What are cookies?
A cookie is a small amount of data sent to your computer or mobile phone from a website. This means the website can recognise your device (your computer or mobile phone) if you return to the same site.
A cookie often includes a unique identifier, which is a randomly generated number. This is stored on your device's hard drive. Many cookies are automatically deleted after you finish using a website.
Cookies are not programs and do not collect information from your device.
Cookies make your experience of using web sites faster and easier. They allow web sites to create a customised view of pages to which you navigate. For example, they are commonly used to authenticate or identify registered users of a website without requiring them to sign in each time they access it. Other uses include maintaining a 'shopping basket' of goods a user has chosen to purchase, site personalisation (presenting different pages to different users) and tracking the pages a user has visited on a site for analysis purposes.
Cookies may come with or without an expiry date. Cookies without an expiry date exist until the browser is closed, while cookies with an expiry date may be stored by the device until the expiry date passes.
You can restrict or block cookies set by Tewkesbury Borough Council but this may limit your use of some functionality, such as filling in forms and getting access to password protected areas of the Tewkesbury Borough Council site. Most things you do on our site will still be possible even with cookies disabled.
Tewkesbury Borough Council uses third-party suppliers who also set cookies through tewkesbury.gov.uk web sites on our behalf to deliver the services that they are providing or record usage. More information on the cookies set by Tewkesbury Borough Council and its third-party suppliers can be found below.
How to manage your cookies
Cookies are sent to your browser (whether you use Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Safari or any other browser) by a website and then stored in the cookies directory of your device.
To find out how to allow, block, delete and manage the cookies on all standard web browsers, go to aboutcookies.org for help.
Cookies used on tewkesbury.gov.uk
The following are cookies you may come across on this site. Note that several of them perform similar functions; the duplications arise because Tewkesbury Borough Council hosts a number of Department of Health campaigns that were originally set up separately, each using different cookies.
Purpose: To make your experience of using web sites faster and easier.
- We can restricted access to some content to certain users. To enable this, we create an account and allow users to log in. Some personal data is stored on our server which users can manage. The cookie is anonymous and does not contain any of this data.
Purpose: Tewkesbury Borough Council uses Google Analytics to gather information about how you use our site. Google set a cookie so we can see which pages people have landed on and how they have navigated through the site. (For full details see cookies & Google analytics.)
This data enables us to understand:
- Which pages people visit on the site.
- Which internet browsers are being used.
- What is popular.
- Which interactive tools are used.