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Privacy and cookies

If you are a user with general public and anonymous access the Defra website does not store or capture personal information, but merely logs the user’s IP address that is automatically recognised by the web server.

This privacy statement only covers the main Defra website at http://www defra.gov.uk and our archive site at http://archive.defra.gov.uk. This statement does not cover sub-domains (of the form http://subdomain.defra.gov.uk or www.subdomain.defra.gov.uk) – such addresses are typically used by web-based applications which may take different approaches to registration or logging of users – nor to links within this site to other websites.

Defra may from time to time use pixels, or transparent GIF files, to help manage certain online advertising. In either or both cases the information that we collect and share is anonymous and not personally identifiable. It does not contain your name, address, telephone number, or email address.

Cookies

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.

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
  • 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

You can manage these small files yourself and learn more about them through “Internet browser cookies – what they are and how to manage them” (on Directgov)

Our use of cookies

Cookies for improving service

When you accessed our website, we set a cookie which records the address of our web page which you first visited, to help us to locate information which may be on the old http://archive.defra.gov.uk version of our website:

Name: original-request
Typical content: the website address by which you first entered our website
Expires: when user exits browser

When you accessed our website, Google Analytics set 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

For further details on the cookies set by Google Analytics, please refer to the Google Code website

Cookies on Defra’s Twitter channel

We embed a Twitter feed in some of our pages and this uses the following cookies:

Name: k
Typical content: randomly generated number
Expires: 1 week

Name: _twitter_sess
Typical content: randomly generated number
Expires: when user exits browser

For further details on the cookies set by Twitter, please refer to the Twitter website.

Cookies on Defra’s YouTube channel

We embed videos from Defra’s YouTube channel in some of our pages and these use the following cookies:

Name: _use_hitbox
Typical content: randomly generated number
Expires: when user exits browser

Name: VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE
Typical content: randomly generated number for estimating user bandwidth
Expires: <1 year

Name: PREF
Typical content: randomly generated number for session preferences
Expires: 20 years

Name: GEO
Typical content: randomly generated number
Expires: when user exits browser

For further details on the cookies set by YouTube, please refer to the You Tube website.

Changes to this privacy policy

If this privacy policy changes in any way, we will place an updated version on this page. Regularly reviewing this page ensures that you are always aware of what information we collect, how we use it and under what circumstances, if any, we will share it with other parties.

Page published: 10 April 2013