A cookie is a file that holds a small amount of information, either in memory or on your hard disk, for use during your website visit. They provide a better browsing experience by offering the ability to remember user settings or preferences when visiting a site.
Cookies are not viruses - they cannot damage your computer, find out information about you or read any personal material kept on your hard drive.
Some cookies are set when you first visit the site, others are set when you visit a specific page or service.
Types of cookies we use
We use certain cookies in order to deliver essential information and services on the website. Without them you may not be able to make use of our services or content.
|cookie-agreed||100 days||Stores whether a user has provided consent for cookies to be stored.|
|cookie-agreed-categories||100 days||Stores which cookies a user has consented to.|
|ASP.NET_SessionId||End of session||Session ID for Modern.gov pages.|
MyAccount customer self-service portal
|localtime||End of session||Used to calculate local time from UTC time.|
|PHPSESSID||6 hours||Session ID.|
|APP_LANG||24 hours||Language used to view site.|
|_lastlogin||End of session||Unix timestamp.|
|SimpleSAMLSessionID||End of session||Used for oauth third party authentication.|
Measuring website usage
The information generated by the cookie about your use of the website will be transmitted to and stored by Google. This information is used to evaluate visitors' use of the website and to compile statistical reports on website activity for site operators.
We will not use Google Analytics to track or collect any personally identifiable information about visitors to our site. We will not use Google Analytics data with any other personally identifying information from any other source. We do not allow Google to use or share our analytics data in anonymous form as part of their benchmarking service.
|_ga||2 years||Used to distinguish users.|
|_ga_<container-id>||2 years||Used to persist session state.|
Preventing cookies from being set
Most web browsers will allow you to prevent cookies being set on your device, but doing this may mean you are unable to use some parts of our website. Consult the Help section of your browser to find out how to change the cookie settings.
The website All About Cookies has more information about cookies, including how to control and delete them.