Cookies

What is a cookie?

When you use our website, a text file called a 'cookie' is placed in a directory on your computer. This file is passed through to our web server.

Cookies allow websites to remember your preferences (for example, if you have specified that you would like the website to appear in high contrast or you would like My Darlington+ to remember your password, the cookie will remember this for you)

Cookies can be sessional (they only last for the time you are on the website) or persistent (they last for a certain length of time)

The cookies that we use cannot harm your computer in any way or give away any of your personal information.

EU ePrivacy directive

On 26 May 2011, the European Union brought in new laws which state websites must get "explicit consent" from web users where cookies are used. Websites must also tell users about cookies and what they are going to use the information for.

Because of confusion over the directive, web owners were given twelve months from this date to prepare themselves.

Session only cookies are exempt from the regulations as they are needed for a website to work properly and they do not collect or store information permanently.

More information about the directive [external link]

Cookies we use

Here is a list of the cookies we use, on this website and the third-party systems we use (for example, Facebook and Google)

NameDescriptionWhere usedDurationSession/ Persistent
ASP.NET SessionID This is used to maintain session information for the .NET framework and is created when a user accesses the website, allowing the server to identify the session. This is not personally identifiable 

Homepage

My Darlington+

Content pages

Register Office certificate search

Report It

Parking payment system

Payment system

DLDLive website

Darlington Partnership website

N/A Session
ASPSESSIONIDAQTCQTCR

This is used to maintain session information for the .NET framework and is created when a user accesses the website, allowing the server to identify the session that you are using.

Removed after session ends.

Parking payment system

Payment system

N/A Session
b/bx Flickr sets multiple cookies to help deliver embedded or integrated features Flickr 2 years Persistent
c_user Every user on Facebook has their own unique ID number which can be found easiest in the URL of their profile. This is stored in this cookie and is used by Facebook chat for sending and receiving instant messages. Facebook N/A Session
datr Facebook use this cookie to help identify suspicious login activity Facebook 2 years Persistent
fl_v Flickr sets multiple cookies to help deliver embedded or integrated features Flickr 1 hour Persistent
GAPS This cookie is used by Google to track usage of their products and services

YouTube

Google Maps

Google Translate

N/A Session
guest_id Unique identifier cookie created by Twitter

Homepage

My Darlington+

Twitter

2 years Persistent
hascookies Used on our online forum Online forum (Website Toolbox) N/A Session
js JavaScript controller Twitter 1 month Persistent
JSESSIONID Contains a single, unique, sessionid. This only lasts for the duration of the session. This is how the server knows exactly which user is sending an individual request and so it can deal with that request correctly Online forms (iCasework) N/A Session
k Part of the Twitter API on our website

Homepage

My Darlington+

Twitter

1 week Persistent
lastvisit Used on our online forum Online forum (Website Toolbox) 8.5 years Persistent
localization Geolocation cookie which provides localised language and advertising content Flickr 2 years Persistent
lsd Session authentication cookie Facebook N/A Session
lu This is set the first time a browser visits facebook.com. It is used to pre-fill the user’s email address into the login field Facebook 2 years Persistent
MyDarlingtonPostcode Created when a postcode is entered into My Darlington+

Homepage

My Darlington+

5 years Persistent
newvisit Used on our online forum Online forum (Website Toolbox) 8.5 years Persistent
NID This cookie is used by Google to track usage of their products and services

YouTube

Google Maps

Google Translate

6 months Persistent
original_referer A cookie that tracks how you travel to and from Twitter Twitter N/A Session
pid An authentication cookie that lets Twitter know if you are logged in or not Twitter 2 years Persistent
PREF This cookie is used by Google to track usage of their products and services

Homepage

My Darlington+

Content pages

Register Office certificate search

Report It

YouTube

2 years Persistent
psc A cookie created by AddThis

Content pages

Register Office certificate search

2 years Persistent

reg_fb_gate

reg_fb_ref

Used by Facebook to track a user's session Facebook N/A Session
twitter_sess Contains information about user's Twitter session activity Twitter N/A Session
uid A cookie created by AddThis

Content pages

Register Office certificate search

2 years Persistent
use_hitbox Related to the autocomplete on the search YouTube N/A Session
UserID Stores authentication details for My Darlington+. Is created after logging into the system My Darlington+ N/A Session
uvc A cookie created by AddThis

Content pages

Register Office certificate search

2 years Persistent
VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE Holds info about the user's YouTube layout YouTube 9 months Persistent
wd A cookie used by Facebook Facebook N/A Session
__utma, __utmb,  __utmz These cookies are used by Google Analytics Google Analytics Up to 2 years Persistent
__utmc This cookie is used by Google Analytics Google Analytics N/A Session
nmstat This cookie is used by Siteimprove Siteimprove 1000 days Persistent
siteimproveses This cookie is used by Siteimprove Siteimprove N/A Session
szcookiechoice This cookie is used by Siteimprove Siteimprove N/A Session


Other information about cookies we use 

Online library system

Our online library system uses session cookies to maintain your current session. These cookies hold no sensitive or personal information and automatically expire after a period of inactivity.

Pay a parking fine

The system we use which allows you to pay a parking fine online uses a cookie to track session information and to store your ticket number during the payment process. This cookie expires after a short time and cannot be used to derive any information about the user or their computer

MyServices planning

MyServices uses session cookies. These hold no personal information.

Planning Portal

The Planning Portal complies with the e-Privacy directive. List of cookies on the Planning Portal [external link]

Local Motion

The Local Motion website fully complies with the e-Privacy directive.

LIS

The cookies used on the LIS website are:

  • ias.UiSkin - remembers which 'look and feel' you have applied to the IAS user website (if there is more than one available)
  • ias.PreferredItemCount - remembers how many items you like to see in a list by default 
  • ias.fontSize - remembers any choices you have made to increase/decrease the default font size
  • ias.Locale - remembers the choice you made about which locale/language to view the site in (if more than one available) 
  • ias.<ThemeTreeID>_Expanded - remembers the choices you made about which themes were expanded in a tree (on a tree by tree basis – different cookies for different trees) 
  • IASASPXAUTH - The built-in forms authentication cookie for ASP.NET. Used when user logs in. This is classed as an essential cookie.

We use third party widgets on our website. These widgets will have their own cookie policies,

How to manage cookies

There are applications and extensions available to download in certain browsers that allow you to view the web with a greater degree of privacy.

Bear in mind that blocking certain cookies may limit the functionality of your browser.