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How Cookies Are Used By Carmarthenshire County Council


Carmarthenshire County Council wants to provide online services that are easy to use, useful and reliable. This can involve placing small amounts of information on your computer or mobile phone or other internet enabled devices while you are using our website. These files are known as cookies.

Also known as browser cookies or tracking cookies, these are small, often encrypted text files, located in your web browser directories. Carmarthenshire County Council use cookies to help you navigate this website efficiently and perform certain functions.

Most web browsers are set up to accept cookies. If you do not wish to receive
cookies, you are able to change the settings of your web browser to refuse cookies.

Note: Cookies are widely used in order to make websites work, or work more efficiently, as well as
to provide information to Carmarthenshire County Council as owners of the site. Disabling cookies may prevent you from using certain parts of this website.


Why Carmarthenshire County Council Uses Cookies

Cookies cannot be used to identify you personally.

The information typically stored in cookies is used to improve services for you. 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 services, so they can be made easier to use and there's enough capacity to ensure they are fast.

• Analysing data to help us understand how you use our services so we can improve on them.


Our Use Of Cookies

Cookies for measuring use of services

By understanding how people use our website, Carmarthenshire County Council can improve the information provided. This also ensures that the service is available when you want it and fast. Carmarthenshire County Council use a number of different methods of gathering this data, including services provided by the following companies:


Google Analytics

These cookies are used to collect information about how visitors use our site. We use the information to compile reports and to help us improve the site. The cookies collect information in an anonymous form, including the number of visitors to the site, where visitors have come to the site from and the pages they visited. Cookies used include:

Cookie Name: _utma
Typical Content: randomly generated number
Expires: 2 years

Cookie Name: _utmb
Typical Content: randomly generated number
Expires: 30 minutes

Cookie Name: _utmc
Typical Content: randomly generated number
Expires: when user exits browser

Cookie Name:  _utmz
Typical Content: randomly generated number and information about how the page was reached (e.g.) directly or via a link, organic search or paid search.
Expires: 6 months

For further details on the cookies set by Google Analytics, see the link below.

Cookies set by Google Analytics  (link opens in new window)


Managing Your Cookies

To find out how to allow, block, delete and manage cookies, follow the link below and select the browser you are using. You can also read your browser's built-in or online help for more information.

How to control cookies (link opens in new window)


Further Reading

Useful information about cookies can be found at:

BBC Webwise Reference
http://www.bbc.co.uk/webwise/guides/about-cookies

All About Cookies
http://www.allaboutcookies.org

Information on the ICC (UK) UK Cookie Guide
http://www.international-chamber.co.uk/blog/2012/04/02/launch-of-icc-uk-cookie-guide/

Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO)
http://www.ico.gov.uk/for_organisations/privacy_and_electronic_communications/the_guide/cookies.aspx

 

Page last updated on 28/5/2012