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. These include small files 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
- 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 online services, to help us improve the website.
By modifying your browser preferences, you have the choice to accept all cookies, to be notified when a cookie is set or to reject all cookies. However, you should be aware that if cookies are rejected you will not be able to use some of the online services provided by this site. For more information on cookies please visit the 'about cookies' website.
Below is a list of cookies used on our website, grouped by what they do:
Cookies for storing your preferences
||Remembers page requests and is removed at the end of a session.
|Keeps a record of the pages visited to create a 'bread crumb' trail, allowing the individual to see the pages last visited. Expires at the end of the session.
|Retains information of accessibility settings if applied. Font height, contract (yellow text on black background) and text only feature.
||Displays 'yes' cookie value.
Cookies for improving service measuring traffic
We use Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google, in order to find out how visitors interact with Bridgend County Borough Council website so we can improve it. Information is collected anonymously and website trends are reported without identifying individual visitors.
||Keeps track of the number of times a visitor has been to the site, when their first visit was, and when their last visit occurred. It expires after two years.
|__utmb and __utmc
The B and C cookies work together to calculate how long a visit takes.
__utmb takes a timestamp of the exact moment in time when a visitor enters a site, while __utmc takes a timestamp of the exact moment in time when a visitor leaves a site.
__utmb expires at the end of the session. __utmc waits 30 minutes, and then it expires.
__utmc has no way of knowing when a user closes their browser or leaves a website, so it waits 30 minutes for another pageview to happen, and if it doesn't, it expires.
|| Keeps track of where the visitor came from, what search engine was used, what link was clicked on, what keyword was used, and where they were in the world when the website was accessed. It expires after six months.