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Privacy and cookies policy

Under the General Data Protection Regulation you have a number of important rights that may be exercised free of charge. In summary, those include rights to:

  • fair processing of information and transparency over how we use your use personal information
  • access to your personal information and to certain other supplementary information that this Privacy Notice is already designed to address
  • require us to correct any mistakes in your information which we hold
  • require the erasure of personal information concerning you in certain situations
  • receive the personal information concerning you which you have provided to us, in a structured, commonly used and machine-readable format and have the right to transmit those data to a third party in certain situations
  • object at any time to processing of personal information concerning you for direct marketing
  • object in certain other situations to our continued processing of your personal information
  • otherwise restrict our processing of your personal information in certain circumstances

If you would like to exercise any of these rights, or find out more visit our data protection page.

To find out more about what we do with personal information, you can view Dorset Council's privacy notice

Cookies used on Dorset Council

Cookies are small text files that are placed on your computer by websites that you visit. They are widely used in order to make websites work, or work more efficiently, as well as to provide information to the owners of the site. The table below explains the cookies we use and why.
Cookies on Dorset Council
 Name PurposeExpires Company 
 Dorset Indicates whether the cookie bar has been accepted.  Session Zengenti
 hidden Registers whether an alert has been read and hidden.  Session Zengenti
localisedData Deals with the localisation in the header.  Session Zengenti
shortlist Deals with the Adult social care shortlist.  Session Zengenti

Cookies across all sites

Cookies
 Name PurposeExpires  Company
 nmsat  Analytics  33 months  Siteimprove
 _ga  Analytics  02 years  Google
 _gid  Analytics  24 hours  Google
 _gat  Analytics  1 minute  Google

Website cookies used on our branded applications

A summary of cookies used by our specific branded applications. These will be updated as and when the web services change. Please note that most of them also use Google Analytics cookies, just as our main site does.

Persistent cookies

These remember your preferences from visit to visit, for example, if you have changed the font size and whether you have JavaScript enabled on your computer. These will remain on your computer unless you delete them.

  • Archives

  • Newsroom - a cookie is used for each visitor to identify them as a new or returning visitor

  • My Local - providing information that is specific to your postcode

Session cookies

These cookies are deleted when you leave Dorset Council

Third party cookies

These are cookies set by other websites whose services we use on Dorset Council

Google Analytics - we use Google Analytics to gather aggregated information to understand how visitors engage with Dorset Council. Knowing which areas of content are most popular allows us to organise our content accordingly, making it easier for customers to find what they are looking for. The data is collected anonymously, reporting website trends without identifying individual visitors. The data collected is very helpful to us in improving this website, but you can opt out if you wish.

Google maps - we embed some Google maps on our pages to show the location of various facilities. Google uses cookies to manage locations and to provide web analytics in terms of the number of times a map has been viewed and/or shared.

Jobs in Dorset - our jobs and recruitment functionality is provided by Abacus Recruit. These pages use three cookies: 

  1. ASP.NET_SessionId - This identifies the information for your browsing session
  2. HighContrast - this tells the system if you have chosen to use the high contrast scheme
  3. InternalJobsCookie - This tells the system which users are allowed to see jobs that have an 'Internal Job' indicator set to yes

YouTube (Google) - we embed some videos from our Dorset Council YouTube account to provide add value to certain areas of content. A YouTube cookie is used to provide web analytics in terms of the number of times a video has been watched and/or shared.

Twitter - we embed some Twitter feeds on our pages. There is also the option to share a page to Twitter. Twitter uses cookies to determine who follows the various links contained in these embedded feeds.

Facebook - we embed some Facebook feeds on our pages. There is also the option to share a page to Facebook. Facebook uses cookies to determine who follows the various links contained in these embedded feeds.

LinkedIn- there is the option to share a page to LinkedIn. LinkedIn uses cookies to determine who follows the various links.

How do I change my cookie settings?

You can change your cookie preferences at any time by clicking on the ‘C’ icon. You can then adjust the available sliders to ‘On’ or ‘Off’, then clicking ‘Save and close’. You may need to refresh your page for your settings to take effect.

Alternatively, most web browsers allow some control of most cookies through the browser settings. To find out more about cookies, including how to see what cookies have been set, visit www.aboutcookies.org or www.allaboutcookies.org.

Find out how to manage cookies on popular browsers:

To find information relating to other browsers, visit the browser developer's website.

To opt out of being tracked by Google Analytics across all websites, visit http://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout.

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