Cookies

To help make your experience on this website easy, useful and reliable, we sometimes place small amounts of information on your computer, mobile phone or device. These small files are known as ‘cookies’ and are used to collect information about how you browse this website.

What are cookies?

Cookies are tiny text files that are saved to your computer or device when you browse websites. Some cookies are automatically deleted after you finish using a website, but they can be stored on your computer for different lengths of time depending on what function they perform. Session cookies are temporary and are deleted when you leave a website or close your web browser, whereas persistent cookies last for a fixed period of time, defined within the cookie, and allow the website to recognise your device and track repeat visits. 

How does the Royal Navy use cookies?

We use cookies to improve your experience of our website. Here’s what they help us do:

  • Recognise your device so you don't have to repeatedly provide us with the same information, for example filling out forms across the site
  • Recognise that you may have already provided us with a username and password, so you don't need to fill these details in repeatedly 
  • Measure how people are using different parts of the website, so we can update and make improvements based on your needs
  • Measure website performance so we can show value for money in the delivery of information and services
  • Analyse anonymised data so that we can better understand how people interact with government services, and make improvements
  • Support users’ sharing of information on the website via social media
  • Measure the effectiveness of advertising campaigns that we have endorsed
  • Tracking your use of this website so that we can tailor advertising to be more relevant to you on social media and other websites (using third-party networks)

Please click on the following link if you want to find out more:
How government websites use cookies

What do the cookies on this website do?

The cookies used on this website can be grouped into the following categories:

  • Strictly necessary cookies – These enable you to move around the website, use essential features, and are required to make the website function properly
  • Performance cookies – These collect information on your use of the website and help us improve performance and a better user experience
  • Functionality cookies – These enhance the functionality of the website by storing your preferences
  • Targeting cookies – These are used by advertising networks to track your browsing across the Internet whilst enabling us to enhance our website with services provided by third-parties

Some cookies are set directly by the Royal Navy. Others are set by third-parties when you visit this website. Third-party cookies include those set by advertising networks, the partners we use for web analytics (e.g. Google Analytics), and external websites delivering embedded content and videos (e.g. YouTube).

The cookies used by this website contain unique identifiers, however this is information is anonymised and cannot be used to identify you personally or find out who you are. The Royal Navy does not sell any information collected by cookies.

What cookies are on this website?

Strictly necessary cookies

The following cookies are strictly necessary to enable you to move around the website and use essential features. These cookies don’t collect any information that is used to identify you personally. Accepting these cookies is a condition of using this website. If you prevent these cookies, we may be unable to protect your privacy or predict how our website will perform during your visit.

Strictly necessary cookies set by the Royal Navy

Name

Purpose

Expires

ASP.NET_SessionID

To maintain an anonymous user session to enable you to navigate around the website and use your account

When you close your browser

f5_cspm

To monitor page load speed, as part of site performance monitoring.

When you close your browser

.ASPXAUTH

To identify a logged-in user to enable access to secure areas of the site.

When you close your browser

scWffm_form_XXX_anticsrf

To ensure form submissions are not tampered with.

When you close your browser

CookieNoticeSeen

To remember you have seen the cookie banner that shows the first time you come to the website.

6 months

OptanonConsent

To remember your cookie consent preferences.

1 year

OptanonAlertBoxClosed

To remember your cookie consent preferences.

1 year

Forum

The forum uses the following cookies. These cannot be disabled but are only set if you choose to visit our forum.

Name

Purpose

Expires

ASPPG.ASPPGSession

To keep track of your current session.

When you close your browser

ASPPGbackURL

To keep track of previous pages you have viewed during a session, to personalise your experience.

When you close your browser

ASPPGpreURL

To keep track of previous pages you have viewed during a session, to personalise your experience.

When you close your browser

ASPPGttRemember

To keep track of which threads you have viewed during a session, to personalise your experience.

When you close your browser

ASPPGtmSolution

To keep track of which threads you have viewed during a session, to personalise your experience.

When you close your browser

ASPPGvisitedThreads

To keep track of which threads you have viewed during a session, to personalise your experience.

When you close your browser

Performance cookies

The following cookies collect information about how you use this website and help us improve performance and provide a better user experience. Cookies of this type collect information about the pages you visit, which videos you watch and if you experience any errors.

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

We often use independent web analytics companies to measure and report on the performance of our website. As a result, some performance cookies may be set by a third-party. These can be identified in the list below.

Accepting these cookies is a condition of using this website. If you prevent these cookies, we can’t be certain how our website will perform during your visit.

Performance cookies set by the Royal Navy and our suppliers

Google Analytics

We use Google Analytics software (Universal Analytics) to collect information about how you use this website. We do this to help make sure the site is meeting the needs of its users and to help us make improvements. 

