used to recognize the browser when a visitor reads a page.
The cookie contains no personal information and is used only for web analytics.

Expires after 1000 daysPersistent