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Cookie Policy

What are cookies, pixels, local storage and similar technologies?

These technologies are tools that websites and applications use for security purpose and to deliver products, services, and advertisements, and to understand how they are used. With these technologies, a website or application can store information on your browser or device and later read that information back. We explain more about each of these technologies and how they are used on this page.

Privacy and cookies

On some occasions we may place small amounts of data known as cookies on your browsing device. This technology cannot be used to identify you in anyway. We simply use cookies to improve our services to you in the following ways:

by allowing our website to recognise your device you don't have to repeat information many times during one task
logging your username / password so you don't need to do it for every web page requested
monitoring the number of people using our website, in order to make it easier to use and to ensure there’s enough capacity to run an efficient service

Our use of cookies

Google Analytics sets cookies to help us accurately estimate the number of visitors to the website and volumes of usage. This to ensure that the service is available when you want it and fast.

Name: _utma
Typical content: randomly generated number
Expires: 2 years

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Typical content: randomly generated number
Expires: 30 minutes

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Typical content: randomly generated number
Expires: when user exits browser

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Typical content: randomly generated number + info on how the site was reached (e.g. directly or via a link, organic search or paid search)
Expires: 6 months

For more information about Google Analytics visit Google Analytics website.

Removing and disabling cookies

It is possible to disable cookies by adjusting the settings on your browser. This will limit the functionality of the websites you may browse.

Personal data

We will not pass any of your personal data on to any third party (including other Government departments or agencies) prior to gaining your consent.

Your Privacy

Any data given to us will only be used in the following situations, unless otherwise stated by law:

to amend your details where necessary;
to monitor and ensure a reasonable level of equality of access;
in order to improve services for all Origin clients;
with associated third party partners who complete satisfaction surveys on Origin’s behalf.
Each form / request for information will display details explaining how that information will be used.

Our DCMS website logs the user's IP addresses in order to record the number of visitors to our site.


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