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Cookies Policy

Use Of Cookies Within Dartford Borough Council's Website

"Cookies" are small files left behind on your computer when you visit a website. When you return to a website, the browser sends this file to the website's server. This allows the site to recognise who you are and perform certain tasks like: keeping you logged-in to a secure area of the site or personalising webpages to you. They also allow websites to more accurately track your browsing behaviour for statistical analysis.

Because of the privacy concerns that cookies may raise, many users choose to limit how they are stored on their machine. Below is an explanation of how we use cookies and advice for taking control of how they are stored on your machine.

See the Information Commissioner's guidance on Cookies.

Controlling How Cookies Are Stored On Your Computer

To find out more about cookies, including how to control and delete them, please visit www.allaboutcookies.org

Due to their core role of enhancing/enabling usability or site processes, disabling cookies may prevent users from using certain websites. Should you wish to disable cookies, however, you can find out how at:www.allaboutcookies.org/manage-cookies.

Does Our Website Use Cookies?

Collecting statistical information about visitor behaviour patterns. Whenever anyone visits our website we collect standard internet log information and details of visitor behaviour patterns. We do this to find out the number of visitors to the various parts of  our website. We collect this information in a way that does not identify anyone. We make no attempt to find out the identities of those visiting our website.

We use Google Analytics to help analyse use of our website. This analytical tool uses cookies to collect standard web log information and visitor behaviour information in an anonymous form. The information generated by the cookie about your use of the website is transmitted to Google. This information is then used by us to evaluate visitors' use of the website and to compile statistical reports  on our website activity.

We will not (and will not allow any third party to) use the statistical analytics tool to track or to collect any information that personally identifies visitors to our website. We will not associate any data gathered from this site with any personally identifying information from any source as part of our use of the Google statistical analytics tool. We do not make, and do not allow Google to make, any attempt to find out the identities of those visiting our website. If we do want to collect personally identifiable information through our website, we will be up front about this. We will make it clear when we collect personal information and will explain what we intend to do with it.

Cookies Used By Our Website:

Google Analytics (Used to collect statistical information on site usage):
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The Cookie message Tool (Used to display the Cookie acceptance message on the website):
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Planning Public Access (Used to establish a session to the Planning Portal):
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The MyProperty Application (Used to establish a session to the MyProperty Application):
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Capita Payments (Used to make secure Online payments):
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To Find Out More About Google Analytics, Visit: www.google.co.uk/analytics.

If you wish to opt out of being tracked by Google Analytics across all websites, visit: Google opt out.