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Southampton City Council makes every effort to maintain the accuracy of the information on this website and this privacy statement applies to this entire website – www.southampton.gov.uk and it's subdomains including:
It does not apply to linked external websites. When linking to another website, we recommend that you read their privacy statement on cookies.
Read on to find out more about the cookies we use, what they are for, and when they expire.
Strictly necessary cookies
Necessary cookies enable core functionality that our website relies on to work. These cookies can only be disabled by changing your browser preferences.
|CookieControl||Civic UK Cookie Control||This cookie is used to remember a user’s choice about cookies on our website. Where users have previously indicated a preference, that user’s preference will be stored in this cookie.||Six months|
|lbSO_SCCWEB||Load balancing||This is used by our network load balancer.||End of browser session|
|StayConnected||StayConnected||This is used to control the pop-up promotional banners for the Stay Connected email news services.||Clicking the cross symbol will set a cookie with an expiration date of 28 days. Clicking 'Maybe later' will set an expiration date of 24 hours. Clicking 'Sign me up' will set an expiration date of five years.|
|_hjSession_[id]||Careers website||Used to provide functions across pages.||End of session|
|sessionid[id]||Careers website||Used to store token which is used to identify a user that has logged into a website.||End of session|
|lastaccesstime[id]||Careers website||Used to record the time when the website was last accessed.||End of session|
|_hjAbsoluteSessionInProgress||Careers website||Used to store unique visits.||End of session|
|_hjFirstSeen||Careers website||Used to store first visit to the site.||End of session (Only first time)|
|_hjIncludedInSessionSample||Careers website||Used to determine if a user is included in the data sampling defined by the website's daily session limit||End of session|
|_hjSessionUser_[id]||Careers website||Used to store a unique user ID||1 year|
|_gcl_au||Careers website||To understand how the candidate interacts with the site.||3 months|
|hs_lastaccesstime[id]||Careers website||Used to record the time when a unique user last signed-in on the website.||End of session|
|hs_sessionid[id]||Careers website||Stores the session id whenever the user signs-in on the website||End of session|
|hs_ccp_user[id]||Careers website||Created when a user signs-in on the portal to track session (to log out user after the timeout period)||End of session|
First-party cookies are those set directly by the Southampton City Council website. You have full control over these by using the button below.
Analytical cookies are used to collect and report anonymised information on how our website is used. This helps us to improve the website based on the needs and behaviour of our visitors.
We use Google Analytics cookies to collect information about how visitors use our website. We do not use this for tracking purposes. The cookies collect information in a way that does not directly identify anyone, including the number of visitors to the website, where visitors have come to the website from and the pages they visited. We also collect the following information: IP address, country, browser, operating system, and screen resolution.
|_ga||Google Analytics||Used to distinguish users.||Two years|
|_gid||Google Analytics||Used to distinguish users.||24 hours|
|_ga_(container-id)||Google Analytics||Used to persist session state.||Two years|
|_gac_gb_(container-id)||Google Analytics||Contains campaign related information.||90 days|
|_utma||Google Analytics||Used to distinguish users and sessions.||Two years|
|_utmb||Google Analytics||Used to determine new sessions/visits.||30 minutes|
|_utmc||Google Analytics||Operates in conjunction with the _utmb cookie to determine whether the user was in a new session/visit.||End of browser session|
|_utmt||Google Analytics||Used to throttle request rate.||10 minutes|
|_utmz||Google Analytics||Stores the traffic source or campaign that explains how the user reached your site.||Six months|
We use Crazy Egg to learn about how our website is being used and consider how we can improve the experience for our users. Crazy Egg collects aggregated information and individual anonymised recordings showing how website visitors use the website:
- Whether they are a new or returning visitor
- Page(s) viewed and form(s) interacted with
- Length of visit and time on each page
- Usage of page e.g. where visitors scrolled and/or clicked
- Information about the visitor’s device and referral information
At any time, a Crazy Egg Client or Crazy Egg Visitor may access and/or modify their Personally Identifiable Information or other Information stored by Crazy Egg on their behalf, to enable them to access, rectify and restrict processing of their respective Information, and allow them to export their Information, by accessing their Crazy Egg account and contacting Crazy Egg at email@example.com.
