Cookies

Cookies

Brent Council uses cookies to track how visitors use the site, in order to improve the user's experience.

Cookies are small text files that are placed on your computer or mobile device by the websites that you visit.

Cookies are widely used in order to make websites work more efficiently, and/or enhance the user experience, as well as providing information to the owners of the site (i.e. for making customer-focused improvements to the site).

Government Digital Services have created a video which may be helpful to explain why we use cookies.

We use third party GoogleAd 'double click' cookies, which give us information on the overall demographics of the customers using our website.

This too is to help us better understand our user base to improve the overall site experience.

We may also use cookies in order to customize this site for return visitors. These cookies are not required for site functionality.

Additionally, third-party widgets such as YouTube or Flickr may install cookies depending on their configuration. You are not required to accept any cookies to use this site.

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We do not collect personal information through cookies

Any information we collect via cookies is used anonymously, simply to improve our online services and enhance your experience of our websites. We will not use the information to identify individuals or share it with anyone else.

To find out more about cookies, including how to see what cookies have been set on your computer or mobile device, and how to manage and delete them, visit www.aboutcookies.org

Google Analytics cookies

We use a tool called "Google Analytics" to collect information about use of this site.

Google Analytics collects information such as how often users visit this site, what pages they visit when they do so, and what other sites they used prior to coming to this site.

We use the information we get from Google Analytics only to improve this site.

Google Analytics collects only the IP address assigned to you on the date you visit this site, rather than your name or other identifying information.

We do not combine the information collected through the use of Google Analytics with personally identifiable information.

Although Google Analytics plants a permanent cookie on your web browser to identify you as a unique user the next time you visit this site, the cookie cannot be used by anyone but Google.

Google's ability to use and share information collected by Google Analytics about your visits to this site is restricted by the Google Analytics Terms of Use (as amended for government websites (.pdf)) and the Google Privacy Policy.

You can prevent Google Analytics from recognizing you on return visits to this site by disabling cookies on your browser.

To ensure this cookie is not placed on your computer, you will need to disable cookies directly within your browser.

Blocking cookies from this service will not stop you using our website, but we will be unable to capture information about your experience online and make improvements.

SiteImprove Analytics cookies

These cookies are used to collect information about how visitors use our site.
We use the information to analyse the customer experience and help us improve the site.

The cookies collect information in an anonymous form, including the number of visitors to the site, where visitors have come to the site from and the pages they have visited. To ensure this cookie is not placed on your computer, we recommend that you disable cookies directly within your browser.

Blocking cookies from this service will not stop you using our website, but we will be unable to capture information about your experience online and make improvements.

Google AdSense cookies

Google AdSense (third-party) uses double-click cookies to show you the most useful and relevant adverts on our website.

Please note - these cookies will only be on our main domain, and not on any of our micro-sites. These cookies will not be on any of our payment forms or sites.

You can manage your Google AdSense settings, or opt out of the DoubleClick cookie at any time by visiting the Google Ads Preference page

Opting out of this service will not stop you using our website.

YouTube cookies

We embed YouTube video on our website home page. If you play an embedded video, YouTube will place a cookie on your computer.

To ensure this cookie is not placed on your computer, we recommend that you disable cookies directly within your browser.

Blocking YouTube cookies will not stop you using our website, but may prevent videos from playing properly.

Twitter cookies

We embed a Twitter feed on our home page and News section to show the latest tweets between us and our customers.

If you click through to Twitter they may use both session cookies and persistent cookies to better understand how you interact with their service.

To ensure this cookie is not placed on your computer, we recommend that you disable cookies directly within your browser.

Blocking Twitter cookies will not stop you using our website or viewing our tweets.

 

 

Measuring traffic

Cookies for improving service by measuring traffic

Google Analytics sets cookies to help us accurately estimate the number of visitors to the website and volumes of usage. This to ensure that the service is available when you want it and fast.

Name: _utma
Typical content: randomly generated number
Expires: 2 years

Name: _utmb
Typical content: randomly generated number
Expires: 30 minutes

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

Email

Cookies for storing your email address and preferences

We use various cookies to store any details you enter, so that you (or your preferences) are remembered the next time you visit the site.

Name: fbk_email
Typical content: Your email address if you select 'Remember me on this computer' on any feedback page
Expires: 1 year

Name: U
Typical content: Unique identifier of property when selected on My Brent
Expires: 1 year

Name: fsdirpc
Typical content: Your postcode, if entered on the Family information search
Expires: About 1 year 

Name: fsdirtopcat
Typical content: A top level category selected on the Family information search
Expires: About 1 year

Name: fsdirselect
Typical content: A sub-category selected on the Family information search
Expires: About 1 year 

Name: fsdirselectC
Typical content: A sub-category selected on the Childcare by location search
Expires: About 1 year

Name: FV
Typical content: URL of a page if added as a favourite on My Brent
Expires: 1 year

Name: JSESSIONID
Typical content: Randomly generated alphanumeric string used to track a series of requests from the same user across some period of time on our online forms.
Expires: when user exits browser

Third parties

Cookies from third party systems 

We use various third party systems to host content on our site, some of these systems use cookies to improve user experience 

Name: ASP.NET_SessionId
Typical content: Randomly generated alphanumeric string used to build navigation for users in our democracy section
Expires: when user exits browser
Name of system: ModernGov 

Name: ASPSESSIONIDSSDBSBTB
Typical content: Randomly generated letter string from our jobs listing
Expires: when user exits browser
Name of system: i-Grasp

Name: fesettings%5FsecurityString
Typical content: Randomly generated alphanumeric string from our jobs listing
Expires: when user exits browser
Name of system: i-Grasp

Name: viewpoint
Typical content: Randomly generated alphanumeric string which holds a user's library history on the online catalogue
Expires: when users exits browser
Name of system: Axiell ViewPoint

Name: ASP.NET_SessionId
Typical content: Randomly generated alphanumeric string used to build navigation for users in the library's online catalogue
Expires: when user exits browser
Name of system: Axiell ViewPoint