Cookies

Cookies are used in our web applications to keep track of your preferences, your logins, enabling the web site to run efficiently and collecting data on how people use our web site.

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 as well as analysing your journey through the site, to help us improve your experience as a user.

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 online services, to help us improve the website
  • letting you change text size, you can use the icons at the top of every web page to change the size of the text. You can also increase the text size and view a high visibility colour scheme

This is done through small files known as cookies. They cannot be used to identify you personally.

A cookie is a small text file usually containing a random and unique identifier that is sent to your browser from a web server and then stored onto your computer's hard drive. They are used to store information about you on your computer.

Cookies we use

We use Google Analytics and Site Analyze to collect information about how people use this site. We do this to make sure the site is meeting our users' needs and to understand how we could make improvements to the sites user experience.  

Google Analytics and Site Analyze store 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 can't be used to identify who you are. We do not allow Google to use or share our Analytics data.

Google Analytics

The following cookies are set by Google Analytics:

Google Analytics Cookies
Cookie NameExpiresPathSecureDomain
__utma 2 years / No .wigan.gov.uk
__utmc End of session / No .wigan.gov.uk
__utmz 6 months / No .wigan.gov.uk
_ga 2 years / No .wigan.gov.uk

SiteAnalyze Analytics

The following cookies are set by SiteAnalyze

Site Analyze Website Cookies
Cookie NameExpiresPathSecureDomain
nmstat 1000 days / No .siteimprove.com

Agilisys Engage (measuring website traffic)

We use Agilisys Engage to monitor how users travel across the website and the pages they visit. Agilisys Engage uses JavaScript to drop the cookie onto your browser. The information collected is IP address, date, pages visited, time spent on page, mouse movements, and pixel width of device. All data is stored using randomly generated IDs and no personal information is collected. The cookie does not collect any information entered on pages or forms.

The following two cookies are used:

Agilisys Cookies
Cookie nameWhat it doesWhen it expires
_lgn_cscv2 This cookie stores the unique anonymous ID of each visitor. This cookie persists for 365 days
LGNref This cookie stores the profiling data e.g. the most recent web pages visited. This is a session-based cookie (expires when you close the browser)

gn_cscv2 is the 1st party cookie which Engage drops. This is dropped by JavaScript sitting on our web pages and is dropped under the Wigan domain.

LGNref is the 3rd party cookie, which Engage drops. This is dropped under the logo-net.co.uk domain.

Wigan MBC Cookies

We use these cookies to keep track of user preferences and enable the web site to work efficiently

Wigan Website Cookies
Cookie NameExpiresPathSecureDomain
ASP.NET_SessionId At end of session / No .wigan.gov.uk

The Website is written in a web framework called ASP.NET. The ASPNET SessionID cookie is used to keep track of the session while you browse the web site. It can't be used to identify you.

UserPreferences keeps track of how you view the site. I keeps a track of whether you view the site in High Contrast or in Large Extra Large or Normal text size.

AddThis Cookies

AddThis Cookies
Cookie NameExpiresPathSecureDomain
bt 2 Years / No .addthis.com
di 2 Years / No .addthis.com
dt 1 Month / No .addthis.com
loc 6 weeks / No .addthis.com
psc 2 Years / No .addthis.com
ssc 22 months / No .addthis.com
uid 2 Years / No .addthis.com
uit 1 day / No .addthis.com
uvc 2 Years / No .addthis.com

These cookies enable the ShareThis site to work. ShareThis is a site that enables you to share links with social networking sites and other link sharing sites such as Rededdit and Stumbleupon

YouTube cookies

Youtube Cookies
Cookie NameExpiresPathSecureDomain
HSID 20 Years / No .youtube.com
LOGIN_INFO 20 Years / No .youtube.com
PREF 20 Years / No .youtube.com
SID 20 Years / No .youtube.com
SSID 20 Years / No .youtube.com
VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE 6 months / No .youtube.com
use_hitbox At End Of Session / No .youtube.com

We use YouTube cookies to embed streaming video on our web site. YouTube inserts these cookies for keeping tracking of visitors, user preferences and collecting statistics about views. They can't be used to identify you. See Google privacy policy (external link) for information.

Further Information

For further information on how cookies work visit Wikipedia cookies (external link)

To see how to control cookies in your browser visit the following website: All about cookies (external link).

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