'Cookies' are small text files that are stored on your computer or mobile phone and are placed there by your browser (e.g. Internet Explorer or Safari). Websites are able to use these files to store things such as personalisation details or user preferences. They act as a “memory” for the website.
A webpage may be made up of information from different web domains. In the case of pages on this site, the majority of the content is from nottinghamshire.gov.uk, but may also include information from google.com (for statistics), readspeaker.com (for talking website), addthis.com (for sharing content), youtube.com (for videos), twitter.com (for updates from our twitter account), and facebook.com (for displaying updates from facebook pages). Each of these domains may place cookies, but they can only access cookies they place (so, for example, youtube.com cannot use a cookie placed by nottinghamshire.gov.uk)
A visit to a page on nottinghamshire.gov.uk may generate the following types of cookie:
Cookies used on Nottinghamshire.gov.uk
Site performance cookies
We may generate cookies to assist with site performance, for example to choose video streaming speeds which are compatible with your browser.
Session cookies are used to remember information you enter during your visit to the site. This is the type of cookie we place when you close the cookie statement on a page. They are also used to remember what you have entered into forms so you can move backwards and forwards without the information disappearing. Once you leave the website the cookies expire.
Anonymous analytics cookies:
Every time a user visits our website, web analytics software provided by Google generates an anonymous analytics cookie. These cookies can tell us whether or not you've visited the site before. Your browser will tell us if you have these cookies, and if you don't, we generate new ones. This allows us to track how many individual unique users we have, and how often they visit the site. These cookies cannot be used to identify individuals; they are used for statistical purposes only. This allows us, for example, to tell which pages are the most visited at any one time.
When you register with nottinghamshire.gov.uk, we generate cookies that represent whether you are signed in or not. If you have not selected 'Remember Me,' your cookies get deleted when you either close your browser or shut down your computer.
Third party cookies
On some pages of the our website components supplied by third parties may also set their own anonymous cookies, for the purposes of tracking the success of their application, or customising the application for you. Because of how cookies work we cannot access these cookies, nor can the third parties access the data in cookies used by us. This is the case for our Twitter and Facebook ‘plug ins’
It is usually possible to stop your browser accepting cookies, or to stop it accepting cookies from a particular website. However, you may find that some aspects of nottinghamshire.gov.uk stop working or work less well if you do this. (For example, we cannot tell if you are signed in without using cookies, so you would not be able to post comments.)
All modern browsers allow you to change your cookie settings. These settings will typically be found in the 'options' or 'preferences' menu of your browser.
We do not recommend turning cookies off when visiting nottinghamshire.gov.uk, as this will prevent you from registering, signing in, and using many of the services on the site.
We do not use advertising cookies at the moment, but if you are concerned about third party cookies generated by advertisers, you can turn these off by going to the Internet Advertising Bureau's (IAB) consumer site.
You can also visit the trade body representing these advertising platforms for more information: NetworkAdvertising Initiative
If you would like to find out more about cookies and their use on the Internet, you may find the following links useful:
The IAB has provided a website to give information about privacy issues around Internet advertising.
For further legal information about privacy issues, you may find these links useful: