Privacy and cookies

The Data Controller for this website is the Department of Energy and Climate Change.

Security and confidentiality

Any information provided to the Department of Energy and Climate Change will be held securely and in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998. Your personal details will not normally be disclosed to third parties. In some circumstances, however, we may need to disclose your personal details to a third party so that they can provide a service you have requested, or fulfil a request for information. Any information about you that we pass to a third party will be held securely by that party, in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998, and used only to provide the services or information you have requested.

You have a right to request a copy of your personal details at any time to check the accuracy of the information held.

Comments and questions

We may pass enquiries you send to another Government Department so they can fulfil your information request.

Email alerts and RSS

If you sign up to receive email alerts or an RSS feed, we will use your information only to provide the service you have requested. We may occasionally contact email alert subscribers to help us evaluate and improve the service we offer.

If you inform us you wish to cancel email alerts, we will remove you from our mailing list and your details will be deleted from our records.

Site usage information

i) Cookies

When we provide services, we want to make them easy, useful and reliable. Where services are delivered on the internet, this sometimes involves placing small amounts of information on your device, for example, computer or mobile phone. These include small files known as cookies. They cannot be used to identify you personally.

These pieces of information are used to improve services for you through, for example:
 

  • enabling a service to recognise your device so you don't have to give the same information several times during one task
  • recognising that you may already have given a username and password so you don't need to do it for every web page requested
  • measuring how many people are using services, so they can be made easier to use and there's enough capacity to ensure they are fast

You can manage these small files yourself and learn more about them through Directgov's " Internet browser cookies - what they are and how to manage them "

ii) Our use of cookies

Cookies for improving service

Google Analytics sets cookies to help us accurately estimate the number of visitors to the website and volumes of usage. This to ensure that the service is available when you want it and fast.

Name: _utma
Typical content: randomly generated number
Expires: 2 years

Name: _utmb
Typical content: randomly generated number
Expires: 30 minutes

Name: _utmc
Typical content: randomly generated number
Expires: at end of session

Name: _utmz
Typical content: randomly generated number + info on how the site was reached (e.g. directly or via a link, organic search or paid search)
Expires: 6 months

For further details on the cookies set by Google Analytics, please refer to the Google Code website

Cookies for commenting on our blog

Wordpress sets cookies so that you don’t have to fill in your name and email address every time you want to comment on our blog and so you can see comments you made that are awaiting moderation.

Name: comment_author_[random number]
Typical content: user name entered
Expires: <1 year

Name: comment_author_email_[random number]
Typical content: user email address entered
Expires: <1 year

Name: comment_author_url_[random number]
Typical content: user website url entered
Expires: <1 year

Cookies for ASP.NET management

This is a cookie that ASP.NET uses to store a unique identifier for your session. The session cookie is not persisted on your hard disk.

Name: SERVERID
Typical content: randomly generated number
Expires: at end of session

Name: ASP.NET_SessionID
Typical content: randomly generated number
Expires: at end of session

Cookies on decc.gov.uk from other companies & social networking websites

During your visit to the site you may notice some cookies that are not related to decc.gov.uk. This happens when you visit a page with content embedded from a third party (for example YouTube videos) or use some of the links to social networking sites (e.g. Share This or Twitter). These websites may place cookies on your computer.

DECC does not control how a third party uses their cookies. You should check these third party websites' privacy policies for more information about their cookies if you are concerned about this.

We use GovDelivery for our email alert service.

DECC sometimes uses Citizenspace to run consultations online. The Citizen Space privacy policy is available on the Citizen Space site.

Cookies on www.groundstability.com - the Coal Authority Property Search Service  

Any information provided to the Coal Authority will be held securely and in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998. Your personal details will not normally be disclosed to third parties. In some circumstances however, we may need to disclose your personal details to a third party so that they can provide a service you have requested, or fulfill a request for information. Any information about you that we pass to a third party will be held securely by that party, in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998, and used only to provide the services or information you have requested.

The Coal Authority's online Property Search Service (www.groundstability.com) uses the Google Analytics cookies outlined above, with additional cookies being required in order to run the application and to enable shopping basket functionality. These are not permanent however and expire after you have left the site.
 
Cookies set specifically by the Coal Authority Property Search Service:
 
Name: JSESSIONID.
Typical content: random number.
Expires: at end of session (or upon logging out).
 
Additional third party cookies set during use of the Coal Authority Property Search Service:
 
Name: JSESSIONID.
Typical content: random number.
Expires: at end of session (or upon logging out).
 
Name: machine.
Typical content: random number.
Expires: at end of session (or upon logging out).
 
Contact name, address and email information is also gathered from you for use in the production of a coal mining report only. This information is not disclosed to third parties and is stored on a secure server. Card payment details are not stored by the Coal Authority and are processed entirely by WorldPay.
 
Please be aware that restricting cookies may impact on the functionality of the Coal Authority’s Property Search Service.
 

iii) Log files

Log files allow us to record visitors' use of the site. The Department may use log file information to make improvements to the layout of the site and to the information in it, based on the way that visitors move around it. Log files do not contain any personal information about you.

Video: How Government websites use cookies

 

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