Citizens Advice is committed to safeguarding your privacy, while providing a high quality of service. Citizens Advice will treat your personal information as confidential and your details will not be given or sold to anyone.
We will use the information collected online to help us understand more about how our site is used by visitors, and to develop and enhance our services to you.
- track aspects of user visits, including the length of a user’s visit, their browser, geographic location and the use of the search facility on this website
- remember users selected contrast and/or text resizing style preferences for this website
- record a user’s video preferences for our YouTube videos viewed on this website.
First party cookies
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|__utma||This is one of the four main cookies set by the Google Analytics service which enables website owners to track visitor behaviour and measure site performance. This cookie lasts for 2 years by default and distinguishes between users and sessions. It it used to calculate new and returning visitor statistics. The cookie is updated every time data is sent to Google Analytics.†||2 years from set/update|
|__utmb||This is one of the four main cookies set by the Google Analytics service which enables website owners to track visitor behaviour and measure site performance. This cookie determines new sessions and visits and expires after 30 minutes. The cookie is updated every time data is sent to Google Analytics.†||30 minutes from set/update|
|__utmc||This is one of the four main cookies set by the Google Analytics service which enables website owners to track visitor behaviour and measure site performance. It is set to enable interoperability with the older version of Google Analytics code known as Urchin. In this older versions this was used in combination with the __utmb cookie to identify new sessions/ visits for returning visitors. When used by Google Analytics this is always a Session cookie which is destroyed when the user closes their browser.|
|__utmz||This is one of the four main cookies set by the Google Analytics service which enables website owners to track visitor behaviour measure of site performance. This cookie identifies the source of traffic to the site – so Google Analytics can tell site owners where visitors came from when arriving on the site. The cookie has a life span of 6 months and is updated every time data is sent to Google Analytics.†||6 months from set/update|
|__utmv||This is an optional additional cookie set by the Google Analytics service which enables website owners to track visitor behaviour and measure site performance. This cookie is used when site owners create custom visitor-level variables for customising what can be measured. The cookie is updated every time data is sent to Google Analytics.||0 days|
|AGLogon||Stores login details if the “Remember me” option has been selected.||90 days|
|ANONID||Anonymous session cookie. Used where information you have entered needs to be used over several pages. For example the contact form and letter generators.||When the user exits the browser|
|eprivacy||Stops the banner message about cookies showing on every page. It is only shown on the first three pages visited, or until it is closed.||1 year|
|extent||Used to remember which part are of the UK you prefer to view information in. This allows you to skip the splash screen.||1 month|
|REQURL||Allows a user to be sent to the correct page following a login.||At end of session|
|SESSION||Required so users can log in.||At end of session|
Third party cookies from .twitter.com, twitter.com
Twitter does not currently provide information on the use of specific cookies.
Third party cookies from .google.com, .youtube.com
|Cookie name||About this cookie (where known)||Expires|
|SID||This cookie is used by Google in combination with HSID to verify a Google user account and most recent login time.||3646 days|
|PREF||This is a common Google cookie, used across several of their services. Stores user preference and can be used to personalise ads on google searches.||730 days|
|HSID||Used by Google in combination with SID to verify Google user account and most recent login time.||331 days|
|VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE||This cookie is used as a unique identifier to track viewing of videos.||241 days|
Third party cookies from plusone.google.com, apis.google.com, plus.google.com
Third party cookies from accounts.google.com
Third party cookies from .facebook.com
*cookie – a bit of information kept on a user’s computer.
† For more information on Google Analytics tracking: http://code.google.com/apis/analytics/docs/concepts/gaConceptsCookies.html
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Your personal information
When you provide Citizens Advice with personal information, for example, when using the feedback form, we take steps to ensure that your information is treated securely. Our Citizens Advice information charter provides full details of how we handle your personal information.
Citizens Advice makes every effort to ensure the security and integrity of emails on our systems. Unfortunately, no data transmission over the internet can be guaranteed to be 100% secure. As a result, while we strive to protect your personal information after we’ve received it, Citizens Advice cannot ensure or guarantee the security of information when it is being transmitted.