Our use of cookies

How cookies are used on this site

When we provide services, we want to make them easy, useful and reliable. Where services are delivered on the internet, this sometimes involves placing small amounts of information on your device, for example your computer or mobile phone. These include small filesknown as "cookies". We do not use these to identify you personally, or to hold any personal data.

These pieces of information are used to improve services for you through, for example:

  • enabling a service to recognise your device so you don't have to give the same information several times during one task
  • recognising that you may already have provided a username and password so that you don't need to keep repeating these for every web page requested
  • measuring how many people are using services so they can be improved and there is enough capacity to ensure they are fast

You can easily manage these small files yourself if you know how. You can find guidance on managing cookies on the Directgov website.

Cookies used by this service

There are two types of cookie:

Persistent cookies remain on your computer for a specified time and so are saved to your computer's hard disk. We use persistent cookies to:

  • identify that a registered user has returned
  • securely remember your login User ID - if you have asked us to do so
  • understand how you use our site and obtain information on website usage - as described above

Session cookies are deleted when you close your browser and are usually not saved to your computer's hard disk. We use session cookies to:

  • hold some types of non-private information you provide while using an interactive tool on the website
  • identify that you have logged in to the site
  • hold your search criteria while you are carrying out a search of the website
  • collect information on website usage - as described above

Important information about this list of cookies

This list is not exhaustive. It will be updated as further information is gathered from companies and government departments that provide parts of this service.

Cookies for maintaining your session

The following cookies are necessary so that we can provide you a joined-up session, know that you have logged-in (if applicable) and so that you do not have to re-enter information for every web page you request from our service.

Name: BGSESSIONID
Purpose: To link your requests to information you may have previously provided
Typical content: jSYNNLhNlMp90T3HNSJLgyQ0bcT4vfX830F4jMJJCX0dTJCy3hhF!-1258636020
Expires: At end of session (when you close your browser)

Name: SUMSESSIONID
Purpose: To link your requests to information you may have previously provided
Typical content: jSYNNLhNlMp90T3HNSJLgyQ0bcT4vfX830F4jMJJCX0dTJCy3hhF!-1258636020
Expires: At end of session (when you close your browser)

Name: TXFSESSIONID
Purpose: To link your requests to information you may have previously provided
Typical content: jSYNNLhNlMp90T3HNSJLgyQ0bcT4vfX830F4jMJJCX0dTJCy3hhF!-1258636020
Expires: At end of session (when you close your browser)

Name: EFFSESSIONID
Purpose: To link your requests to information you may have previously provided
Typical content: jSYNNLhNlMp90T3HNSJLgyQ0bcT4vfX830F4jMJJCX0dTJCy3hhF!-1258636020
Expires: At end of session (when you close your browser)

Name: ETMSESSIONID
Purpose: To link your requests to information you may have previously provided
Typical content: jSYNNLhNlMp90T3HNSJLgyQ0bcT4vfX830F4jMJJCX0dTJCy3hhF!-1258636020
Expires: At end of session (when you close your browser)

Name: AEFSESSIONID
Purpose: to link your requests to information you may have previously provided
Typical content: jSYNNLhNlMp90T3HNSJLgyQ0bcT4vfX830F4jMJJCX0dTJCy3hhF!-1258636020
Expires: At end of session (when you close your browser)

Name: ASP.NET_SessionId
Purpose: To link your requests to information you may have previously provided
Typical content: qlt00j45tikm0kqnxh3hto55
Expires: At end of session (when you close your browser)

Name: secureToken
Purpose: To validate requests to your logged-in session
Typical content: XOmp2UiznyQ806N7iKQG1dGx3ag
Expires: At end of session (when you close your browser)

Name: .ASPXAUTH
Purpose: To validate requests to your logged-in session
Typical content: Random 264 byte string, eg: 5245AD52330C42FE8BD595A62C4096A2152B77
DDF0D39AB8AA6E6E67EC5EA33A901F4DF12411
AA6468C6448E57BC4A8E0F67D039427155BAE5
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EE7178D28C98D7A3F5260C0A202C87349A0F50
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5A08014A07C820A0E972F3E8459C7FF9C71F
Expires: At end of session (when you close your browser)

Name: LRA
Purpose: To indicate whether you have previously logged into another part of this service
Typical content: 2011-06-20T17:07:12 TXIgRnJlZCBCbG9nZ3M=
Expires: At end of session (when you close your browser)

Cookies for remembering your preferences

The following cookies store selections and settings you have asked the service to remember for you.

Name: xgovrm01
Purpose: To securely store your username if you select 'Remember me' when you logged-in
Typical content: 0-ILGjSEUUahVxVn5q7U+0p5QEUl4xEH8UFWHNOOuB9xtL
WzJ96xLCuNoNmSRIDzi/BhikNBr3ezUM4ttJ3R9DFZBMp7
ojlKNjxfLqR5xhsSMqLdtq6TSpsXODvl/3V80qSC0CWqFv
GlzwmvuVHA9l0PSHCkHlXDtX28YBsFc1OVClfYfULQzQz8
RxX/ducC64cBPdHSNf3Zn3ybnUuzr2Mg==
Expires: In 395 days (approximately one year + one month)

Name: satisfaction_sp
Purpose: To remember whether you have completed a site user satisfaction survey
Typical content: 'true'
Expires: In 23 days

Name: GG_MIGRATED
Purpose: To indicate whether you have been migrated from the old-style User ID to the new Government Gateway User ID for My Business access
Typical content: 1303984700681
Expires: In six months

Cookies for measuring use of services

By understanding how people use our services we can improve the information and service provided. This ensures that the service is available when you want it and is fast. We use a number of different methods of gathering this data.

The following cookies assist us in understanding how people use this service.

Name: s_sq
Purpose: To explaina user's journey through the site
Typical content: %5B%5BB%5D%5D
Expires: At end of session (when you close your browser)

Name: s_cc
Purpose: To determine whether cookies are enabled within the browser
Typical content: 'true'
Expires: At end of session (when you close your browser)

Name: s_vi
Purpose: A random unique ID used to identify the number of unique visitors to the site
Typical content: [CS]v4|0-0|4DFF6598[CE]
Expires: In five years