Cookies

Cookies are files stored in your browser and are used by most websites to help personalise your web experience.

Essential and third party cookies

Some cookies are essential to delivering our services, and our sites may not function correctly if you do not allow them. These cookies are described below as essential.

Many third party services on our website, such as analytics, mapping, video and social networking software, will also set cookies in your browser. They aren't essential to accessing our services but may help to enhance them. These are also listed below.

Find out more about cookies and how to disable them in your browser at allaboutcookies.org.

Use Cookie nameDescription
Session information

SQ_SYSTEM_SESSION

Essential for the correct operation of ros.gov.uk, this cookie is set by the software which powers our website and stores a random unique string of letters and numbers. Session cookies are required to follow your progress through the website and to ensure that any information you enter or routes you take are remembered. This cookie does not identify you personally and is not linked to any other information we store about you. This information is deleted when you close your browser. Find out more about session ID cookies at allaboutcookies.

JSESSIONID, JSESSIONID_PFSI, JSESSIONID_SSSI, authServer

Essential for the correct operation of eservices.ros.gov.uk, these general purpose session cookies are used by the server to maintain a user's session data. This information is deleted when you close your browser. Find out more about session ID cookies at allaboutcookies.

CISESSIONID, ASPSESSIONIDASSRACBD, JSESSIONID

Essential for the correct operation of rcil.ros.gov.uk, these general purpose session cookies are used by the server to maintain a user's session data. This information is deleted when you close your browser. Find out more about session ID cookies at allaboutcookies.

org_id

This cookie is an anonymised string that allows us to track users of our eservices by organisation type for the purpose of improving our services.

user_id

This cookie is an anonymised string that allows us to track return users of our eservices for the purpose of improving our services.

ros_apps

This cookie helps us to ensure that users of our eservices can remain logged in during transactions.

Cookie Control

civicAllowCookies

Essential for the correct operation of our sites, this is the cookie stored by Cookie Control when a user agrees to have cookies stored on their machine.

announcement_info

This cookie remembers that you've seen the Cookie Control notification so you don't see the announcement again.

Google Analytics

_ga

This cookie helps us count how many people visit the RoS website by tracking if you've visited the site before. It expires after two years.

_gat

This cookie is used to manage the rate at which page view requests are made on our sites. It expires after 10 minutes. A full explanation of how Google utilise cookies in their analytics software can be found on their developers site.

HotJar

_hjClosedSurveyInvites:

This cookie helps us to ensure that users of our eservices who interact with survey invites are not presented with repeat messaging.

_hjDonePolls

This cookie helps us to ensure that users of our eservices who complete feedback polls not presented with repeat messaging.

_hjMinimizedPolls

This cookie helps us to ensure that users of our eservices who minimise feedback polls can continue to navigate our site without those polls re-appearing.

_hjDoneTestersWidgets

This cookie helps us to ensure that users of our eservices who interact with user testing invites are not presented with repeat messaging.

_hjMinimizedTestersWidgets

This cookie helps us to ensure that users of our eservices who minimise user testing invites can continue to navigate our site without those polls re-appearing.

_hjIncludedInSample

This cookie helps us to track whether users of our eservices are included in the sample which is used to generate funnels. Find out more about HotJar and cookies.

Google Maps

APISID, GMAIL_RTT, HSID, NID, PREF, SAPISID, SID, SSID

These cookies are used by Google wherever Google Maps is embedded on our website. Find out more about the different types of cookies used by Google.

YouTube

APISID, HSID, SAPISID, SID, SSID

These cookies are used by Google wherever a YouTube video is embedded on our website. Find out more about the different types of cookies used by Google.