Google Analytics stores information about:

  • the pages you visit on this website
  • how long you spend on each page
  • how you got to the site
  • what you click on while you’re visiting the site

We do not collect or store your personal information (for example your name or address) so this information can’t be used to identify who you are. Cookie data is shared with Google Analytics who provide analysis and reporting services but we do not allow Google to use or share our analytics data. See more information on Google’s cookie policy here: http://www.google.com/intl/en/policies/

Google Analytics sets the following cookies.

Name

Purpose

Expires

_ga

To collect information about how you use our website.

2 years

_gat_UA-31601424-1

Used to manage the rate at which page view requests are made.

When you close your browser

_gid

This helps us count how many people visit our website by tracking if you’ve visited before.

1 day

 _ _utmx Used to determine a user's inclusion in a content experiment   18 months
 _ _utmxx Used to determine the expiry of a user's inclusion in a content experiment   18 months

Google AdWords

Name

Purpose

Expires

_gcl_aw

_gcl_dc

To store ad click information (only if remarketing cookies are enabled), generate unique IDs for visitors to remember preferences and track and gather statistics and conversion rates through the website.

90 days

Pingdom

Name

Purpose

Expires

_cfduid

Used by Pingdom monitoring service to identify trusted web traffic. Pingdom collects information to assess how fast the website loads for you.

1 year

Sitecore

This data is used by Sitecore to provide analysis and reporting services, and to improve your experience when using your account.

Name

Purpose

Expires

SC_ANALYTICS_GLOBAL_COOKIE

Collects anonymous information how you use the website, and is used to store your favourites.

10 years

Functionality cookies

The following cookies are used to provide services and enhance the functionality of the website by storing information about the choices you’ve made. These cookies don’t collect any personal information that could be used for direct marketing or to identify you personally.

We sometimes use components supplied by third-parties to improve your experience. As a result, some functionality cookies may be set by third-party. These can be identified in the list below.

You can use the cookie settings page to control whether or not functionality cookies are used, but preventing them may mean we can't offer you some services or reduce the support we can provide. 

Preventing these cookies may also stop us remembering that you didn't want a specific service.

Functionality cookies set by the Royal Navy and our suppliers

Personalisation

Name

Purpose

Expires

campaign-landing-visited-cookieXX

Keep track of which campaign pages you visited to personalise your journey on the website.

6 months

CookieGraduatePuzzles

Remembers which puzzles you have previously seen on the Graduate site.

When you close your browser

Web Chat

The Royal Navy uses web chat to help you with problems you might have with their content and services.

Name

Purpose

Expires

name

Used by the live chat provider.

When you close your browser

SRVNAME

Used by the live chat provider.

When you close your browser

k2c_Launch

Used by the live chat provider.

1 day

K2CLOCATION

Used by the live chat provider.

35 minutes

k2c_Navy_cids

Used by the live chat provider.

15 hours

k2c_chat_a1

Used by the live chat provider.

1 day

k2c_history

Used by the live chat provider.

When you close your browser

Bing Maps

Name

Purpose

Expires

MUID

MUIDB

Used by Microsoft as a unique user ID in advertising, site analytics, and other operational purposes.

1 year 

1 year

_EDGE_S

Enables us to display map content using Bing Maps

When you close your browser

 _SS Enables us to display map content using Bing Maps When you close your browser
 SRCHD Enables us to display map content using Bing Maps 1 year
 SRCHUID Enables us to display map content using Bing Maps 1 year
 SRCHUSR Enables us to display map content using Bing Maps 1 year
 _EDGE_V Enables us to display map content using Bing Maps 1 year

YouTube

These cookies set by YouTube when viewing videos using the embedded YouTube player. 

Name

Purpose

Expires

LOGIN_INFO

Used by YouTube

2 years

VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE

Lets Youtube count the views of embedded Youtube videos

9 months

SID

This cookie is used by Google in combination with HSID to verify a Google user account and most recent login time.

2 years

HSID

Used by Google in combination with SID to verify Google user account and most recent login time

2 years

demographics

Most likely used for demographic profiling and targeting for advertising

2 years

APISID

Most likely used for demographic profiling and targeting for advertising

2 years

GPS

Used by Youtube to register a unique ID on mobile devices to enable geographical GPS location tracking

30 minutes

SSID

Unknown

2 years

YSC

YouTube uses this to keep statistics about what videos you have seen from YouTube that are embedded on our website

When you close your browser

SAPISID

Unknown

2 years

Targeting cookies

The following cookies are used by advertising networks to track your browsing across the Internet or to enable us to enhance our website with services provided by third-parties.

Most third-parties provide these services in return for recognising that you have visited our website, and use the information about your visit to display adverts you may be interested in.

