Cookies

About cookies

When we provide services, we want to make them easy, useful and reliable. Where services are delivered on the internet, this sometimes involves placing small amounts of information on your device, for example, computer or mobile phone. These include small files known as cookies. They cannot be used to identify you personally.

These pieces of information are used to improve services for you through, for example:

  • enabling a service to recognise your device so you don't have to give the same information several times during one task
  • recognising that you may already have given a username and password so you don't need to do it for every web page requested
  • measuring how many people are using services, so they can be made easier to use and there's enough capacity to ensure they are fast.

You can manage these small files yourself and learn more about them through  Internet browser cookies – what they are and how to manage them on the gov.uk website.  However please note that if you do this you may not be able to use the full functionality of this website.

Instructions for blocking cookies using browser settings can be found at How to control cookies on the AboutCookies.org website.

We use Google Analytics to analyse the use of our website and help us create a more useful and easy to use site.  See our privacy statement for more information.

Our use of cookies

Session cookies set by www.bristol.gov.uk.

These are cookies that are deleted when you close your browser.

Application

Cookie name

Purpose

More information

Abandoned Vehicle Reporting System ASPSESSIONID QARBQCBR

These cookies are used to maintain your user session.  It is deleted when you close your browser.

If you disallow these cookies it may cause the application to fail.

Typical content: a randomly generated number.
Javascript has_js This cookie checks whether you have javascript enabled.  It is deleted when you close your browser. Typical content: the value 1

Persistent cookies set by www.bristol.gov.uk.

Application

Cookie name

Purpose

More information

Google analytics _utma
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_utmz

These cookies are used to collect information about how visitors use our site, but not to identify an individual. We use the information to compile reports and to help us improve the site content and usability.  The cookies collect information such as the number of visitors to the site, where visitors have come to the site from and the pages they visited.

If you disallow this cookie we won’t know what you like to visit most, so will not be able to improve this website as a result of your preferences.

Typical content: randomly generated numbers and in the case of _utmz the addition of information about how the page was reached (for example directly or via a link, organic search or paid search).

An overview of privacy at Google and how these cookies are used by Google (external links).

Mobile redirect mobile_redirect

If you have chosen the mobile or desktop links, to use that version of the website, this stores your preference. If you disallow or delete the cookie, you will see the view of the site chosen by our device detection system and not your own choice.

None

New website test invitation message bristol_council_alpha_test

If you are offered the chance to test our new website, and you choose either to be reminded later about the invite or not to be asked again, we store your preference in this cookie. If you delete the cookie, you will see the invite message again.

None

Session cookies set by services.bristol.gov.uk and id.bristol.gov.uk.

These cookies are deleted when a browser is closed.

Application

Cookie Name

Purpose

More information

Digital services pages and forms

JSESSIONID

Used to maintain your user session. It is created when you first access any of the pages and it is deleted when you close your browser.

The site may not work properly if this cookie is disallowed.

Typical content: randomly generated letters and numbers.

Digital services customer account

LFR_SESSION_STATE_21401

Used to maintain your signed-in session. It is created when you sign-in to the site and it is deleted when you close your browser.

 

If this cookie is disallowed you will not be able to access your customer account.

Typical content: randomly generated numbers or ‘expired’

Single sign-on service

AMAuthCookie

 

Used during the sign-in process. It is created when you first access the login page and it is deleted when you close your browser.

If this cookie is disallowed you will not be able to sign-in to your customer account.

Typical content: randomly generated letters and numbers.

 Single sign-on service  BccAuthCookie

Used to maintain your sign-in session. It is created when you sign-in to to your customer account and it is deleted when you close your browser.

If this cookie is disallowed you will not be able to stay signed-in to your customer account.

Typical content: randomly generated letters and numbers.

Single sign-on service

amlbcookie

Used to persist your sign-in session on our load balanced servers. It is deleted when you close your browser.
The site will not work properly if this cookie is disallowed.

Typical content: randomly generated numbers.

 

Cookies set by newsite.bristol.gov.uk

Application

Cookie Name

Purpose

More information

Test design site pages and forms COOKIE_SUPPORT

This cookies is used to let us know if a browser supports cookie so that we can tailor our responses for that browser.

If this cookie is disallowed we would assume your browser does not support cookies.

 

Test design site pages and forms

GUEST_LANGUAGE_ID

This cookies is used to let us know the language preference of a user so that we can present our content in that language.

