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Cookie policy

What is a cookie?

Cookies are simple text files that are placed on your computer or mobile device by a website's server and only that server will be able to retrieve or read the contents of that cookie. Each cookie will contain anonymous information such as a unique identifier and the site name and some digits and numbers.

Most websites you visit will use cookies to improve your user experience by enabling that website to 'remember' you, either for the duration of your visit (using a 'session cookie') or for repeat visits (using a 'persistent cookie'). 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 are saved on your computer for a fixed period and are not deleted when the browser is closed. These are usually used where we need to know who you are for more than one browsing session for example to store your preferences so they're remembered for your next visit.

Cookies we use

We use cookies that are necessary to enable you to move around the site or to provide certain features. We also use cookies to help us to improve the performance of the website to provide you with a better user experience.

Below is a list of cookies set by this website and its subdomains.​​

__utmaGoogle AnalyticsThis cookie is used for identifying unique visitors and typically written to the browser upon the first visit to your site from that web browser. If the cookie has been deleted by the browser operator, and the browser subsequently visits your site, a new __utma cookie is written with a different unique ID. This cookie is used to determine unique visitors to your site and it is updated with each page view. Additionally, this cookie is provided with a unique ID that Google Analytics uses to ensure both the validity and accessibility of the cookie as an extra security measure.2 years from set/
__utmbGoogle AnalyticsThis cookie is used to determine a visitor session and establish and continue a user session with your site. When a user views a page on your site, the Google Analytics code attempts to update this cookie. If it does not find the cookie, a new one is written and a new session is established. Each time a user visits a different page on your site, this cookie is updated to expire in 30 minutes, thus continuing a single session for as long as user activity continues within 30-minute intervals. This cookie expires when a user pauses on a page on your site for longer than 30 minutes. You can modify the default length of a user session with the _setSessionCookieTimeout() method.30 minutes from set/
__utmcGoogle AnalyticsThis cookie is used to determine a visitor session and operates in conjunction with the __utmb cookie to determine whether or not to establish a new session for the user. In particular, this cookie is not provided with an expiration date, so it expires when the user exits the browser. Should a user visit your site, exit the browser and then return to your website within 30 minutes, the absence of the __utmc cookie indicates that a new session needs to be established, despite the fact that the __utmb cookie has not yet expired.Not
__utmzGoogle AnalyticsThis cookie tracks traffic sources and navigation and stores the type of referral used by the visitor to reach your site, whether via a direct method, a referring link, a website search, or a campaign such as an ad or an email link. It is used to calculate search engine traffic, ad campaigns and page navigation within your own site. The cookie is updated with each page view to your site.6 months from set/
cookieAcceptanceRochdale Borough CouncilThis cookie remembers if a visitor has accepted the cookie statement.1
subsRochdale Borough CouncilThis cookie remembers if a visitor has subscribed to a page to receive email updates.1
ASPSESSIONIDSSTAARBDModernGovThis is a session cookie used by the decision management system.At the end of
ASP.NET_SessionIdModernGovThis is a session cookie used by the decision management system.At the end of





SocitmThis cookie counts the number of page impressions. Starts at 0 and rises with each page impression. When it reaches 4 the survey intro tab is triggered. Values above 4 will no longer trigger the survey1
 Socitm_exclude_me(x)SocitmIndicates that a user has rejected the survey and will not be invited to participate in this version of the survey again until the cookie expires.1
 socitm_test_cookiesSocitmThis cookie is placed to test whether placing permanent cookies is permitted. It is deleted immediately after being placed. It has a duration of 365 days and contains the value ‘123’1
 UserCookieMyAccountThis cookie is used to determine a signed in user in MyAccount on the corporate council website.10 and
 _lo_npLuckyOrangeSet if a user should no longer received polls.30
 _global_lucky_opt_outLuckyOrangeIf set, will not run Lucky Orange. Set via LuckyOrange's opt out links.10
 _lo_uLuckyOrangeTell if the user is a unique visitor to the site. 2
 _lo_ridLuckyOrangeThe user's recording ID. This is auto extended as the visitor visits pages.30 minutes (extending). The 30 minutes continue to extend as the user stays active on the site so it is 30 minutes from when the user goes
 lo_form_submits_<siteid>LuckyOrangeCatch a form submit eventSession (if the user closes the browser or visits a site then the session ends.)
 _lo_tagsLuckyOrangeAny tags set from LuckyOrange's JavaScript Tagging API6
 _lo_vLuckyOrangeTotal number of visits from this user1 Year (extending). The 1 year continues to extend as the user stays active on the site so it is 1 year from when the user goes inactive.
 __lotrLuckyOrangeOriginal Referrer the visitor came to the site from180
 _lo_cidLuckyOrangeThe chat ID of the current chat, if anySession (if the user closes the browser or visits a site then the session ends.)
Our consultation hub uses cookies. Further information can be found at: Rochdale council consultation hub cookie policy.

Table last updated: January 2017

Detailed information about the cookies we use:

  1. Google Analytics cookies – Google analytics cookies are used as part of Google analytics statistics service. These cookies are used to collect information about how visitors use our site. We use the information to compile reports and to help us improve the site and provide content relevant to its users. 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. The Google cookies track the time spent on various pages (but gather no personal information from our database or session) and expire after 24 months. Further information on Google Analytics cookies can be found at: Google Analytics Cookie Usage on Websites
  2. From time to time some pages may contain multimedia content (for example YouTube videos) or social media (for example Twitter feeds) added by the organisation who add he content to this portal. The sites providing the multimedia or social media content do not have access to any of your personal information by using this site.

Cookies from third party sites

Our site has pages with embedded maps, videos and other content from third party sites. Cookies from third party sites may be placed on your computer when viewing this content.

For more information about third-party cookies and how they are used please check the following privacy policies:

Blocking cookies

If you don't want to receive cookies, you can change the settings in your browser so it notifies you when cookies are sent to it and can refuse them. You can also delete cookies that have already been set - the Help function in your browser should tell you how.

Further information on controlling cookies is available at

Blocking Google Analytics

Some modern browsers make it possible to block the Google Analytics cookie from collecting data. This is done by installing an add-on to your browser. Browsers that offer this are Internet Explorer v8 to v11, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Apple Safari and Opera. 

Please note: If you choose to disable cookies you will lose some features and functionality on the council's website.​​


To request your personal information and exercise your privacy rights please contact:

If you need to raise a concern to our Data Protection Officer about our use of your personal information, please contact:

Information Governance Unit
Number One Riverside
Smith Street
Rochdale OL16 1XU ​

We are registered as a Data Controller with the Information Commissioner's Office.

Our registration number is Z5481774.