About cookies

Most websites you visit use cookies to improve your experience when using the site.

Cookies make using websites easier to use as they let you navigate between pages quickly and they store preferences about how you wish to use the pages. Some websites also use cookies to target advertising or marketing messages to you based on your location and the other websites that you’ve visit.

What is a cookie?

A cookie is a simple text file that is stored on your computer or mobile device by a website.  The information held in a cookie can only be retrieved or read by the website that placed the cookie on your browser.

Each cookie is unique to your web browser as it contains anonymous information such as a unique identifier, the website name and some digits and numbers. The cookie allows a website to remember things like your preferences or what’s in a shopping basket.

Types of cookie

Cookies may be set directly by the website you are visiting – these are ‘first party cookies’.  Or they may be set by other websites who run content on the page you are viewing – these are ‘third party cookies’.  

Session cookies are only stored on your computer during a browsing session and are deleted from your computer device when you close the browser.  ‘Persistent cookies’ are saved on your computer for a fixed period (usually a year or more) and are not deleted when the browser is closed. We use this type of cookie to store your preferences for your next visit.

Some websites use Adobe Flash Player to deliver video and games content to their users and Adobe uses a type of cookie to store preferences and track your usage. Other technologies may also be used to understand how you use a web site.   For example, a web beacon is usually a small, transparent image embedded in a web page or an email. Web beacons are used with cookies and capture information such as your IP address, when a page or email was viewed and from what device or location.

Cookies used by Corby Clinical Commissioning Group

Cookie NamePurpose
useTextOnly This is used to store whether you are using the site in textOnly mode or not. 
Persistent for three months.
setString This is used to store user preferences for viewing sites in textOnly mode e.g. font-size and colour.
cookieconsent_status This is used to store whether the site will display the consent message. 
Persistent for one year.
Google Analytics
These cookies are used to collect information about how visitors use our site. This information can be used to compile reports and to help us improve the site. The cookies collect information in an anonymous form, including the number of visitors to the site, where visitors have come to the site from and the pages they visited. 
Click here for an overview of privacy at Google

What to do if you don’t want cookies to be set

Some people don’t like the idea of a website storing information on their computer or mobile device, especially if this information may be used by a third party. Some people don’t wish to see targeted advertising.

If you don’t want to receive cookies, you can modify your browser so that it notifies you when cookies are sent to it or you can refuse cookies altogether. You can also delete cookies that have already been set. Visit www.aboutcookies.org which contains comprehensive information on how to block cookies on a number of different desktop browsers.

You can choose whether to accept cookies that are set by Corby CCG on the privacy settings page.

Last updated: 02/07/2019