The cookies set by advertising networks are used to track the websites you visit before and after visiting this website and enable us to measure the effectiveness of our marketing programmes.

Most of the tracking data capture by our advertising and web analytics partners remains anonymous because the unique identifiers used in targeting cookies are not associated with an identifiable individual. Some tracking data may be linked to your record if you register on our website and submit an online application. We only use tracking data associated with an individual user or application in aggregate form for reporting purposes – for example, to measure the effectiveness of our online advertising. We don’t use tracking data to profile individual users.

You can use the cookie settings page to control whether or not these cookies are used, but preventing them may stop us from offering you some services. Alternatively, you can follow the links to access the tools provided on third-party websites to manage targeting cookies and opt-out of tracking.

Targeting cookies used by the Royal Navy and our suppliers

Microsoft / Bing

Name

Purpose

Expires

MUID

MUIDB

Used by Microsoft as a unique user ID in advertising, site analytics, and other operational purposes.

1 year 

1 year

_uetsid

Microsoft Bing Ads Universal Event Tracking (UET) tracking cookie, used to track visits to this website and tailor advertising based on the information you look at on the site

When you close your browser

Google Adwords

Name

Purpose

Expires

ads/ga-audiences

ads/user-lists/#

Attempts to re-engage you if we feel you are interested in our services, based on your online behaviour across other websites

When you close your browser

Google Doubleclick

Name

Purpose

Expires

IDE

 

Used by Google Doubleclick to register and report your actions on this website after viewing or clicking on an advert, so that the performance of the ad can be assessed and relevant ads can be presented to you

2 years

Test_cookie

Used by Google Analytics to check if your browser supports cookies

When you close your browser

 _gcl_au  Used by Google DoubleClick segment users into audience types and attribute campaign performance to your actions on this website, including conversions. 90 days

Facebook

Name

Purpose

Expires

fr

tr

_fbc

_fbp

Used by Facebook to deliver advertising. The cookie contains an encrypted Facebook user ID and browser ID. It will receive information from this website to better target and optimise advertising. 

Information collected includes IP addresses, information about the web browser, page location, document, referrer and device, button clicks, pages visited and page metadata.

3 months

Twitter

 Name Purpose  Expires 

Personalization_id

Twitter uses this cookie for integration of its services and sharing capabilities from the website to social media, as well as tracking and targeting.

2 years

i/adsct

Twitter uses this cookie to allow tailored advertising based on our actions on this website

When you close your browser

Snapchat

 Name Purpose  Expires 

_ga

_gid

Snapchat uses Google Analytics to help improve their services. For example, they can use these cookies to learn more about which features are the most popular with their users and which ones might need some tweaks.

2 years

1 day

sc-language

Snapchat uses this cookie to remember your language preferences.

1 day

sc_at

Snapchat uses this cookie to deliver advertisements, to make them more relevant and meaningful to consumers, and to track the efficiency of advertising campaigns.

1 year

Adalyzer

Name

Purpose

Expires

__adal_ca

Adalyser cookies collect data that allows us to understand how you arrive at this website, your behaviour on the site over time, and tracks effectiveness of our online advertising. It uses this information to provide tailored advertising to you based on your interests

6 months 

 __adal_campaign  When you close your browser
 __adal_conversion_window_start  1 month
 __adal_cw  6 days
 __adal_first_visit  1 year
 __adal_id  2 years
 __adal_landing  When you close your browser
 __adal_last visit  When you close your browser
 __adal_lp  6 days
 __adal_ses  When you close your browser
 __adal_session_start  When you close your browser
 Tracking/track/v2/p  When you close your browser

Semasio

Name Purpose Expires

SEUNCY

Semasio collects online identifiers relating to you (called 'Cookie IDs' and the URLs of websites you visit with this ID. This information is used to enable targeted online marketing campaigns via real-time bidding platforms.

6 months

 

How to control cookies on this site

You will be given the opportunity to update your cookie settings when you first visit this website. If you continue to browse the website without changing your cookie settings, we will assume you are happy to accept Performance and Functionality types of cookie, but will not set Targeting cookies without your explicit consent.

You will not be able to change the settings for strictly necessary cookies because these are required to provide a good browsing experience and allow us to collect basic statistics on website usage.

You can change your web browser settings to reject new cookies or delete existing cookies. Find out more here:

To learn more about cookies in general and how to manage them, visit www.aboutcookies.org.

You can choose to accept or reject certain cookies by using the Cookie Settings button below. You can accept or reject performance, functionality or targeting cookies at any time by changing your cookie settings, although third-party advertising networks may continue to use the information previously collected through targeting cookies.

 

In addition to managing the cookie settings on this website, you can opt-out of tracking and targeting cookies by following the instructions provided on the appropriate third-party websites. We have provided links to help you find this information and set your preferences.