Cookies

What are cookies

Cookies are small text files that are placed on your computer by websites that you visit. They are widely used in order to make websites work, or work more efficiently, as well as to provide information to the owner of the site.

Why we use cookies

We use cookies to improve things by:

  • remembering the things you’ve selected while on our website, so you don’t have to keep re-entering them whenever you visit a new page
  • remembering data you’ve given (for example, your address) so you don’t need to keep entering it
  • measuring how you use the website so we can make sure it meets your needs

By using our website, you agree that we can place these types of cookies on your device.

We don’t use cookies on this website that collect information about what other websites you visit (often referred to as privacy intrusive cookies).

Our cookies aren’t used to identify you personally. They’re just here to make the site work better for you. You can manage and/or delete these files as you wish.

Unless the law allows us to, we do not:

  • share any of the data we collect about you with others, or
  • use this data to identify individuals

Cookies used on essex.gov.uk

Google Analytics

Google Analytics is a simple, easy-to-use tool that helps website owners measure how users interact with website content.

As a user navigates between web pages, Google Analytics provides website owners JavaScript tags (libraries) to record information about the page a user has seen, for example the URL of the page. The Google Analytics JavaScript libraries use HTTP Cookies to "remember" what a user has done on previous pages and interactions with the website.

You can opt out of Google Analytics cookies

Hotjar

Hotjar cookies are used to help us understand how users interact with the website. This gives us information such as how much time people spend on a page, and what they choose to click on so that we can see what’s working well and what isn’t.

Hotjar only captures and stores a truncated version of your IP address. It is captured and stored in an anonymized format by suppressing the last octet so your full IP address never reaches Hotjar's servers and we never have access to it. Geographic location is only by Country.

You can opt out of Hotjar

Amazon Elastic Load Balancer(s)

The cookie is simply used to ensure that the user is always directed to the same server within our platform.

The cookie expires at the end of the session.

Other people’s cookies

We use videos from YouTube and feeds from other websites such as Facebook and Twitter. These websites place cookies on your device when watching or viewing these pages.

Below are links to their cookie policies:

How do I manage cookie settings?

You can stop cookies being downloaded on to your computer or other device by selecting the appropriate settings on your browser. If you do this you may not be able to use the full functionality of this website.

To find out more or control and delete cookies as you wish, visit allaboutcookies.org

Find out how to manage cookies on popular browsers:

To find information relating to other browsers, visit the browser developer's website.

Further guidance on the use of personal information can be found at the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO).

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