A cookie is a small piece of information in the form of a text file, sent by a web server and stored on the computer of a visitor to a web site. It can then be read back later by the web server or web browser when required. The use of cookies is a convenient way of allowing a computer to remember specific information relating to a web site.


The following areas of the software use Cookies to function -

1. Payment part 
2. Login
3. Language selector
4. Polls
5. Surveys
6. User Networking Manager
7. Content comparison
8. Suggested content

After scouring the legislation we identified that areas 1 – 6 are all exempt from the changes because the cookie is “strictly necessary” for service “explicitly requested” by the user. The fact that most of these will be behind a login is also key to this concept. The final two cookies are analytic based cookies and are not strictly exempt but the ICO stance on this is -

“Although the Information Commissioner cannot completely exclude the possibility of formal action in any area, it is highly unlikely that priority for any formal action would be given to focusing on uses of cookies where there is a low level of intrusiveness and risk of harm to individuals.”

No personal data is collected by either Cookies number 7 or 8 so although they still fall under the legislation they are not within the purposes of the law.


The Netcommunity website uses cookies to collect web site usage information via a service called Google Analytics.

What type of information is collected? The data collected relates to each specific visit to the web site. The information gathered includes the duration of the visit, the path taken between pages, the type of computer that is being used and the approximate location of the visitor. Google Analytics does not collect any personal information such as a user’s name or email address.

How is the data used? Data is collected by Google Analytics In order to develop and improve the quality of the Culford School web site. Some of this data is collected by the web server (the computer that holds the web site) and some is collected using cookies that are sent to the web browser of each web site visitor.

Google analytics cookies;

Google Analytics uses a mixture of session and persistent cookies (lasting various times up to 2 years).

The cookies are as follows:

__utma To identify unique visitors. Expiration: 2 years. 
__utmb To identify when a new browsing “session” starts – i.e. when the user leaves the website and returns later. Expiration: 30 minutes.
__utmc This is no longer used by Google Analytics, but is still set for backwards compatibility. Expiration: session.
__utmz To record the referral information and path through the site. Expiration: 6 months.
__utmv To record custom segment information. Expiration: 2 years.

Google Analytics only uses first-party cookies – i.e. they are limited to the Culford School website and not shared with other websites. This prevents Google tracking users’ movement between different websites.

Google Analytics collects information anonymously – it reports website trends without identifying individual visitors, so there is only a very small privacy risk to users.

To view the Google Analytics Terms of Service please follow this link; Google Privacy Policy

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