Cookies policy

When we provide services, we want to make them easy, useful and reliable. Where services are delivered on the internet, this sometimes involves placing small amounts of information on your device, for example, computer or mobile phone. These include small files known as cookies. They cannot be used to identify you personally.

Why we use cookies

These cookies are used to improve services for you, for example, by:

  • 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 anonymised data to help us understand how people interact with Charity Commission services so we can make them better

The following links explain more about these small files and how to manage them:

First party cookies

Cookie Function – Session Management

Name

Purpose

Data Stored

Expiration

OFLogon

Once you have logged on with a user name and password, so you don't have to do so for every web page you request from our service

Session ID of the user's Office Forms session

At the end of the session, at session time out, when the browser is closed or when the user logs off

Cookie Function – Personalised Content/Interface

Name

Purpose

Data Stored

Expiration

styleColour

To rememberyour selections or preferences that you've already made when looking at information or using a service

Null or default and black or white

365 days

styleText

To remember your selections or preferences that you've already made when looking at information or using a service

Small, medium or large

365 days

Cookie Function – Stop multiple submissions

Name

Purpose

Data Stored

Expiration

TimedPopup

If you have answered a survey, in order to prevent another invitation to respond to it

 

1 or 0

30 days

Cookie Function – Transaction specific

Name

Purpose

Data Stored

Expiration

ASPXAUTH

Once you have logged on with username and password, so you don't have to do it for every web page you request from our service

Encrypted registered charity number

At the end of the session, at session time out, when the browser is closed or when the user logs off.

Third party cookies

We use Google Analytics to generate information about the way our website is used. Three cookies are set via our website by Google Analytics.

Cookie Function – Web Analytics/Mtrics

Name

Purpose

Data Stored

Expiration

_utma

To understand what visitors want to use and not to use

Unique user ID generated by Google Analytics

2 years

_utmb

To understand what visitors want to use and not to use

Session ID generated by Google Analytics

30 minutes

_utmz

To understand what visitors want to use and not to use

Type of referral used to reach the site or page

6 months

How to control and delete cookies

We will not use cookies to collect personally identifiable information about you.

However, if you wish to restrict or block the cookies which are set by our websites, or indeed any other website, you can do this through your browser settings. The 'Help' function within your browser should tell you how.

Alternatively, you may wish to visit www.aboutcookies.org/ which contains comprehensive information on how to do this on a wide variety of browsers. You will also find details on how to delete cookies from your machine as well as more general information about cookies.

Please be aware that restricting cookies may impact on the functionality of our website.

If you wish to view your cookie code, just click on a cookie to open it. You'll see a short string of text and numbers. The numbers are your 'identification card', which can only be seen by the server that gave you the cookie.

For information on how to do this on the browser of your mobile phone you will need to refer to your handset manual.

Third party cookies

To opt-out of third-parties collecting any data regarding your interaction on our website, please refer to their websites for further information.

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