If this cookie is disallowed we would assume your preferred language is English.

 

Test design site pages

bccnew_wma

Records your decision about whether to show the introdutory message popup window again. If this cookie is disallowed you will see the introduction each time you visit.

 

Google analytics

_ga

This is used to collect information about how our site is being used.   We do not collect information that identifies an individual.

 

Persistent cookies set by  services.bristol.gov.uk

Application

Cookie Name

Purpose

More information

Digital services pages and forms

COOKIE_SUPPORT

This cookies is used to let us know if a browser supports cookie so that we can tailor our responses for that browser.

If this cookie is disallowed we would assume your browser does not support cookies.

Typical content: true

Digital services pages and forms

GUEST_LANGUAGE_ID

This cookies is used to let us know the language preference of a user so that we can present our content in that language.

If this cookie is disallowed we would assume your preferred language is English.

Typical content: en_US or en_GB

Google analytics

_ga

This is used to collect information about how our site is being used.   We do not collect information that identifies an individual.

Typical content: randomly generated numbers

 

Session cookies set by third party organisations

These are cookies that are deleted when you close your browser.

Application

Cookie name

Purpose

More information

Web availability statistics .ASPXAUTH
ASP.NET_SessionId

These cookies are used to maintain your user session.  They are deleted when you close your browser.

If you disallow these cookies the table of web statistics will display as normal but you will not be able to see a graphical representation

Typical content: randomly generated letters and numbers.
Sign Video PHPSESSID

These cookies are used to maintain your user session.  This cookie is deleted when you close your browser.

If you disallow this cookie you may be prevented from fully accessing the sign video service.  See their privacy policy for more information.

Typical content: randomly generated letters and numbers.

Sign Video privacy policy (external link)

Web casting (for example Council meetings) PHPSESSID

We use www.public-i.tv to publish our webcasts.  These cookies are used to maintain your user session.  This cookie is deleted when you close your browser.

If you disallow this cookie you may be prevented from fully accessing this service. 

Typical content: randomly generated letters and numbers

Persistent cookies set by third party organisations

Application

Cookie name

Purpose

More information

Google maps MPRF
NID
PREF
SNID

These cookies are used by Google to store user preferences and information when viewing pages with Google maps on them.

If you disallow these cookies you may not be able to access all the features of this site. 

Typical content: randomly generated numbers and letters.

An overview of privacy at Google (external link).

User satisfaction survey Socitm_include_me[x]
Socitm_exclude_me[x]
Socitm_include_alt[x]

These cookies are used to prevent customers being invited to participate multiple times in the same survey.  They contain no personally identifiable data.

If you disallow these cookies you will not be invited to participate in this survey.

Typical content: randomly generated numbers.

SOCITM insight privacy policy (external link).

Education jobs site (teaching jobs) ASP.NET_SessionId
LoggedIn
.DBANON
LastLoginDate

These cookies are used to maintain your user session.  Two of these cookies (ASP.NET_SessionId and LoggedIn) are deleted when you close your browser.

If you disallow these cookies you may not be able to access all the features of this site.

Typical content: either randomly generated letters and numbers or in the case of LoggedIn the words true or false, and in the case of LastLoginDate the date and time of your last login.

Eteach privacy policy (external link).

YouTube VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE
PREF
use_hitbox

Sets the default state for any user of YouTube and to store user preferences.  Use_hitbox is deleted when you close your browser.

If you disallow this cookie you may not be able to access all features of YouTube

Typical content: randomly generated numbers and letters.

An overview of privacy at Google (external link).

Twitter

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Guest_id

Sets the default state for any user of Twitter.

The service will work as normal for functions such as searching or looking at public user profiles

Typical content: randomly generated numbers and letters.

Twitter’s privacy policy (external link).

Add This

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These cookies are used to to provide you with a more personal and interactive experience.  They are also used to improve the quality of their site; to keep track of your login name, passwords, and pages you have visited on their site; and to tailor content to your interests and to personalize the site on your behalf.

If you disallow cookies you may not be able to access certain personalized sections of their services such as publisher reports.

Typical content: either constant numbers, randomly generated letters and numbers or information about how you chose to share (for example by email, facebook).

An overview of Add This privacy policy (external link).

If you find any other cookies on this site that are not listed above, please let us know at communications.marketing@bristol.gov.uk