Cookies are small text files that are automatically downloaded to your computer, phone or tablet’s hard disk by the websites that you visit. They are widely used in order to make websites work, or work more efficiently, and they collect certain information about how you browse a site, allowing web applications to respond to you as an individual and provide information to the owners of the site.
Cookies ensure a consistent and efficient experience for visitors and help web applications to tailor operations to your needs, likes and dislikes by gathering and remembering information about your usage and preferences.
Websites tend to use two types of cookies:
These assist with essential interactivity between a user’s device and the website itself (e.g. for login or registration, language preferences etc.) and are necessary for the site to work effectively. Without accepting functional cookies, you may experience reduced site functionality
Non-functional (analytics or marketing) cookies
These can be set on the user’s device by the website for statistical, analytical, social, targeting and commercial purposes. They allow the website to track a user’s movements on the site, collect information about their browsing history, preferences and interests and (in some cases) target preference-specific advertising at the user.
When you visit https://www.postofficehorizoninquiry.org.uk, you have the choice to opt-out of analytics cookies being set on your device.
Cookies we use on this site
Cookies help us provide you with a better website experience, by enabling us to monitor which pages it seems you find useful and which you do not. When you visit our website, you will see a message about cookies before we can store a cookie on your computer.
We use traffic log cookies to identify which pages are being used as this helps us analyse data about web page traffic and improve our website in order to tailor it to customer needs. We only use this information for analysis purposes.
We use Google Analytics software to collect information about how you use this site and this includes your IP address. We do this to help make sure the site is meeting the needs of its users and to help us make improvements. The data is anonymised before being used for analytics processing.
Google Analytics processes anonymised information about:
- the pages you visit on https://www.postofficehorizoninquiry.org.uk
- how long you spend on each https://www.postofficehorizoninquiry.org.uk page
- how you got to the site
- what you click on while you’re visiting the site
We do not store your personal information through Google Analytics (for example your name or address). We will not identify you through analytics information, and we will not combine analytics information with other data sets in a way that would identify who you are.
To opt out of being tracked by Google Analytics across all websites visit http://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout.
Our accessibility and translation tool “ReciteMe” will also set cookies on your device to track your preferences when using the tool. Read more here.
This statement was last updated on 21 September 2021.