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 computer, mobile phone or tablet. These are known as cookies. They cannot be used to identify you personally.
What are cookies?
Cookies are used to improve services for you by:
- enabling a service to recognise your computer 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 services, so that popular services can be made easier and faster to use
- analysing anonymous data to help us understand how people interact with government services so we can make them better
What do cookies look like?
If you click on a cookie you’ll see a short string of text and numbers. The numbers are your identification card, which can only be seen by the website server that gave you the cookie.
MATRIX websites and some of the tools and services they link to use a number of cookies. These cookies are listed below with more details about why we use them and how long they will last.
Measuring website usage
We use Google Analytics to collect information about how people use the website. We do this to make sure it’s meeting people’s needs and to understand how we could meet those needs better.
Google Analytics 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 details such as your name or address. We cannot identify who you are.
We do not allow Google Analytics to use or share any information we collect with other third parties.
How to manage your cookies
For information on how to restrict or block cookies on the browser of your mobile phone you will need to refer to your handset manual.
Alternatively, you will also find details on how to restrict or delete cookies on a wide variety of browsers, as well as more general information about cookies, on the About Cookies website.
Please be aware that restricting cookies may impact on the way our website works for you.
Cookies on social networking websites
We have links at the top of MATRIX website pages to social networking websites (for example Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and YouTube). These websites may place cookies on your computer.
The social networking sites that MATRIX links to are third party sites and MATRIX does not have any control over the way that these sites use your data. You should read their respective privacy policies carefully to find out what happens to any data that is collected when you use these services and to consider whether you want to opt out.
Twitter is a social networking service. Users send short updates, or mini-blogs (known as tweets), that are no more than 140 characters long. You can collect followers and follow other users. You can also tag words and search tags to find out what other people are talking about.
LinkedIn is a professional networking social website which has millions of members worldwide. You register and create a profile. You can then network will colleagues and business associates as well as interact with networking groups.
YouTube is a video hosting and distribution platform owned by Google.