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There are two types of cookie. Persistent cookies remain on your computer for a specified time, such as six or 12 months. Persistent cookies may be used to collect website usage information for use as described above. These cookies contain no personal information and cannot be used to identify you.
Session-specific cookies are deleted when you leave the website. Session-specific cookies may be used to
- hold the information given while using an interactive tool on a website
- hold your details when you are logged into a site
- hold your search criteria while you are carrying out a search of a website
- collect website usage information for use as described above - website usage information cookies contain no personal information and cannot be used to identify you