Cookies are small files that are saved on your device when you visit a website. We explain below what cookies we use and why.
Strictly necessary cookies
These cookies make our websites work as they should. They do things like:
- remember your selections or preferences so that you don’t have to set them again
- help our servers cope with changes in site traffic
- protect websites against attacks.
We use the necessary cookies on the following domains:
You can restrict or block these cookies through your browser settings, but this may impact your experience of our websites.
|ysc||Youtube cookie to remember user input and associate a user’s actions.||When the user closes the browser|
|AEC||Google security cookies are used to confirm visitor authenticity, protect visitor data and prevent fraudulent use of credentials|
|CookieControl||When the user closes browser||1 years|
|CONSENT||Google cookies used to store user preferences and personalised ads||Persistent|
|__cf_bm||Cloudflare set the cookie to support Cloudflare Bot Management.||30 minutes|
|wp-wpml_current_language||WordPress multilingual plugin sets this cookie to store the current language/language settings.||session|
|vuid||Vimeo installs this cookie to collect tracking information by setting a unique ID to embed videos on the website.||1 year 1 month 4 days|
|wordpress_test_cookie||wordpress_test_cookie is set by WordPress to check if the cookies are enabled on the browser to provide appropriate user experience to the users||session|
|wp-wpml_current_language||Stores the current language||session|
These cookies help us understand how people use the following websites:
- Ofcom: https://www.ofcom.org.uk
- Ofcom mobile and broadband checker: https://checker.ofcom.org.uk
- Small Screen: Big Debate: https://www.smallscreenbigdebate.co.uk
- The Office of the Telecommunications Adjudicator: http://www.offta.org.uk
This includes how many people visit a website, which pages they view, and how they navigate through it. We use this information to make improvements. Anonymous data is stored in Google Analytics, Hotjar, and Siteimprove.
|OGPC||Google Analytics cookie is used to throttle the speed of requests to the server.||When the user closes the browser|
|_dc_gtm_#||Google Tag Manager cookie is used to analyze how users interact with the website.||1 day|
|_gid||Google Analytics cookie to distinguish users.||1 day|
|_gat||Google cookie used to store user preferences and personalised ads||1 day|
|AWSALBCORS||Google ads are used to link user website activities with other devices which have been logged in via Google account to better tailor ads||7 days|
|OTZ||Google ads are used to link user website activities with other devices which have been logged in via Google account to tailor ads better||1 month|
|__Secure-ENID, SID||Google security cookies are used to confirm visitor authenticity, protect visitor data and prevent fraudulent use of credentials||1 year|
|SOCS||Google cookies are used to profile the interests of website visitors to serve relevant and personalized ads through retargeting.||13 months|
|AID||Google cookies are used to link user website activities with other devices which have been logged in via Google account to better tailor ads||2 years|
|_ga||Google Analytics cookie to collect data on website traffic. Read a summary of Google Analytics’ data practices.||2 years|
|__Secure-3PAPISID, __Secure-1PAPISID||Google Analytics cookie used for customization.||2 years|
|SAPISID, APISID, HSID||Google cookies used to profile the interests of website visitors to serve relevant and personalized ads through retargeting.||2 years|
These cookies allow us to measure the performance of our communications campaign activity on Google Ads. They also enable us to serve targeted ads in Google search results. We use these cookies on Ofcom.org.uk.
|DV||Google cookies are used to provide ad delivery or retargeting on Google ads||1 day|
|NID||Google cookies used to provide ad delivery or retargeting on Google ads||6 months|
|__Secure-3PSID, __Secure-1PSID||Google targeting cookies are used to personalized Google ads and user profile||2 years|
|APISID, SID||Google Ads Optimization cookie to collect visitor information for Youtube and Google maps||2 years|
How to control and delete cookies
You can update your cookies preferences for Ofcom.org.uk by clicking the cog icon in the bottom left corner of the screen.