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What are cookies?

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, such as the number of visitors. Most major websites use cookies.

Types of cookies used on our website

Our own cookies, as well as third party cookies, are listed below. If you use our website, you agree to our use of cookies.

'Strictly necessary' cookies

Some cookies on our website are essential for us to be able to provide you with a service you have requested. If you prevent these cookies, via your browser for example, we can't predict how our website will perform during your visit. Some services may stop working.

We use 'strictly necessary' cookies for things like:
  • online forms and payments
  • searching the burials records system
  • searching the council minutes and agendas system

'Analytics' cookies

We use analytics cookies to help us understand how users engage with our website. They also allow us to see which features are most popular and make them better, and remove the features that nobody uses. We would find it difficult to analyse how well our website was performing and improve it without these cookies.

These cookies don't collect any information that could identify you – all the information collected is
anonymous and is only used to help us improve how our website works.

We use 'analytics cookies' for recording things like:
  • the number of visitors to our website
  • the type of device used to access our website such as PC, mobile phone or iPad
These are considered non-essential cookies. If you do not accept cookies, these will be disabled.

'Social sharing' cookies

We use cookies to allow you to share content directly to social networking sites such as Facebook. These are generally third party cookies set by external companies such as AddThis, Facebook and Twitter.

These are considered non-essential cookies. If you do not accept cookies, these will be disabled.

List of our cookies

Strictly necessary cookies

 

Cookie Name What does this do?
BCC site cookie
BCCCookies This cookie is used to record if a user has closed the cookies message on our website, and therefore will not be shown again for another two years (or if you clear your cookies via your browser).
ASP session cookie ASPSESSIONISAABATSAB
This session cookie is used by our server and is required so that our web pages function properly.

It will expire when the browser is closed.
Online forms and payments TSfe1b89
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These session cookies allow users to fill out our online forms.

They maintain the state of the page and store values entered as you progress between screens.

They will expire when the browser is closed.
Minutes and agendas system ASP.NET_SessionID
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 These session cookies allow users to search our council minutes and agendas system.

They will expire when the browser is closed.
Burial records system TS612450
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 These session cookies allow users to search our burial records system.

They will expire when the browser is closed.

 

Analytics cookies

Cookie Name What does this do? More information
Google Analytics  _utmc _utma _utmz _utmb ga These cookies are used to collect information about how visitors use our website. We use the information to compile reports and to help us improve the site. No personal details are recorded. The cookies collect information such as the number of visitors to the site and the pages they visited.
View Google Analytics privacy policy

To opt out of being tracked by Google Analytics across all websites, please visit tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout
SiteAnalyze  nmstat This cookie is used to collect information about how visitors use our website. We use the information to compile reports and to help us improve the site. No personal details are recorded. The cookie collects information such as the number of visitors to the site and the pages they visited.  

 

Third party cookies

Some of the cookies used on our website are stored on your machine by third parties. We have no control over these cookies or how the third parties use them.

They are used to allow that third party to provide a service to us, for example maps and photo galleries.

For more information on these cookies and how to disable them, please see the third party's individual privacy policy listed below.

 

Cookie About the cookie
Name More information
AddThis Analytics
AddThis provide anonymised data about how many users are sharing content on our website.

Social sharing
AddThis store cookies which allow the social sharing functionality on social networks such as Facebook

Interest-based advertising
AddThis tools may also collect data for the purpose of interest-based advertising.
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View AddThis privacy policy
YouTube  We embed videos from our official YouTube channel using YouTube's privacy-enhanced mode. This mode may set cookies on your computer once you click on the YouTube video player, but YouTube will not store personally-identifiable cookie information for playbacks of embedded videos using the privacy-enhanced mode. To find out more, please visit YouTube's embedding videos information page
  View YouTube (Google) privacy policy
Google maps / Yahoo maps / Bing maps  We use Google, Yahoo and Bing maps in our 'find my nearest' search facility. We also place Google maps around the site to help people find a venue or service. JSESSIONID
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View Google privacy policy

View Bing (Microsoft) privacy policy

View Yahoo privacy policy

Flash
We use Flash for things like photo galleries and games.

They can be used to store website settings and information (like Flash game scores), to track website behaviour, and to target advertisements.

These cookies can reveal what websites you have visited. 
  Users can manage Flash cookies via the  Adobe Flash Player settings manager
Flickr


We have a number of Flickr galleries embedded across our website.


 

View Flickr (Yahoo) privacy policy

 

Disable all cookies

For information on how to disable all cookies, visit www.allaboutcookies.org

If you disabled all cookies on our website, some services will not work properly, for example online forms and payments.

More information

Useful information about cookies can be found at www.allaboutcookies.org

If you have a query about our use of cookies, please email webmaster@belfastcity.gov.uk

We may update this policy from time to time. We last changed this policy on 28 September 2016.