Cookies

We encourage you to accept the cookies our website uses (please see table below), as they help us to improve the user experience for you.  If you set your browser to refuse cookies, please be aware that functionality on various websites may no longer work properly.

Cookie

Name

Purpose

More Information

Online Form Cookies

AWSELB

firmstep2server

firmstep2session

These cookies are essential for online form operation. They are set only for those people that use the form. These cookies will expire when the browser gets closed.

Privacy at Firmstep

Online Map Cookies

astun

astun:baseMap

astun:currentLocation

astun:mapSource

atLocation

atMyCouncil

astun:visibleLayers

ASP.NET_SessionId

These cookies are essential for online map operation. Data controllers use them to provide filtered results for nearest services and to facilitate service information review when re-opening the page in the future.

Privacy at Astun Technology

Planning Application Service

JSESSIONID

This cookie is set by the Managed Service Provider (MSP). It collects information in an anonymous form. This cookie will expire when the browser gets closed.

Privacy at CIVICA

CMIS Cookies

ASPXANONYMOUS

ASP.NET_SessionId

Language

These cookies are set by the Committee Management Information System (CMIS). They collect information in an anonymous form. These cookies will expire when the browser gets closed.

Privacy at CMIS

ESSEX County Council CMIS Cookies

ASPXANONYMOUS

ASP.NET_SessionId

DateInputMode

Language

These cookies are set by the Committee Management Information System (CMIS) of Essex County Council. They collect information in an anonymous form. These cookies will expire when the browser gets closed.

Privacy at CMIS

Benefits Services Cookies

JSESSIONID

ecitizenReqId,

ASPSESSIONIDASASDSSA

AcademyGlobal

These cookies are essential for online self-service and form operation. They are set only for those people using the portal. These cookies will expire when the browser gets closed.

Privacy at Capita

Planning Portal Cookies

javascripton

JSESSIONID ppvisitorid

ppsessionid

The script cookie is used to indicate the visitor’s browser has JavaScript enabled so as to prevent each server request for re-determining. Others are set by the Planning Portal System. It collects information in an anonymous form.

 

Privacy at Planning Portal

JobsGoPublic Site Cookies

_aspire_session

This cookie is set by the job site. It collects information in an anonymous form. This cookie will expire when the browser gets closed.

Privacy at JobsGoPublic

YouTube Site Cookies

PREF

VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE

use_hitbox

These cookies are set by YouTube and used to collect information about how visitors use their site so as to compile reports and to help improve the site. The cookies collect information in an anonymous form, including where visitors have come to the site from and the pages they have visited.

Privacy at YouTube

Use of cookies

On 26 May 2011, the rules about cookies on websites changed. You should note that cookies are used on this website. The following information is provided to enable you to make an informed choice on whether you want to block cookies or not.

What is a cookie?

A cookie is a piece of information in the form of a small text file that is placed on an internet user's hard drive. It is generated by a web server, which is the computer that operates a website. The information the cookie contains is set by the server and it can be used by that server whenever the user visits the site. A cookie can be thought of as an internet user's identification card, which tell a website when the user has returned.

What is the purpose of cookies?

Cookies make the interaction between users and websites faster and easier. Without cookies, it would be very difficult for a website to allow a visitor to fill up a shopping cart or to remember the user's preferences or registration details for a future visit.

Websites use cookies mainly because they save time and make the browsing experience more efficient and enjoyable. Websites often use cookies for the purposes of collecting demographic information about their users.

Are cookies dangerous?

No. Cookies are small pieces of text. They are not computer programs, and they can't be executed as code. Also, they cannot be used to disseminate viruses, and by modifying your browser preferences, you have the choice to accept all cookies, to be notified when a cookie is set or to reject all cookies.  However, you should be aware that if cookies are rejected you will not be able to use some of the online application processes provided by this site.

Can cookies threaten users' privacy?

Cookies are stored on the computer's hard drive. They cannot access the hard drive - so a cookie cannot read other information saved on the hard drive, or get a user's email address etc. They only contain and transfer to the server as much information as the users themselves have disclosed to a certain website.

A server cannot set a cookie for a domain that it is not a member of. In spite of this, users quite often find in their computer files cookies from websites that they have never visited. These cookies are usually set by companies that sell internet advertising on behalf of other websites.

Therefore it may be possible that users' information is passed to third party websites without the users' knowledge or consent, such as information on surfing habits. This is the most common reason for people rejecting or fearing cookies.

How the Council uses cookies

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. 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
  • Measuring how many visitors are using the services of this website

The use of cookies is solely to facilitate the functioning of the website. We do not collect personal information nor do we share any of our cookies with a third party.