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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

Dorset Council puts small files (known as ‘cookies’) onto your computer to collect information about how you browse the site. A cookie is a small piece of data that is sent to your browser from a web server and stored temporarily on your computer. A cookie cannot read data off your hard disk, read cookie files created by other websites or damage your system.

This website only uses cookies to maintain a unique identity on your browser whilst you use certain pages. Any cookies used do not contain any record of the information you may enter, nor any other personal information. They are only used to measure overall website traffic and to ensure interactive sessions function correctly.

We recommend you allow the cookies that we set on this website as they help us provide a better service and make our website easier to use. You can however set your web browser to refuse cookies from this site. In your browser's settings you can also delete individual cookies or any cookies that your browser has stored. Please be aware that this will result in significant chunks of functionality not working as intended.

The Information Commissioner's Office have more information about how to manage cookies

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

 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.

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