When Big Society Capital provides services, our aim is 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, mobile phone. These include small files known as cookies.
Cookies cannot be used to identify you personally.
These small files known as cookies are used to improve services for you.
- 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
- Analysing anonymised data to help us understand how people interact with Government services so we can make them better
A session cookie is written the first time a user visits the site. The cookie will be updated on subsequent visits.
It is used internally by various modules/systems to improve efficiency and provide constant values throughout the user’s visit
Google also use 4 additional cookies within Big Society Capital’s website
This information is as follows:
- Where a visitor came from (search engine, search keyword, link)
- Each user’s amount of visits, and time of the first visit, previous visit and the current visit
- Checks approximately how long you stay on site: when a visit starts, and approximately ends
- Lastly they track the visitors movements around the site, so they change as each page is loaded
It is important to note that additionally, cookies may be written by 3rd party video providers (e.g. Vimeo) when that content is viewed.
No specific cookies are written when documents are downloaded or forms are submitted, but these actions are recorded by Google Analytics cookies.