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The privacy and security of your personal information is extremely important to us. To make sure you are informed, and can be confident about visiting our website(s) and giving us your information; this policy explains how and why we use ‘cookies’ when you visit any of WECIL’s websites, which include: – WECIL’s main website, providing information and updates about WECIL and the services we provide. – A subsite providing exclusive content for DPS clients – A WECIL website that supports users with support planning


Policy Contents


What are cookies?

Who sets a cookie and how long do they last?

How WECIL uses cookies on its websites

Strictly necessary cookies

Performance cookies

Functionality cookies

Advertising or targeting cookies

Your privacy and how to manage cookies



What are cookies?

Cookies are small, often encrypted, text files, which are stored on your computer when you visit some websites. They are used to remember useful information which allows certain functionality within the website to work, for example remembering where you have reached within an order process, or if you’ve logged in to a site. Cookies cannot harm your computer.


Who sets a cookie and how long do they last?

Cookies can be set by the website you’re visiting, as well as other websites that are connected in some way to it:

  • First party cookies are set by the website that you are visiting and can only be read by that website.
  • Third party cookies are set by an organisation other than owner of the website. This might be for the purposes of website measurement, being able to watch a video on the site or for the purposes of advertising.


Cookies last for different lengths of time depending on what they are used for:

  • Session cookies – are temporary cookies and are only stored until you leave the website or when you close your web browser.
  • Persistent cookies – last for a fixed period of time, defined within the cookie, and allow the website to recognise the device again when the user returns to that website on that device.

How WECIL uses cookies on its websites

WECIL’s websites use both sessional and persistent, first and third-party cookies to perform a variety of different functions. We are currently undertaking an audit of these cookies and details of all the different cookies that we use will be published on this page shortly.


Strictly necessary cookies

These types of cookies are used to make sure parts of a website work and that you can use the site effectively, such as remembering certain information on a form when you go to another page before the form has been completed.


WECIL’s websites use ‘Strictly Necessary’ cookies to:

  • Remember information you’ve entered on our online forms when you navigate to different pages in a single web browser session
  • Remember correct subscription and payment values when you have made a payment to us.


The cookies that we have defined as ‘Strictly Necessary’ cookies will NOT be used to:

  • Gather information that could be used to advertise products or services to you
  • Remember any preferences you have set beyond the current visit


If you prevent these cookies you may not be able to use certain features on our websites.


Performance cookies

These cookies are used to measure the performance of websites and see how our websites are used.  We use ‘Performance’ cookies to improve how the website works and measure our marketing activity. Information that is collected using these cookies is aggregated and anonymous and we are not able to identify individual users with these cookies.


WECIL’s websites use ‘Performance’ cookies to:

  • Provide aggregated statistics on how our website is used.
  • See how effective our marketing activity is (we don’t use this information to target adverts to you when you visit other websites).
  • Help us improve the website by measuring any errors that occur and also to improve the performance of the site.
  • Test different designs of page on our website.


Cookies we have defined as ‘Performance’ cookies will NOT be used to:

  • Gather information that could be used to target you with advertising on other websites.
  • Remember any preferences you have set beyond the current visit.


Functionality cookies

These types of cookie allow websites to remember choices you make (for example, your user name, language or the region you are in) and provide enhanced, more personal features. These cookies can also be used to remember changes you have made to text size, fonts and other parts of web pages that you can customise. They may also be used to provide services on the site such as watching a video. These cookies do not track your browsing activity on other websites.


WECIL’s websites use ‘Functionality’ cookies to:

  • Remember settings you’ve applied such as layout and text size.
  • Remember if you have already completed our online survey.


Cookies defined as ‘Functionality’ will NOT be used to

  • Gather information that could be used to target you with advertising on other websites.


Advertising or targeting cookies

These cookies are used to deliver adverts more relevant to you and your interests. They are also used to limit the number of times you see an advertisement as well as help measure the effectiveness of the advertising campaign. They are usually placed by advertising networks with the website operator’s permission. They remember that you have visited a website and this information is shared with other organisations such as advertisers. Quite often targeting or advertising cookies will be linked to site functionality provided by the other organisation.


WECIL websites use ‘Advertising’ cookies to:

  • Link to social networks like Twitter, who may subsequently use information about your visit to target advertising to you on other websites.


Your privacy and how to manage cookies

WECIL respects your privacy, so we will never use cookies to gather information that could be used to target you with advertising for WECIL services or other websites.


You can manage how your web browser(s) use cookies by using the settings and guidance in your web browser(s). Changes to your cookie settings may affect the performance and functionality of the websites you visit.



Cookies found on WECIL’s websites


Cookie type & name

Cookie author

Cookie purpose

Cookie duration

Necessary: __cfduid

Used by the content network, Cloudflare, to identify trusted web traffic.

1 year

Functional: Lang

Remembers the users selected language of a website


Statistics: @@History/@@scroll|#



Statistics: @@History/@@scroll|#



Statistics: __utma

Collects data on the number of times a user has visited the website as well as dates for the first and most recent visit. Used by Google Analytics.

2 years

Statistics: _utmb

Registers a timestamp with the exact time of when the user accessed the website. Used by Google Analytics to calculate the duration of a website visit.


Statistics: _utmc

Registers a timestamp with the exact time of when the user leaves the website. Used by Google Analytics to calculate the duration of a website visit.


Statistics: _utmt

Used to throttle the speed of requests to the server.


Statistics: _utmz

Collects data on where the user came from, what search engine was used, what link was clicked, and what search term was used. Used by Google Analytics.

6 months

Marketing: GPS

Registers a unique ID on mobile devices to enable tracking based on geographical GPS location.



Tries to estimate the users’ bandwidth on pages with integrate YouTube videos.

179 days

Marketing: YSC

Registers a unique IF to keep statistics of what videos from YouTube the user has seen.


Unclassified: gwcc


3 months




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