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 small files are known as cookies.
These pieces of information are used to improve services for you through, for example:
enabling a service to recognise your device so you don't have to give the same information several times during one task
measuring how many visitors are using the services of this website.
See the BBC Webwise website a good source of information about cookies.
Cookies set by basildon.gov.uk:
A cookie is used by our on-line payments system and is used to pass information to the Royal Bank of Scotland for the payment to take place. If you have cookies disabled for our site then you will not be able to make any payments.
Cookies set by Third Parties:
A cookie is used in relation to our website feedback survey. This cookie records if you have previously indicated you would prefer not to answer the survey, meaning it will not ask you again on subsequent visits. If you choose to reject this cookie, you will be asked to participate in the survey every time you visit.
Socitm_include_me(x) - indicates that a customer has accepted the survey and is either in the process of completing it or has completed it. The customer will not be asked to participate in this version of the survey again.
Socitm_exclude_me(x) - indicates that a customer has rejected the survey and will not be invited to participate in this version of the survey again until the cookie expires. This cookie is also placed when the system processes the code to invite a customer to participate but detects the socitm_include_me(x) cookie while doing so and does not present the survey as a result.
Socitm_exclude_alt(x) - indicates that a customer should be excluded from an alternate survey. This cookie is placed when the system processes the code to invite a customer to participate in an alternate/additional survey but detects the socitm_include_me(x) cookie while doing so and does not present the alternate survey as a result. Note this cookie will be placed whether or not the subscriber's implementation includes alternate surveys.
When you visit this website, a web analytics cookie is used to help record your use of this website. It is used to collect statistics about site usage such as when you last visited the site. This information is then used to improve the user experience on our website. This SiteAnalyze cookie contains a randomly generated ID used to recognise your browser when you read a page. The cookie contains no personal information and is used only for web analytics.
Cookie Name: nmstat Type: Persistent Domain: .www.basildon.gov.uk Expires: 1000 days This cookie helps to record the visitor's use of the website. This information is then used to improve the user experience on the website. It is used to collect statistics about site usage such as when the visitor last visited the site. This SiteAnalyze cookie contains a randomly generated ID used to recognise the browser when a visitor reads a page. The cookie contains no personal information and is used only for web analytics.
Cookie Name: ASP.NET_SessionId Type: Non-persistent Domain: www.siteimprove.com Expires: after last visit Browser session Information. This cookie is used purely to track the sequence of pages a visitor looks at during a visit to the site. This information can be used to reduce user journeys, and enable visitors to find relevant information quicker.
Google Analytics sets cookies to help us accurately estimate the number of visitors to the website and volumes of usage. This is to ensure that the service is available when you want it and fast.
Name: _utma, typical content: randomly generated number, Expires: 2 years
Name: _utmc, typical content: randomly generated number, Expires: when user exits browser
Name: _utmz, typical content: randomly generated number + info on how the site was reached (e.g. directly or via a link, organic search or paid search), Expires: 6 months
For further details on the cookies set by Google Analytics, please refer to the Google Code Website
Domain: youtube.com (Google)
Purpose: some YouTube videos are embedded on basildon.gov.uk. A YouTube cookie is used to provide web analytics in terms of the number of times a video has been watched and/or shared.