What are cookies exactly?
A cookie is a small text file stored on your computer by a website. The website stores data in the cookie that it may subsequently use as you move from page to page or in some cases the data may be sent back to the website by your browser (Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Safari or any other software used to 'browse' websites).
Cookies are not programs and cannot carry viruses or install malware on your computer.
Many cookies are automatically deleted after you finish using a website. Cookies may come with or without an expiry date: those without an expiry date (session cookies) exist until the browser is closed, while cookies with an expiry date may be stored by the device until the expiry date passes.
- we monitor how the website is used to improve our website for all users. Information is collected anonymously amd may include how a visitor entered the site (referring links), and how they navigated through the site, i.e. what information was of interest. Craven District Council collects such information indirectly when you access www.cravendc.gov.uk and the other websites or web applications that we manage (some of which are managed on behalf of Craven District Council by third party suppliers).
You can restrict or block cookies set by Craven District Council but this may limit your use of some functionality on our site, such as filling in forms and getting access to password protected areas that are in use across any of the sites we manage. However, most things you do on our site will still be possible even with cookies disabled.
Craven District Council uses third-party suppliers who also set cookies throughout our websites on our behalf to deliver the services that they are providing or to record usage. More information on the cookies we and our third-party suppliers set can be found below.
How to manage your cookies
Cookies are sent to your browser (whether you use Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Safari or any other browser) by a website and then stored in the cookies directory of your device.
Cookies used on Craven District Council's website
The following list shows the cookies you may come across on our website.
Our website is created using a 'content management system' which sets up the following cookies essential to its operation.
This cookie is created as soon as you visit our website, and stores a unique identifier for your session. This session cookie is erased when you close your web browser.
Used to maintain session information for the platforms other than Microsoft .NET that run our website.
Used to maintain session information for users who choose to view the site in different 'accessibility' modes i.e. colour scheme and text size cookies.
Used to hold address details for users who have done a 'Your Craven' search, to faciitate a second 'Your Craven' type query in the same session. This session cookie is erased when you close your web browser.
Third party cookies
These are cookies set by other websites whose services we use on our website.
The data we collect helps us identify those services that matter to you by enabling us to understand:
- how people 'find' our website
- which pages people visit on the website
- which internet browsers and what types of device are being used
Google have developed a browser Add-on which excludes Google Analytics recording your activities on any websites using Google Analytics. It's totally free and can be installed on most browsers. At the time of writing, this add-on is still in BETA (last stage of testing before commercial release).
Set by Google's CAPTCHA form-authentication system ReCAPTCHA to save user-settings between different views of the ReCaptcha system. This cookie is set by a third party system and it expires exactly two years after it is first set. If you block this cookie you can still use the form authentication system.
We do use other services and the list above may not exhaustive. We will add any new information as soon as we can. If you've any questions about any website or web application in particular please contact us via email on: firstname.lastname@example.org
Cookies on websites that we link to