Cookies and Links
When someone visits www.Gov.im and its various websites we collect standard internet log information and details of visitor behaviour patterns. We do this to find out things such as the number of visitors to the various parts of the site. We collect this information in a way which does not identify anyone. And we do not make any attempt to find out the identities of those visiting any of our 70+ websites. We will not associate any data gathered from this site with any personally identifying information from any source. If we do want to collect personally identifiable information through our website for instance our Online Services, we will be up front about this. We will make it clear when we collect personal information and will explain what we intend to do with it.
What is a Cookie
Cookies are small text files that are placed on your computer or mobile phone by websites that you visit. They are widely used in order to make websites work, or work more efficiently, as well as to provide information to the owners of the site and these pieces of information are used to improve services for you through:
- 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
- analysing anonymised data to help us understand how people interact with our services so we can make them better
The table below explains the cookies we use and why.
|Gov.im Session Cookies|
|Session cookies are used by us to recognise a user throughout a visit. This enables us to remember information that you have entered, for example, the service you have selected to use, your Online Services login, etc. Session cookies are also used to remember you when you log in for the duration of your visit.||This cookie is deleted when you close your browser.|
|ISA Web Publishing Load Balancing cookie||ISAWPLB||When using an ISA Server to handle load balancing and web requests an ISA server will place Cookies to allow ISA Server to internally configure routes for internal requests. This cookie is deleted when you close your browser.||Session Expires: when user exits browser|
Cookies to support specific elements of the site
These may include cookies to record that we have already presented you with a piece of information which you would find intrusive and annoying if we continually re-presented. These may include notifications about the availability of new features or applications, and warning notices. Cookies to retain settings or choices that you have made earlier during your visit to our site, so that we can reapply those choices when you revisit the relevant pages. These save you effort in reselecting the settings or making the choice, improving your experience of the website. For example, pre-populating complex search criteria screens with previous values, or collating selections you have made throughout your visit.
Cookies set by other websites through this site
We want to provide interesting and engaging content on our website. We sometimes embed photos and video content from websites such are YouTube and Flickr. As a result, when you visit a page with content embedded from, for example, YouTube, you may be presented with cookies from these websites. We do not control the dissemination of these cookies. You should check the relevant third party website for more information about these.
Most web browsers allow some control of most cookies through the browser settings. To find out more, including how to see what cookies have been set and how to manage and delete them, visit www.aboutcookies.org. Please be aware, however, that without cookies you may not be able to use the full functionality of the Site.
If you wish to view your cookie code, just click on a cookie to open it. You'll see a short string of text and numbers. The numbers are your identification card, which can only be seen by the server that gave you the cookie. For information on how to do this on the browser of your mobile phone you will need to refer to your handset manual.
Linking to us
You do not have to ask permission to link directly to pages hosted on this Site, unless the page is within a secure part of the Site, in which case the functionality of this Site will prevent you doing so successfully. We do not object to you linking directly to the information that is hosted on our Site. However, you may not load a page from our Site directly into a frame on another website. The page from our Site should load into the user's entire window.
Linking by us
It is our policy to obtain permission to link to other websites. We are not responsible for the content or reliability of any website that we may link to. If we link to another website, that linking should not be taken as endorsement of any kind. We cannot guarantee that these links will work at all times. If you do experience a failed link, please report it by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you would like us to consider linking to you, in the first instance, please approach a department, board or office of the Isle of Man Government, who must act as your sponsor and will consider the merits of our including a hyper link from the Site to your website.
13th October 2004