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About cookies and why we use them

The North Yorkshire County Council website places small files called cookies onto your computer or mobile device when you visit the website. Cookies are widely used in order to make websites work, or work more efficiently, as well as to provide information to the owners of the site. For example, to help understand how users enter and navigate through the site.

Visit All About Cookies for more information, including how to see what cookies have been set.

Strictly necessary cookies

These essential cookies always need to be on because the website cannot function properly without them. These cookies can only be disabled by changing your browser preferences.

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You may see a banner when you visit our website inviting you to accept cookies or review your settings. We set a cookie so that your computer knows you’ve seen it and not to show it again, and also to store your settings.

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Information banners appear at the top of some webpages when we need to alert users to important information. It may cover the entire site or a section of it.

A cookie is set when an information banner is closed to prevent it from reappearing on subsequent pages.

There are multiple information banners used across the site. Each information banner cookie will have an ID associated with it, for example: newsflash_02369b87-7fd8-49c5-b334-5e00971ec815.

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Cookies that measure website use

We use Google Analytics to measure how you use the website and your web performance experience while visiting so we can improve it based on user needs. We do not allow Google to use or share the data about how you use this site.

Google Analytics sets cookies that store anonymised information about:

  • how you got to the site;
  • the pages you visit on the site and how long you spend on each page;
  • what you click on while you're visiting the site.

Demographic information is collected, however this is aggregated and anonymised data and we cannot identify individuals or personal details from this information. For more information visit cookies and Google Analytics and the Google privacy policy.

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We sometimes use analytics to try out different versions of pages to see which work better for users (‘multivariate testing’). We’ll save a cookie so that you consistently see the same version when browsing the website.

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In these instances, please refer to the cookies policy of the third party for further information about their cookies and details on how to opt out.

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