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SLP Cookies Policy

This information is currently being reviewed following the introduction of SharePoint 2010.

EU Cookie Law

In compliance with recent changes to EU law we have updated our privacy policy to reflect the cookies that are used on our SLP websites.

By continuing to use this website you agree to the use of cookies. If you would like to block cookies on this site please click the following link for more information (AboutCookies).

Types of Cookies

There are different types of cookies, and this new law applies to all of them:

Session cookies

Session Cookies are stored only temporarily during a browsing session and are deleted from the user’s device when the browser is closed.

Persistent Cookies

A persistent cookie is stored on your device and generally remembers your preferences across one or many websites e.g. what font size you want to view the site in

This type of cookie is saved on your computer for a fixed period (usually a year or longer) and is not deleted when the browser is closed. Persistent cookies are used where we need to know who you are for more than one browsing session.

First party cookies

First party cookies are set by the website you are visiting and they can only be read by that site e.g. authentication cookies

Third party cookies

Third party cookies are set by a different organisation to the owner of the website you are visiting. For example, the website might use a third party analytics company who will set their own cookie to perform this service e.g. Google Analytics. The website you are visiting may also contain content embedded from e.g. Twitter, and these sites may set their own cookies.

Cookie Settings

1. Strictly necessary cookies

These cookies are strictly necessary to enable you to move about the site or to provide certain features and services you have requested.

Without these cookies, we will not be able to determine the number of unique users of the site or provide certain features.


Examples of Strictly necessary cookies used by SLP websites: 

​Cookie Name ​Purpose
​MSOWebPartPage_AnonymousAccess ​Used for the permission validation of SharePoint on anonymous request
WSS_KeepSessionAuthenticated ​ ​Initiated by SharePoint Server and saved on the PC and is sent to the server by all requests to any resource, image, page, on SLP.  For the lifetime of that cookie you will be able to access SharePoint without having to re-authenticate. Expires: when you close your browser

 2. Functionality cookies

These cookies enhance the functionality of website by storing your preferences.

Examples of Functionality cookies used by SLP websites:

Not generally used on SLP although some individual SLP sites may use these cookies for additional functionality and some third-party websites may set these cookies if information is embedded on SLP websites e.g. YouTube, Twitter.
3. Performance cookies

These cookies help to improve the performance of the website, providing a better user experience – gather information regarding visitor activity. These cookies collect anonymous information on the pages visited.


 Examples of Performance cookies used by SLP websites: 

Cookie name Purpose​
Google Analytics These cookies collect anonymous information on the page visited. We use the information to compile reports and help us improve the site.
utma (expires 2 years), utmb (expires 30 mins), utmz (expires two months), utmc (expires when you close your browser) (see:


Cookies (ico. website)
Guidance on the rules on use of cookies and similar technologies (ico.- download .pdf)
Direct Gov – How government websites use cookies