|_ceir, is_returning||Crazy Egg||Track whether a visitor has visited the site before.||One year|
|_CEFT||Crazy Egg||Store page variants assigned to visitors for A/B performance testing.||One year|
|_cer.s||Crazy Egg||Track a recording visitor session unique ID, tracking host and start time.||Recording session|
|_cer.v||Crazy Egg||Track whether a visitor has visited the site before.||Up to 31 days (expires on the first of the month)|
|_ce.s||Crazy Egg||Track a recording visitor session unique ID, tracking host and start time.||One year|
|_ce.cch||Crazy Egg||Used to check if cookies can be added.||One second|
|_ce.gtld||Crazy Egg||Used to identity the top level domain.||One second|
|ce_need_secure_cookie||Crazy Egg||Used to determine cookie security parameters.||One second|
|ce_successful_csp_check||Crazy Egg||Used to determine if the page has a Content Security Policy rule that would prevent tracking.||24 hours|
|cebs||Crazy Egg||Used to track the current user session internally.||Session|
|cebsp||Crazy Egg||Used to determine if a survey should be shown.||Session|
|_gat||Crazy Egg||Request rate throttling.||10 minutes|
|_gat_gtag_UA_[id]||Crazy Egg||Track user behaviour in videos.||24 hours|
The careers.southampton.gov.uk website has additional analytics cookies to understand more about the way website visitors interact with the system.
|ps_rvm_SsY7||Careers website||Used to assist with visitor monitoring on the ProvideSupport Live Chat tool running on the dashboard.||1 year|
|ats_ga||Careers website||Used to record the data which the Source Report Internet field uses.||1 year|
We use a personalisation cookie to remember your address for you when you use the Where I Live tool on our site. This makes it easier to see various services near you and saves you entering this information next time.
|SCCWILCookie||Where I Live||This cookie remembers the address you enter when you use the Where I Live tool on our site.||Six months|
Communications and marketing cookies
We use communications and marketing cookies to share information about your use of our site to help us show you relevant content on other platforms.
We use a Facebook pixel for the purpose of sharing information about your use of our site, such as what pages you visit. This helps us show you relevant advertising content when you are on Facebook. It is published by Facebook (Meta) and used by CAN Digital Solutions Limited (CAN) to deliver targeted online advertising across Facebook and Instagram.
Visitors can view their Facebook ads settings and update their preferences at any time. Consent for Facebook third-party cookies cannot be automatically removed by our tool, so please opt out manually.
|_fbp||First-party cookie.||Up to 180 days|
|Third-party cookie, set by facebook.com.||End of browser session|
|fr||Third-party cookie, set by facebook.com.||Three months|
Published by Google and used by CAN Digital Solutions Limited (CAN) to deliver targeted online advertising across the Google display network. Find out how you can opt out of personalised ads.
|gtag||Deliver targeted online advertising.||Up to 540 days|
Published by Quantcast and used by CAN Digital Solutions Limited (CAN) to deliver targeted online advertising across the Quantcast network.
|d||Quantcast||Deliver targeted online advertising.||Up to 13 months|
Published by Basis and used by CAN Digital Solutions Limited (CAN) to deliver targeted online advertising across Facebook and Instagram.
|UpTag||Basis||Deliver targeted online advertising.||Up to 180 days|
How do I change my cookies settings?
You can change your cookie preferences at any time by clicking the button below. You can then adjust the available sliders to ‘On’ or ‘Off’, then click ‘Confirm your choices’. You may need to refresh your page for your settings to take effect. Consent for Facebook third-party cookies cannot be automatically removed by our tool, so please opt out manually.
Alternatively, 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, visit www.aboutcookies.org or www.allaboutcookies.org.
You can also opt out of being tracked by Google Analytics across all websites.
The above information relates to the cookies we currently set on our website. If you have visited our website before and other cookies have been set on your device, those cookies will clear when they reach their expiration date. If you wish to clear all cookies from your device, please follow the instructions in your browser. This is sometimes described as clearing your browser cache.
Third-party cookies are those set by another domain other than the one you are visiting. For instance, some of our web pages may contain content from other sites, like YouTube or Google Maps, which may set their own cookies.
We also use some third-party cookies to help us deliver our services. Please see these links for their cookie policies:
- Civica eStore
- Home Connections
- NEC Software Solutions
In these instances, please refer to the cookies policy of the third party for further information about their cookies and details on how to opt out.
If you have any concerns or questions relating to this statement then please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Date last updated: 16 May 2023