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Some areas of our website are built by third-party suppliers who also set cookies on our behalf.
Cookies used on our website
The following table lists the cookies you may come across on our website. Note that several of them perform similar functions:
|Name of cookie||Description and usage of cookie|
This cookie is essential to be able to use our website. It is created as soon as you visit our website, and stores a unique identifier for your session. This session cookie is stored in temporary memory and is erased when you close your web browser.
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Our website uses Google Analytics (a web analytics service provided by Google, Inc). Google Analytics sets a cookie in order to evaluate your use of the website and compile reports for us on activity on the website. It is using these reports that we base our decisions on where information should be placed to make it easier for you to find.
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 contrast modes i.e. colour scheme and text size cookies.
These are used for some of our online forms. These are required so the forms work correctly and remember the data you are inserting. They expire when you close your browser.
We conduct web visitor exit surveys which deposit a cookie on your browser. The cookie is deposited so that a record is kept of how many times the user is prompted to complete the form. If this is disabled you will always get a prompt as the survey software will not know you've prompted previously.
CFID and CFToken
The Unettie (picture archives) website uses these two cookies which are essential for its software (Coldfusion) to work properly.
Third party cookies
Third party cookies are cookies set by other websites whose services we use. Below you will find a list of the third party cookies used on our website:
Online mapping: http://maps.northyorks.gov.uk/connect/
This is the online mapping system which provides users with the opportunity to find points of interest and displays maps for various services throughout the county. The system uses one recently used addresses cookie named 'LocatorHistory'. This is a persistent cookie which is remembered between sessions. The purpose of this cookie is to allow the mapping system to keep a record of recently selected addresses a user has zoomed to. The cookie persists for 259 days.
Overdrive ebooks: http://northyorks.lib.overdrive.com/
Google Analytics: http://www.google.com/
The "Share" button which appears on our website is a third party product from the supplier: Clearspring. It allows you to bookmark and share the web page you are visiting. For more information please view the AddThis privacy and data practices policy.