Cookies

What are cookies?

Cookies are tiny text files stored on your browser. We use cookies to remember what's in your shopping basket and to help us to improve our users' experience. EU legislation states that all websites should let you know when they are using cookies. Most websites use cookies and they won't cause any harm to your device. Our DVSA websites use cookies to help us see which pages our customers like and which aren't working so well, so we can make improvements. Cookies don't tell us who you are or give us any personal details about you.

If you do not accept the cookies you will still be able to browse our site but some parts of the site will not work.

How cookies are used on Safe Driving for Life and DVSA Learning Zone?

Strictly necessary cookies:

These are cookies that are required for the operation of our website. They include, for example, cookies that enable you to log into secure areas of our website, use a shopping cart or make use of e-billing services.

Cookie Name Purpose More information
dvsalearningzone.co.uk PHPSESSID

This is a general purpose identifier used to maintain user session variables. It is normally a random generated number, how it is used can be specific to the site, but a good example is maintaining a logged-in status for a user between pages.

 
www.safedrivingforlife.info SSESS*  
www.safedrivingforlife.info ASPSESSIONID* These cookies are usually used to maintain an anonymised user session by the server. These cookies stay on your device for your browsing session.
dvsalearningzone.co.uk, www.safedrivingforlife.info sso_broker_DVSA This is used to synchronise sessions across the application suite.  
dvsalearningzone.co.uk storage_refresh This will reload a user's progress for a product within the application.  
www.safedrivingforlife.info tso_acm_expire Session expiry timestamp.  

Analytical/ Performance cookies:

They allow us to recognise and count the number of visitors and to see how visitors move around our website when they are using it. This helps us to improve the way our website works, for example, by ensuring that users are finding what they are looking for easily.

Cookie Name Purpose More information
Google Universal Analytics _gid This cookie stores and updates a unique value for each page visited. These cookies are applied to safedrivingforlife.info and dvsalearningzone.co.uk. For more information regarding cookie duration, please visit Google Analytics Data Privacy and Security
_ga This cookie enables us to register a unique ID that is used to generate anonymous statistical data on how the visitor uses the sites and to count how many people visit by tracking if you've visited before.
_gat

Used to manage the rate at which page view requests are made.

WebTrends WEBTRENDS_ID  Used for gathering anonymous technical information regarding the user's browser, operating system, IP address and screen resolution as well as the user's navigation on the website. These cookies are applied to safedrivingforlife.info and dvsalearningzone.co.uk. Find out more information about the WebTrends Analytics service for tracking user behaviour on websites over a long duration.

Functionality cookies:

These are used to recognise you when you return to our website. This enables us to personalise our content for you, greet you by name and remember your preferences (for example, your choice of language or region).

Cookie Name Purpose More information
Drupal has_js Most commonly associated with the Drupal content management system. Drupal uses this cookie to indicate whether or not the visitors browser has JavaScript enabled. Find out more about this from Drupal
safedrivingforlife.info AllowCookies The website uses cookies to update shopping basket information and enable the performance of related usability functions. The length of time the cookie stays on your device depends on its type.
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dvsalearningzone.co.uk accepted_cookie_policy2018

Targeting cookies:

These cookies record your visit to our website, the pages you have visited and the links you have followed. We will use this information to make our website and the advertising displayed on it more relevant to your interests. We may also share this information with third parties for this purpose.

Cookie Name Purpose More information
Facebook datr Used for safedrivingforlife.info, Facebook reports that it is used to help with security and suspicious login activity, especially around detection of bots trying to access the service. Facebook cookies and privacy policies
lu Used to manage the login process, remembers user on return visit if they choose to stay logged in.
Doubleclick (Google) id

Doubleclick is Google's real time bidding advertising exchange. For more information please visit Google's How DoubleClick uses cookies.

