When we provide services, we want to make them easy to use, useful and reliable. Where services are delivered on the internet, this sometimes involves placing small amounts of information on your device (for example, your computer or mobile phone). These include small text files known as cookies.
What is a cookie?
A cookie is a piece of data sent to your device from a website. This means the website can recognise your device if you return to the same website. A cookie often includes a unique identifier, which is an anonymous number (randomly generated) and is stored on your device. Some expire at the end of your website session; others remain on your device for longer.
These pieces of information are used to improve our services for you by, for example:
enabling our services to recognise your device so you don't have to give the same information several times during one task (for example, giving consent to cookies);
measuring how many people are using our services, so they can be made easier to use and there's enough capacity to ensure they are fast; or
analysing anonymised data to help us understand how people interact with the different aspects of our online services so we can make them better.
Cookies used on this website
This website uses first party cookies for the above purposes.