What are cookies?
A cookie consists of information downloaded to your computer and stored on the computer’s hard drive. Any cookies that we use will not identify you personally; they consist of statistical data. This statistical data identifies no personal details whatsoever.
Cookies are sent by a web server to a web browser and stored by the browser. This enables the web server to identify and track the web browser.
These are some of the ways in which cookies can improve services for you:
- recognising that you may already have given a username and password, so you don't need to do it for every web page you request;
- ensuring you don't have to give the same information several times during one task;
- allowing for the analysis of anonymous data, for example the number of users accessing a service; and
- through this analysis, helping to ensure popular services can be made easier and faster to use.
What’s in a cookie?
A cookie is a simple text file stored on your device. It contains some anonymous information such as a unique identifier and the site name, and some digits and numbers.
The NI Assembly Education Service website and some of the tools and services it links to use a number of cookies. To help us meet the needs of our users, we use Google Analytics to collect information about how people use the site. Google Analytics stores information about what pages you visit, how long you are on the website, how you got here and what you click on. Through this, we cannot identify who you are and do not collect or store your personal details such as your name or address.
We do not allow Google to use or share any information we collect with other third parties.
Google Analytics Cookies
|Name of cookie||Typical content||Expires|
|_utma||Randomly generated number||2 years|
|_utmb||Randomly generated number||30 minutes|
|_utmc||Randomly generated number||When you close your browser|
|_utmz||Randomly generated number and information on how the site was reached (for example directly or via a link, organic search or paid search)||6 months|
How can you manage cookies?
If you are using a mobile phone and would like information on how to restrict or block cookies, refer to your handset manual.
In some parts of the NI Assembly Education Service website, we use Adobe Flash Player to provide services such as web-based games. Flash is also capable of storing information on your device through cookies. However, you cannot control these cookies through the settings on your web browser. If you wish to restrict or block Flash cookies, you must do this through the Adobe website.
Please be aware that restricting these cookies may impact on the features available to you and the way our website works for you.