What are Cookies
A cookie is a small text file that may be stored on your computer or mobile device that contains data related to a website you visit. It may allow a website “remember” your actions or preferences over a period of time, or it may contain data related to the function or delivery of the site. Cookies that are required for the website to operate properly are allowed to be set without your permission. All other cookies need to be approved before they can be set in the browser.
Why we use them
- Cookies that make the website work properly for you and enable you to make use of the secure online services that we provide.
- Cookies that collect data about your use of the website, which is then anonymised and used to help us improve our online services.
- Cookies that remember your preferences and make the site easier for you to use.
- Cookies that are placed by third party services we make use of to enhance the information we present online. We have no control over these third party cookies.
These cookies are placed on your device either by the Department or by the third parties whose services we use as part of the website.
Some cookies are retained in your browser for only as long as you visit our website, while others persist for a longer specified or unspecified period.
How to change your Cookies Preferences
Most web browsers allow some control of most cookies through the browser settings. To find out more about cookies, including how to see what cookies have been set, visit www.aboutcookies.org or www.allaboutcookies.org.
Find out how to manage cookies on popular browsers:
To find information relating to other browsers, visit the browser developer's website.
To opt out of being tracked by Google Analytics across all websites, visit http://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout.
Cookies We Use
Strictly Necessary Cookies
These cookies are necessary for you to move around the website and cannot be disabled. These cookies are essential for you to browse the website and use its features, such as accessing secure areas of the site or uploading documents. Your consent is not required for these cookies.
These Cookies enable the website to remember information that changes the way the website behaves or looks, like your preferred language or the region that you are in.
These cookies collect anonymised information about how you use the website, for example, which pages you visited and which links you clicked on. None of this information can be used to identify you. Their sole purpose is to help improve website functions.
Third Party Tracking
In order to facilitate the use of ‘plug-ins’ such as YouTube, Soundcloud, Twitter and Vimeo on the website, it is necessary for the user to accept the cookies, which are automatically loaded by the third party provider as part of their service. These cookies include those, which track the user across various websites, and are generally used by the third party provider to collect data on their preferences and to provide targeted advertising. These cookies are not required in order to use our website, however certain features such as specific videos will only work if the user is happy to accept these tracking cookies.
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