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UK-AIR cookies policy 

You can jump to the following sections on this page:

  1. Introduction
  2. Cookies used on this website
  3. How to control and delete cookies

1. Introduction

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, computer or mobile phone. These include small files known as cookies. They cannot be used to identify you personally.

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 given a username and password so you don't need to do it for every web page requested
  • measuring how many people are using services, so they can be made easier to use and there's enough capacity to ensure they are fast
  • analysing anonymised data to help us understand how people interact with govt services so we can make them better.

You can manage these small files and learn more about them from the article Internet Browser cookies - what they are and how to manage them.

If you'd like to learn how to remove cookies set on your device, visit the About Cookies website.

2. Cookies used on this website

Measuring website usage (Google Analytics)

This website uses Google Analytics to collect information about how people use this site. We do this to make sure it's meeting its users' needs and to understand how we could do it better.

Google Analytics stores information about what pages you visit, how long you are on the site, how you got here and what you click on. We do not collect or store your personal information (e.g. your name or address) so this information cannot be used to identify who you are. We do not allow Google to use or share our analytics data.

The following cookies are set by Google Analytics:

Name Typical Content Expires
_utma randomly generated number 2 years
_utmb randomly generated number 30 minutes
_utmc randomly generated number when you close your browser
_utmz randomly generated number and information on how the site was reached (e.g. direct or via a link, organic search or paid search) 6 months

Helping you login to password protected areas of UK-AIR

Cookies are used to help you log into this website and ensure it remains secure. The following cookies are used:

Name Typical Content Expires
PHPSESSID randomly generated text allowing management of your logged in session When you close your browser, or your browser session ends
_wee randomly generated text 1 month

Remembering your forecast location

A cookie is used to help remember your chosen forecast location that can appear as a banner on the top of the forecast pages:

Name Typical Content Expires
ukaf_saved_location An identifier of the location you've selected 6 months

GIS Interactive Map Viewer

Cookies are used in this section of the website so we know whether you've visited before - if it is your first time, useful help information is shown. The following cookies are used:

Name Typical Content Expires
ukair_gis_visit 1 6 months

Other cookies used on UK-AIR

AddThis cookies are used for social media sharing.  The following cookies may be used:

Name Typical Content Expires
di randomly generated number
2 years
dt randomly generated number
30 days
loc country code and randomly generated letters and numbers
30 days
psc number
2 years
ssh your favourite preferences
2 years
uid randomly generated letters and numbers
2 years
sshs Used for optimizing sharing settings for the user 2 years
uit randomly generated letters and numbers 2 years

3.  How to control and delete cookies

We will not use cookies to collect personally identifiable information about you.

However, if you wish to restrict or block the cookies which are set by our websites, or indeed any other website, you can do this through your browser settings. The 'Help' function within your browser should tell you how.

Alternatively, you may wish to visit www.aboutcookies.org which contains comprehensive information on how to do this on a wide variety of browsers. You will also find details on how to delete cookies from your machine as well as more general information about cookies.

Please be aware that restricting cookies may impact on the functionality of our website.

Page last modified: 07 April 2014