Privacy on the website

Notwithstanding the tracking which is part of Google Analytics, CESS website does not collect any personal details from you as you visit the website.

Google Analytics may collect your IP address, and repeat-visit data relating to the IDs in the cookies, for intelligence as to how visitors use our site generally. CESS does not access this information and only ever sees aggregated, non-personal data from Google Analytics.

How we use cookies

Our webpages use ‘cookies’. A cookie is a small file of letters and numbers that is placed on your computer or mobile device. Cookies may be set either by the website (“first party cookies”), or by a third party website (“third party cookies”). The tables below identify the cookies we use and explain the purposes for which they are used.

First party cookies

Cookie name Purpose and duration
PHPSESSID Only contain a reference to a session stored on the web server. No information is stored in the user’s browser and this cookie can only be used by the current website.

Google Analytics

CESS uses Google Analytics (GA) to collect information about how visitors use our website so that we can improve it from time to time. The cookies collect data from your web browser for the GA service which processes it “pseudonymously” meaning that an ID is created which helps track what you do, but cannot be used by us to identify you.

For further information on how Google Analytics handles user data please see the overview of Google Analytics privacy. The table below shows details of the cookies that Google Analytics uses:​

Cookie name Purpose and duration
_ga Tracking: helps us count how many people visit our website by tracking if you’ve visited before. 2 year duration.
_gid Tracking: helps us count how many people visit our website by tracking if you’ve visited before. 24 hours duration.
_gat_gtag_UA_70766661_1 Tracking: to determine the rate at which page view requests are made. 1 minute duration.


Most web browsers allow some control of most cookies through the browser settings. To find out more about cookies, including how to see what cookies have been set and how to manage and delete them, please visit the Information Commissioner’s Office – cookie guidance.

To opt out of being tracked by Google Analytics across all websites visit