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Cookies

The manage your water abstraction or impoundment licence service will put small files known as ‘cookies’ on to your computer.

These cookies are used to:

  • help us understand how you use the service, so we can make improvements
  • remember what notifications you have seen so that you are not shown them more than once

Find out how to manage cookies on the Information Commissioners' website.

Google Analytics cookie

We use Google Analytics to collect information about how you use the service. This information helps us to make improvements.

The Google analytics cookie collects and stores information about:

  • the pages you visit - how long you spend on each page
  • how you got to the service
  • what you click on while you are using the service
Name Purpose Expires
_ga Used to identify unique users and inform referring sites, visitor and session counts. 2 years
_gid Used to identify unique users and inform referring sites, visitor and session counts. 24 hours
_gat Used to protect the server and ensure accurate statistics are tracked for the service. 1 minute
_gat_UA-103551669-1 Used to protect the Google Analytics server by limiting the number of requests being made. 1 minute
__utma Tracks how often you use the service. The cookie is updated every time data is sent to Google Analytics. 2 years after each visit to the service
__utmt Used to protect the Google Analytics server by limiting the number of requests being made. 10 minutes
__utmb Tracks when you enter the service so we know how long you use the service for. The cookie is updated every time data is sent to Google Analytics. 30 minutes after each visit to the service
__utmc Tracks when you leave the service so we know how long you use the service for. When you close your browser
__utmz Tracks traffic source, which is where you entered the service from. 6 months after each visit to the service
__utmv May be used to segment our users (by sector, for example) for reporting purposes. 2 years after each visit to the service

Google is not allowed to use or share our analytics data with anyone.



Session cookies

We store session cookies on your computer to help keep your information secure while you use the service.

Name Purpose Expires
sid Used for session management. 24 hours


Introductory message cookie

When you first use the service, you may see a cookie message appear at the top of the screen. Once you have seen the message, we store a cookie on your computer so it knows not to show it again.

Name Purpose Expires
seen_cookie_message Stores information to let us know that you have seen our cookie message. 1 month