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Cookies are small text files stored on your computer while you are visiting a website. Runnymede Borough Council uses cookies to improve the functioning of the website for you as a user.

For instance, the Council uses cookies to identify you as a unique user and track your session. We also use cookies to remember certain settings you selected on a previous visit, e.g. font size. Performance cookies gather details about how our site is used. They collect and record anonymous information about the pages you visit, how long you are on the site and how you found us. We can use this data to help us make ongoing improvements to the performance of the site.

The cookies we use

Below is a list of cookies set by the Council's website, along with a brief description of what they are used for and how long they last on your computer.

Third party cookies

Sometimes we link to third party services from our website. We have no control over the cookies that are set by third party services, but the table below shows some commonly used cookies from our third party services.

Are cookies harmful?

As cookies are simple text files and not computer programs, they cannot spread viruses or do harm to your computer. The text based data in our cookies are meaningful to this website, but cannot be read by another website. If you provide us with personal details, such as your name and phone number, these are not stored on our cookies.

Controlling or blocking cookies

You may restrict the operation of cookies or block them completely by making adjustments to the settings on your web browser. The 'Help' function on your browser should tell you how to do this or alternatively you can visit About Cookies for further information on the subject. You should be aware that if you modify or block the operation of cookies some parts of our website may not work properly and any preferences may be lost.

The new law on cookies

New rules are now in force, which require websites to ask their visitors' consent to accepting cookies on their computer or device. This is why you needed to click on the 'X' on the banner that appeared on the home page before you entered the site.

Questions and further information

Further information about cookies and their use can be found on the Information Commissioner's Office website. If you have any questions or communications about cookies and how we use them you can contact us at general.enquiries@runnymede.gov.uk

The cookies we use

Cookie Name

Purpose

Duration

Asp.Net_SessionId

 

Contains the current identifier of the user's session

expires when browser is closed

__utma

Used to distinguish users and sessions

2 years from setting or update

__utmb

Used to determine new sessions and visits

30 minutes from setting or update

__utmc

Not currently used. Set for interoperability with urchin.js. Historically, this cookie operated in conjunction with the __utmb cookie to determine whether the user was in a new session/visit.

End of browser session

__utmz

Stores the traffic source or campaign that explains how the user reached our site. The cookie is created when the JavaScript library executes and is updated every time data is sent to Google Analytics.

6 months from setting or update

Mode

Used by the site to determine the display mode (high contrast etc)

3 months from setting or update

FontSize

Stores user selected font size for text resizer

A week from setting or update

Runnymedeacceptcookies

Controls the display of the cookie banner

 

41 days

Runnymedemobileacceptcookies

Controls the display of the cookie banner

 

41 days

Third party cookies

Third party providerCookie namePurposeDuration
Google Analytics (used on rMaps)_utmaUsed to distinguish users and sessions. The cookie is created when the JavaScript library executes and no existing _utma cookies exist. The cookie is updated every time data is sent to Google Analytics.2 years
Google Analytics (used on rMaps)_utmzStores the traffic source or campaign that explains  how the user reached your site. The cookie is created when the JavaScript library executes and is updated every time data is sent to Google Analytics.6 months
Planning Portallpa_cookievalueUsed by the 'Find Your Local LPA' portlet to identify the selected LPA (LSCODE) while JavaScript is enabled.1 year
Planning Portallpa_nonJsStateCookieUsed by the 'Find Your Local LPA' portlet to identify the selected LPA (LSCODE) while JavaScript is disabled).1 year
Planning PortalPpUsefullinks_nonJsstateCookieUsed by the 'Useful Links' portlet to store the current links while JavaScript is disabled.1 year
Planning PortalPpUsefullinks_JsstateCookieUsed by the 'Useful Links Homepage' portlet to store the current links while the JavaScript is enabled.1 year
Planning PortalPpNewsFeeds_nonJsstateCookieUsed by the news feeds portlet to store the current feeds selections while JavaScript is disabled.1 year
Planning PortalPpNewsFeeds_JsstateCookieUsed by the 'News Feeds' portlet to store the current feeds selections while JavaScript is enabled.1 year
Planning PortalCommonProjsUsed by the 'Common Projects' portlet to store a list of recently visited common project pages.1 year
Planning PortalJSESSIONIDUsed on the whole Planning Portal site.30 minutes
Planning PortalpolicyUsed by the 'Current Policy' portlet to store the recently viewed policy pages.1 year
Planning PortalapprDocsStores the recently viewed approved documents for 'Approved Documents Homepage' portlet.1 year
Planning PortalPP2SiteTo track in which language version the user is currently browsing the site and the content is displayed in the appropriate language based on the value of this cookie.1 year
Planning PortalaccessibleIndicate if high contrast version is enabled or not. Created when user switches to high contrast version.1 year
Planning PortaljavascriptonTo indicate that the user's browser has JavaScript enabled when the user initially logs on to the site. This is to prevent each server request have to re-determine the JavaScript capability.1 year
Planning PortalppvisitoridUsed by NetInsight to track unique visitors under Portal 2.0.30 minutes
Planning PortalppsessionidUsed for NetInsight reports.30 minutes
Planning PortalLtpaToken2 / Ltpa TokenUser authentication, any pages need to be protected from anonymous users.30 minutes
Planning PortalWASReqURLUsed for login to the site.30 minutes
Northgate Public ServicesParis2SessionThe session holds a user credential token, and information about the items within the Shopping Basket.15 minutes
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