Our Cookie Policy

This website uses "cookies" which help us to provide you with a good browsing experience and to improve our website. If you do not wish to accept cookies, please see the section below explaining how to disable cookies in your browser.

By continuing to browse the site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies as set out below. If you do not agree to our placing cookies on your computer, then you should decide to not visit the site, delete the cookies after having visited the site, or visit the site using your browser’s anonymous usage setting.

Please read this cookie policy carefully for more details about the information we collect when you use this site. We may update our Cookies Policy at any time and any changes made will appear here and become effective immediately. Your continued use of this website is taken as meaning that you agree to any such changes.

What is a cookie?

A cookie is a very small file that is placed on an internet user's hard drive. It is generated by a web server, the hardware (computer) or software (computer program) that helps to deliver web content via the Internet. The information the cookie contains is set by the web server and it can be used by the web server whenever the user visits the site. A cookie can be thought of as an internet user's identification card, which tells a website when the user has returned.

Cookies cannot access the user's hard drive, so a cookie can't read other information saved on the hard drive, or get a user's email address etc. They only contain and transfer to the web server as much information as the users themselves have disclosed to a website.

What does a cookie look like?

Below is the content of a typical cookie from our website:

SESS6af0e18ca4b960f4be24e42a92c67d36 f06i799dmu3v74c20d3cso1a03
1536 2562317056

These codes will only make sense to our web server.

Cookies used by this site

We use the following types of cookies:

  • Strictly necessary cookies: These are cookies that are required for the operation of our website. They include, for example, cookies that enable you to log into secure areas of our website;
  • Analytical/performance cookies: These allow us to recognize and count the number of visitors and to see how visitors move around our website when they are using it. This helps us to improve the way our website works well by ensuring that users are finding what they are looking for easily;
  • Functionality cookies: These are used to recognize you when you return to our website. For example, they enable us to personalize our content for you, help you look at videos and remember your preferences;
  • Targeting cookies: These cookies record your visit to our website, the pages you have visited and the links you have followed. We will use this information to make our website more relevant to your interests.

You can find more information about the individual cookies we use and the purposes for which we use them in the table below:

Cookie Description
SESS6[32 character random string] This is a "session identifier" used by our web content management system to recognise that subsequent page requests originate from the same web browser.
SSL_SESS6[32 character random string] This secure session identifier is used by our web content management system to recognise a person who has created an account and has logged into our website as an authenticated user.
has_js This cookie is placed by our web content management system to remember whether your browser has JavaScript enabled. The information it stores is in the form of a 1 or a 0.
ASP.NET_SessionId When a user connects to our online services ASP.NET application, a unique session ID will be affiliated with the user. This cookie will contain the user's session ID and will expire at the end of the user's session (i.e. when the browser is closed).
ASPXAUTH The ASPXAUTH cookie is used to determine that an authenticated user is logging into the online services system. This cookie will expire at the end of the user's session.
RemberEnergovUserID When you sign in with your username and password and check the "Remember me" box, our online services system will use a cookie so your browser "remembers" this information so you won't have to sign in each time you come back.
These Google Analytics 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. Further information is available about these cookies here: http://www.morevisibility.com/analyticsblog/from-__utma-to-__utmz-google-analytics-cookies.html
_unam This third party cookie is used by the ShareThis service. It allow you to use the Share buttons on each page across various social networks such as Twitter, Facebook etc. The cookie monitors web pages viewed, navigation and time spent on each page. The ShareThis service only personally identifies you if you have separately signed up with ShareThis and given them your consent. Further information about this cookie can be found here: http://sharethis.com/privacy
This third party cookie is used by the Vimeo video hosting service to allow videos to be embedded within our website. Further information about these cookie can be found here: http://vimeo.com/cookie_policy
Brightcove is another video streaming service that hosts and streams the videos on this site. Brightcove’s cookies are used in order to enable the Brightcove service to detect the speed of your internet connection and stream an appropriate version of the video. They also enable Brightcove to monitor and improve the quality of service and to troubleshoot video quality issues.

How to delete or block our cookies

Most Internet browsers allow you to change your cookie settings. These settings are usually found in the 'Options' or 'Preferences' menu of your internet browser, otherwise the 'Help' option in your internet browser should provide more details. Typically, you can block cookies by activating the setting on your browser that allows you to refuse all or some cookies.

Please note that unless you have adjusted your browser setting so that it will refuse cookies, our system will issue cookies as soon as you visit our site. Also, if you choose to reject the cookies, certain parts of the site may not be available to you or may not function properly

Further information

To find out more about cookies, including how to see what cookies have been set and how to block, manage and delete them, please visit www.allaboutcookies.org.