Cookies policy

22 June 2018

What is a cookie?

A cookie is a small data file that is downloaded from a website on to your device.

It helps that website remember how you use the site, but it doesn’t contain any personal information and cannot be used to identify who you are.

The purpose of cookies is to make it easier and quicker for you to use the site.

For example, if you sign in to use a service, a cookie will remember that you have already signed in so that you don't have to enter your username and password on every single page you visit.

Cookies can also measure how many people visit a website, and how they use it. This information can be used to improve the overall experience for users.

How to control and delete cookies

We will not use cookies to collect personally identifiable information about you.

However, if you wish to restrict or block the cookies which are set by our websites, or indeed any other website, you can do this through your browser settings. The ‘Help’ function within your browser should tell you how.

Alternatively, this guide contains comprehensive information on how to restrict or block cookies on a wide variety of browsers. You will also find details on how to delete cookies from your machine as well as more general information about cookies.

Please be aware that restricting cookies may impact the functionality of our website.

If you wish to view your cookie code, just click on a cookie to open it. You’ll see a short string of text and numbers. The numbers are your identification card, which can only be seen by the server that gave you the cookie.

For information on how to do this on the browser of your mobile phone you will need to refer to your handset manual.

To opt-out of third parties collecting any data regarding your interaction on our website, please refer to their websites for further information.

First party cookies

Like many websites, Ofcom uses 'session-based' cookies to ensure your visit to this site runs as smoothly as possible.

These cookies remember the selections or preferences that you’ve already made when looking at information or using a service, and are also used to help our servers cope with changes in traffic to the site.

Ofcom website: Site wide including subsites

Purpose: Session management. These are session-based cookies used to ensure the smooth running of users’ sessions. This classification includes cookies used to support server load balancing.

Benefit: To remember your selections or preferences that you’ve already made when looking at information or using a service.

NameTypical contentExpires
ofclbRandomly generated numberWhen user exits browser
stakeholdersRandomly generated numberWhen user exits browser
consumersRandomly generated numberWhen user exits browser

Ofcom website: Ofcom Online Licensing Services [https://services.ofcom.org.uk] | OPIR [https://secure.ofcom.org.uk/opir]

Purpose: Session management. These are session-based cookies used to ensure the smooth running of users' sessions. This classification includes cookies used to support server load balancing.

Benefit: To remember your selections or preferences when looking at information or using a service.

NameTypical contentExpires
JSESSIONIDRandomly generated numberWhen user exits browser

Ofcom website: SPECTRAsc [https://secure.ofcom.org.uk/SPECTRAsc]

Purpose: Session management. These are ‘session-based’ cookies used to ensure the smooth running of users' sessions. This classification includes cookies used to support server load balancing.

Benefit: To remember your selections or preferences when looking at information or using a service.

NameTypical contentExpires
JSESSIONIDprevious clearance name location contact satellite name antenna height antenna gain antenna diameter antenna name start timestamp end timestamp location address/description number of carriers frequency band frequenciesWhen user exits browser

Ofcom website: Site wide including sub-sites

Purpose: We use Google Analytics  to see how people use the Ofcom site. It helps us to see how many people visit, which pages they view and how they navigate through the site. We use this information to make improvements to the site.

Benefit: To see how people use the Ofcom site, and make improvements accordingly.

NameDescriptionExpires
_utmaRandomly generated number2 years
_utmbRandomly generated number30 minutes
_utmcRandomly generated numberWhen user exits browser
_utmzRandomly generated number + info on how the site was reached (e.g. directly or via a link, organic search or paid search)6 months
_ga 2 years
_gid 24 hours
_gat 1 minute
_ga_user_id  
_utmt 10 minutes

Purpose: Session management. These are ‘session-based’ cookies used to ensure the smooth running of users' sessions. This classification includes cookies used to support server load balancing.

Benefit: To remember your selections or preferences when looking at information or using a service.

NameTypical contentExpires
metafaqSessionIDRandomly generated numberWhen user exits browser

Other first party cookies

NameDescription
optimizelyEndUserIdUsed to deliver consistent experiences across page loads.

__cfduid, _hp_id.3538148622

Set by the CloudFlare service to identify trusted web traffic.

1P_JAR, IDE, UULE, SIDCC

Google advertising cookie used for user tracking and ad targeting purposes.

Third party cookies

The third party provider of our email Updates service stores data, including personal data outside the EU/UK and uses cookies to monitor when you open emails. Knowing which Updates you read and when you read them will help us improve our service.

Other third party cookies

NameDescription

SID, HSID

These cookies allow YouTube to collect usage information for YouTube hosted videos.
APISID, HSID, SAPISID, SID, SSIDThese cookies, provided by Google Inc., are used in conjunction with the Google+1 button to enable you to share information publicly as part of your Google Profile.

act, c_user, datr, dpr, fr, sb, wd, xs

These cookies are used by Facebook to support social sharing and the integration of Facebook services.