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Cookies Policy

What is a cookie?

Most websites you visit will use cookies in order to improve your user experience by enabling that website to ‘remember’ you, either for the duration of your visit (using a ‘session cookie’) or for repeat visits (using a ‘persistent cookie’).

Cookies do lots of different jobs, like letting you navigate between pages efficiently, storing your preferences, and generally improving your experience of a website. Cookies make the interaction between you and the website faster and easier. If a website doesn’t use cookies, it will think you are a new visitor every time you move to a new page on the site – for example, when you enter your login details and move to another page it won’t recognise you and it won’t be able to keep you logged in.

Some websites will also use cookies to enable them to target their advertising or marketing messages based for example, on your location and/or browsing habits.

Cookies may be set by the website you are visiting (‘first party cookies’) or they may be set by other websites who run content on the page you are viewing.

What is in a cookie?

A cookie is a simple text file that is stored on your computer or mobile device by a website’s server and only that server will be able to retrieve or read the contents of that cookie. Each cookie is unique to your web browser. It will contain some anonymous information such as a unique identifier and the site name and some digits and numbers. It allows a website to remember things like your preferences or what’s in your shopping basket.

What to do if you don’t want cookies to be set

Some people find the idea of a website storing information on their computer or mobile device a bit intrusive, particularly when this information is stored and used by a third party without them knowing. Although this is generally quite harmless you may not, for example, want to see advertising that has been targeted to your interests. If you prefer, it is possible to block some or all cookies, or even to delete cookies that have already been set; but you need to be aware that you might lose some functions of that website. When visiting The Ministry of Technology website you will be prompted by a popup in the bottom left hand corner to accept the use of cookies. Until you do this, cookies will not be stored on your computer but functionality of the site will be limited. Once you have accepted the cookies the cookie control logo will switch from orange to green.

Managing Web Browser cookies

If you don’t want to receive cookies, you can modify your browser so that it notifies you when cookies are sent to it or you can refuse cookies altogether. You can also delete cookies that have already been set.

If you wish to restrict or block web browser cookies which are set on your device then you can do this through your browser settings; the Help function within your browser should tell you how. Alternatively, you may wish to visit, which contains comprehensive information on how to do this on a wide variety of desktop browsers.

What cookies do we store?

The Ministry of Technology uses a variety of cookies...

Essential Cookies

  • ASP.NET_SessionId - Exists for the Browser lifetime. Allows identification of your browser to the server providing content for the site - The site will not function correctly without this.
  • civicAllowCookies - Persists for 4 months. Determines whether you have elected to allow cookies on this site.
  • civicShowCookieIcon - Persists for 4 months. Determines whether to show the cookies allowed icon.
  • __umb* - Various storage cookies utilised by the underlying Umbraco system; these cookies are not detailed here as they are primarilly linked to the (private) site backend. The site will not work without these.

Analytics Cookies

This site uses the following Google Analytics cookies which let us know what kind of traffic is using our site. This allows us to modify the content of the site to better fit the audience.

  • __utma - Persists for 2 years
  • __utmb - Persists for 30 minutes
  • __utmc - Exists for the Browser lifetime
  • __utmz - Persists for 6 months

Technologies we work with

You can find out more about the technologies the site works with at the following locations...