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Cookies

Cookies are small anonymous text files which are placed on your computer by websites you visit.

The council is committed to only using cookies that are either essential (this means they are required to make something on our website function properly) or that help us to make your experience of using the website better. The following cookies are used on this website:

Cookie messages

We use a few different cookie messages on our website to advise you of our cookie policy.

Cookies may be stored on  your computer to indicate you have muted our cookies messages.

We are working to harmonise our different messages to use a single message.

Name Description Expiry
banes-cookie-accept Used to remember that you accepted the cookie message. 1 year
cookieconsent_dismissed Used to remember that you accepted the cookie message. 1 year
cookieconsent_status Used to remember that you accepted the cookie message. 1 year

Google Analytics

We use Google Analytics on many of our websites to collect information about how you use this site. We do this to make sure it meets your needs, and to understand how we can make the website work better.

Google Analytics stores information about which pages on this site you visit, how long you are on the site, how you got here and what you click on while you are here.

Name Description Expiry
_ga Used to distinguish users 2 years
_gid Used to distinguish users 1 day
_gat Used to throttle request rate. If Google Analytics is deployed via Google Tag Manager, this cookie will be named _dc_gtm_<property-id>. 1 minute

Hotjar

Hotjar uses cookies to help us track behaviour across pages, and to create visitor polls. The cookies carry no personally identifiable information. We do not collect or store any other personal information (such as your name or address), so we cannot use this data to identify who you are.

Name Description Expiry
hjClosedSurveyInvites This cookie is set once a visitor interacts with a survey invitation pop-up window. It is used to ensure that the same invitation does not reappear again if it has already been shown. 1 year
_hjDonePolls This cookie is set once a visitor completes a poll using the Feedback Poll button. It is used to ensure that the same Poll does not reappear if it has already been filled in. 1 year
_hjMinimizedPolls This cookie is set once a visitor minimizes a Feedback Poll window. It is used to ensure that the window stays minimized when the visitor navigates through our site. 1 year
_hjDoneTestersWidgets This cookie is set once a visitor submits their information in the Recruit User Testers window. It is used to ensure that the same form does not reappear if it has already been filled in. 1 year
_hjMinimizedTestersWidget This cookie is set once a visitor minimizes a Recruit User Testers window. It is used to ensure that the window stays minimized when the visitor navigates through our site. 1 year
_hjDoneSurveys This cookie is set once a visitor completes a survey. It is used to only load the survey content if the visitor hasn't completed the survey yet. 1 year
_hjIncludedInSample This cookie is set to let Hotjar know whether that visitor is included in the sample which is used to generate data such as heatmaps, funnels, or recordings 1 year
_hjShownFeedbackMessage This cookie is set when a visitor minimizes or completes Incoming Feedback. This is done so that the Incoming Feedback will be minimized immediately if they navigate to another page. 1 year

iShareMaps

Name Description Expiry
atLocation Stores the most recently set address and coordinates. Allows us to show the maps as you left them when you return next time. 1 month
astun Version number of web mapping software. 1 month
astun:
baseMap
Stores the last map type used. Allows us to show the maps as you left them when you return next time. 1 year
astun:
currentLocation
Most recently set address and its coordinates (alternative cookie). 1 month
astun:
layerPanelOpenGroups
The last layer panel opened. Allows us to show the maps as you left them when you return next time. 1 year
astun:
mapSource
Identifier for map overlay configuration. 1 year
astun:
mapView
Location and extent of the most recent view of the map. Allows us to show the maps as you left them when you return next time. 1 year
astun:
previousLocation
Stores the address and coordinates of last location selected in My Maps. Allows us to show the maps as you left them when you return next time. 1 year
astun:
rLayers_[name_of_layer]
The list of layers currently added to the Map Categories panel for a given profile (e.g. rLayers_BathNES _CleansingEnforcement) 1 month
astun:
vLyrs_ish_[name_of_layer]
Layers turned on in My Maps for a given profile (e.g. vLyrs_ish_BathNES _HighwayMaint) 1 month
astun:
panelsCollapseStatus
IDs of collapsed panels in My Maps 1 month
astun:
layerPanelOpenGroups
Layer group expanded in panel in My Maps 1 month
atMyCouncil Identifier of most recent tab visited by user and changes to visibility of panels in My House and My Nearest 1 month
ASP.NET_SessionId Random string identifying browsing session to server When user exits browser

Modern Gov

Name Description Expiry
ASP.NET_SessionId This temporary cookie is essential for secure use of the democracy web pages. It enables you to securely log on, subscribe to notification emails, and to submit information to the council. This cookie is not used for any purpose other than securing your logon session. end of Session

Cookies set by third party websites

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As we have no control over the cookies set by these websites, please look at their guidance on cookie use for more information.

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