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Cookies policy


On, we are using cookies in order to provide you with specific online services directly related to our remit. You need to accept the terms and conditions the first time you visit the site from your computer in order to access services that require cookies, but information on the specific types of cookies we operate are provided below.

Why do we use cookies?: Cookies allow the local temporary storage* of details regarding your specific information and preferences when visiting our site, whether it is accessing the data- upload services you need to, or contributing to online debates or forums. There are also cookies that collect information on your site usage in order that we can continually improve our online content provision. We do not however collect data on individual visitors web visits, only summary statistics.

* The duration of a cookie is set by a website creator but cookies can be deleted locally after web browsing sessions. follows guidelines set out by the Information Commissioner's Office for alerting our site visitors to the presence of cookies.

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A list of our cookie types:

1.General login for the ‘Participate’ section

Purpose: This cookie is necessary to post comments to online forums and blogs and to submit your data ideas to us about apps and data. A user's cookie identifies the user against his or her account stored on the web server. The account contains the details provided by the user and activity in the Social Hub, that are limited to a username, password, email address.

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Duration of Cookie: 2 days

2. Google analytics

Purpose: These cookies are used to collect information about how visitors use our site. We use the information to compile internal reports and to help us improve the site. The cookies collect information in an anonymous form, including the number of visitors to the site, where visitors have come to the site from and the pages they visited.

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Duration of Cookie: Up to 2 years

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