What are Cookies?
A cookie is a piece of information contained in a very small text file that is stored on your computer. Cookies allow a website to identify a user's device whenever that user returns to the website and are commonly used in order to make websites work more efficiently and enrich the user experience, as well as to provide information to the owners of the website.
Main Cookies Maven Public Sector Uses
The table below is a list of the main cookies set in our Website. Please note that we may from time to time modify or update our cookies. When that happens, we will update this list accordingly.
The descriptions of cookies below are associated with the Purpose Classifications developed by The UK International Chamber of Commerce (ICC):
- Strictly Necessary Cookies: These cookies are essential in order to enable you to move around the website and use its features, such as accessing secure areas of the website. Without these cookies, services you have asked for, like shopping baskets or e-billing, cannot be provided.
- Performance Cookies: These cookies collect information about how visitors use a website, for instance which pages visitors go to most often, and if they get error messages from web pages. These cookies don't collect information that identifies a visitor. All information these cookies collect is aggregated and therefore anonymous. It is only used to improve how a website works.
- Functionality Cookies: These cookies allow the website to remember choices you make (such as your user name, language or the region you are in) and provide enhanced, more personal features. For instance, a website may be able to provide you with local weather reports or traffic news by storing in a cookie the region in which you are currently located. These cookies can also be used to remember changes you have made to text size, fonts and other parts of webpages that you can customise. They may also be used to provide services you have asked for, such as watching a video or commenting on a blog. The information these cookies collect may be anonymised and they cannot track your browsing activity on other websites.
- Targeting / Advertising Cookies: These cookies are used to deliver advertisements more relevant to you and your interests. They are also used to limit the number of times you see an advertisement as well as help measure the effectiveness of the advertising campaign. They are usually placed by advertising networks with the website operator’s permission. They remember that you have visited a website and this information is shared with other organisations such as advertisers. Quite often targeting or advertising cookies will be linked to site functionality provided by the other organisation.
Purpose Classifications and Descriptions for each cookie used in our Website are identified in the chart below:
|Cookie Name||Purpose Classification||Description|
|_ga||Performance||This cookie name is associated with Google Universal Analytics - which is a significant update to Google's more commonly used analytics service. This cookie is used to distinguish unique users by assigning a randomly generated number as a client identifier. It is included in each page request in a site and used to calculate visitor, session and campaign data for the sites analytics reports. It is set to expire after 2 years.|
|_gat_UA-790884-28||Performance||This is a pattern type cookie set by Google Analytics, where the pattern element on the name contains the unique identity number of the account or website it relates to. It is a variation of the _gat cookie which is used to limit the amount of data recorded by Google on high traffic volume websites.|
|_gid||Performance||This cookie name is associated with Google Universal Analytics. This is a new cookie and as of Spring 2017; It stores and updates a unique value for each page visited.|
|SC_ANALYTICS_GLOBAL_COOKIE||Performance||This cookie name is associated with the Sitecore Content Management System as is used for web analytics to identify repeat visits by unique users.|
|ASP.NET_SessionId||Strictly Necessary||General purpose platform session cookie, used by sites written with Microsoft .NET based technologies. It is used to maintain an anonymised user session by the server.|
|BIGipServerxxxxx||Strictly Necessary||This cookie name is associated with the BIG-IP product suite from company F5. It is associated with managing sessions on load balanced servers, to ensure user requests are routed consistently to the correct server. The common root is BIGipServer followed by a domain name, the one that it is hosted on, but not always.|
|cb-enabled||Strictly Necessary||This cookie is associated with a script which shows a cookie alert notice on the Website. It is used to record when the user has accepted and dismissed the cookie notice to prevent it re-appearing on return visits.|
||A load balancing cookie - similar to BIGipServerxxxxx. Used by Apache to manage sticky sessions.|
|_sc_token||Strictly Necessary||A session cookie used to maintain your transaction. Generally, your session cookies expire when your browser is closed.|
How to Control Cookies
You can control and/or delete cookies as you wish – for details, see aboutcookies.org. You can delete all cookies that are already on your computer and you can set most browsers to prevent them from being placed. If you do this, however, you may have to manually adjust some preferences every time you visit our Website and some services and functionalities may not work.