Used for safedrivingforlife.info and dvsalearningzone.co.uk For more information regarding these cookies please visit Google Analytics Data Privacy and Security
Google APISID Google is primarily known as a search engine, the company provides a diverse range of products and services. Its main source of revenue however is advertising. Google tracks users extensively both through its own products and sites, and the numerous technologies embedded into many millions of websites around the world. It uses the data gathered from most of these services to profile the interests of web users and sell advertising space to organisations based on such interest profiles as well as aligning adverts to the content on the pages where its customer's adverts appear.
SSID
NID
PREF
SID
SAPISID
HSID
Twitter auth_token Used for safedrivingforlife.info, Where twitter acts as a third party host, it collects data through a range of plug-ins and integrations used for tracking and targeting.Duration depends upon type. Find out more about Twitter's cookies and policies
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secure_session
guest_id
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remember_checked
remember_checked_on
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YouTube (Google) SID This cookie is used by Google in combination with HSID to verify a Google user account and most recent login time.

Used for safedrivingforlife.info and dvsalearningzone.co.uk, YouTube is part of Google, for more detail regarding the these cookies please visit Google Analytics Data Privacy and Security

HSID
demographics Used for demographic profiling and targeting for advertising.
VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE This cookie is used as a unique identifier to track viewing of videos.
PREF This is a common Google cookie, used across several of their services and stores user preference. It can be used to personalise ads on Google searches.
APISID YouTube collects user data through videos embedded in websites, which is aggregated with profile data from other Google services in order to display targeted advertising to web visitors across a broad range of their own and other websites.
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LOGIN_INFO
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SAPISID

Enabling and disabling cookies

Cookies are used to operate the shopping basket system. In order to complete your online purchase, cookies must be enabled. If you decline cookies you may lose some of the beneficial website functions of cookies. No personally identifiable information is stored within cookies. Therefore, we recommend you leave these turned on. To check if cookies are enabled on your device, please follow the steps below. Alternatively, view your browser's help pages or information on how to manage cookies at www.allaboutcookies.org

Internet Explorer

  1. Click on Tools > Internet Options in the main toolbar
  2. Select Privacy tab to view your settings
  3. Move the slider to the level of privacy you prefer - privacy levels are shown in the table below.
Select this To specify this
Block All Cookies Cookies from all websites will be blocked.
Cookies that are already on your computer cannot be read by websites.
High Cookies from all websites that do not have a compact policy (a condensed, computer-readable privacy statement) will be blocked.
Cookies from all websites that use information that can be used to contact you without your explicit consent will be blocked.
Medium High Cookies from third-party websites that do not have a compact policy (a condensed, computer-readable privacy statement) will be blocked.
Cookies from third-party websites that use information that can be used to contact you without your explicit consent will be blocked.
Cookies from first-party websites that use information that can be used to contact you without your implicit consent will be deleted from your computer when you close Internet Explorer.
Medium Cookies from third-party websites that do not have a compact policy (a condensed, computer-readable privacy statement) will be blocked.
Cookies from first-party websites that use information that can be used to contact you without your implicit consent will be deleted from your computer when you close Internet Explorer.
Low Cookies from third-party websites that do not have a compact policy (a condensed, computer-readable privacy statement) will be blocked.
Cookies from third-party websites that use information that can be used to contact you without your implicit consent will be deleted from your computer when you close Internet Explorer.
Accept All Cookies All websites will be allowed to save cookies on your computer.
Cookies that are already on your computer can be read by the websites that created them.

Google Chrome

  1. Click the menu icon in the top right hand corner of the browser and select Settings from the drop-down menu
  2. Click on Show advanced settings at the bottom of the page
  3. Select Content Settings under the Privacy heading
  4. Manage your preferred cookies settings from this page.

Safari (Mac only)

  1. Click on Safari in the toolbar, then select Preferences from the drop-down menu
  2. Click Privacy to view Cookie preferences (Note: Safari blocks third-party cookies by default).

Further information

For further information regarding cookies, please visit www.allaboutcookies.org