Cookies Statement

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The Department respects the privacy of all users of our website. The following outlines our policy concerning the use of cookies. We may update this cookie policy from time to time to reflect any changes in technology and/or legislation or our data use policies which may affect the way in which cookies are used by us and how you as a user can manage them.


Cookies are small pieces of information, stored in simple text files, placed on your computer by a website. Some cookies can be read by the website on your subsequent visits. The information stored in a cookie may relate to your browsing habits on the webpage, or a unique identification number so that the website can 'remember' you on your return visit. Other cookies are deleted when you close your browser and only relate to the working of the website. Generally speaking, cookies do not contain personal information from which you can be identified, unless you have furnished such information to the website.

Cookies may be set in a number of places on this website:

  • When you first visit this website, you will see a message informing you about the privacy and cookie statement. If you click the 'Hide this message' button, a Cookie will be set which records this action.

Most browsers allow you to turn off Cookies or to customise your settings for cookies. To find out how to do this, see the 'Help' menu on your browser. Please note that if you turn off cookies or change your settings, some features of this site may not work correctly.

Information we collect

We collect the IP address when there is a log into for security reasons. The IP address information is held for 6 months before being archived. Backups of the archives held indefinitely and used to determine historical security incident and intelligence. The IP address is held in such a way that it cannot be used to identify an individual user.

We collect information submitted in forms, for example if you submit your personal details when requesting or submitting an online form.

If you are concerned about how personal data is processed via this website, please contact us at by completing the "Ask a Question" form in the Online Services and Forms area of


This website may contain links to other non-Department sites. The Department is not responsible for these sites or for the privacy statements of other websites.

Glossary of technical terms used

IP address

Your IP address identifies your computer (or your internet service provider’s computer) in internet protocol code (for example 123.456.78.90). Every computer connected to the web has a unique IP address, although the address may not be the same every time a connection is made.

Last modified:05/06/2018