Cookies

What is a cookie?

Cookies are small anonymous text files that are placed on your computer by websites that you visit.

Cookies do lots of different jobs, like letting you navigate between pages efficiently, remembering your preferences and generally improving your user experience.

Cookies can be categorised according to the purpose they serve. Some cookies are strictly necessary other are used to provide personalised functionality or to monitor the performance of the website.

Cookies are not used to store any personal data, the collection of personal data is governed by the Data Protection Act 1998 and explained in our site privacy policy.

We've provided links to useful websites that can explain cookies in more detail.

How to manage or delete cookies

To find out how to manage and delete them, visit www.aboutcookies.org

To opt out of being tracked by Google Analytics across all websites visit http://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout

How to manage your cookies – GOV.UK - https://www.gov.uk/help/cookies

How we use cookies

Bradford Council is committed to only using cookies that are either essential (i.e. they are required to make something work) or that help us to make your experience of using the website better.

Cookies used on this website

Cookie Name Function on the website Purpose More information
Asp session cookie

Cookie set by www.bradford.gov.uk asp pages.

A cookie is stored on the user's PC to allow values to be passed from page to page, it does not contain any information that could identify the user. The cookie is automatically deleted if a user has not requested or refreshed a page in the online application for 20 minutes.  
ASP.NET_SessionId Essential site cookie This cookie is essential for the website to operate and is set upon your arrival to the Bradford Council website. The cookie stores a randomly generated 20 character value. The cookie is deleted when you close the browser.  
ASP.NET_SessionId online bookings - sports and leisure   Deleted when browser closed
ASP.net Session ID Pcbookings 30 min Deleted when browser closed
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Cookie acceptance

This cookie is used by the website to check whether you have accepted cookies  
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Online.bradford.gov.uk

(Online forms)
This cookie is used by the browser check to test for cookie support in the browser. It's harmless and contains no personal data. It's a session cookie and is deleted when you close your browser.  
JSESSIONID Capita Online payments

This cookie is essential for the correct functioning of the Capita payment application. It is deleted when you close your browser.

It contains no data that could be used by other web sites, and the data cannot be used by this website once your payment is completed. It is deleted when you have completed your payment.

View an overview of privacy at Capita

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myservice.bradford.gov.uk

(Online benefits application forms)

This cookie sets a user session. It is destroyed when you close your browser  
JSESSIONID

Online.bradford.gov.uk

(Online forms)
This cookie sets a user session and communicates with the server. No personal data is stored. It is destroyed when you close your browser  
JSESSIONID

Public Access

(planning system)

This sets a user’s session and communicates with the server. No personal data is stored. This cookie is deleted when you close your browser  
Session Libraries Catalogue   Deleted on closure

Google Analytics and Site Analyze cookies

We use web analytics to help us improve the website.

Cookie Name Originator Cookie Name Purpose More information
nmstat SiteAnalyze   This SiteAnalyze cookie contains a randomly generated ID used to recognise your browser when you read a page. The cookie contains no personal information and is used only for web analytics. This SiteAnalyze cookie is called ‘nmstat’ in the list of cookies and is set to expire 1,000 days after your last visit  

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Google analytics   These cookies are used to collect information about how visitors use our site. We use the information to compile reports and to help us improve the site. The cookies collect information anonymously, including the number of visitors to the site, where visitors have come to the site from and the pages they visited.  

Social media cookies

We provide access to content from social media and networking websites such as YouTube and Twitter. Please check with these websites to find out how your information is used.

Cookie Name Originator Purpose More information
k from api.twitter.com Twitter widget Expires in a week  
PREF from youtube.com You tube embedded content Expires 6 months  
VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE from youtube.com You tube embedded content Expires 10 years A cookie used to remember your previous selections or preferred settings made when looking at information or using a service. Cookies remain for up to eight months when they expire. They are then deleted. You can also delete these cookies at any time.

Third party cookies

Some of our pages use content from other websites, such as Google Maps. Bradford Council does not have any control over these cookies. You should check the websites of these “third parties” to find out how your information is used.

Cookie Name Originator Purpose More information
PREF,NID, SNID, MPRF Google maps A unique reference is given to each computer to allow analysis of requests to Google Maps. Data is only used for overall visitor analysis. Cookies remain for up to two years when they expire. They are then deleted. You can also delete these cookies.  

How we use Google Analytics data

All of the data collected is anonymous and cannot identify an individual and no personal details are stored. We have given examples of how this data has helped us make improvements to our website.

Data collected on search terms

We review the search words and terms that uses put users put into our search engine and test these against the content on our website to ensure that the correct page content is being returned to the user.

Data collected on page views

We have used the data obtained on page views to analyse what task a user comes to the website to perform.

We are changing our website in a number of ways in order to promote this content and make it easier for you to find your way around our website.

Other data collected

We can use the data collected about browser version and devices that are being used by citizens to access Bradford Council's website to inform our web strategy and future development plans.

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