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Cookie Policy

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
  • recognising which people are visiting our web pages through social media sites, to make it possible to use targeted advertising

You can manage these small files yourself. You can learn more about them on About Cookies.

Tree Alert

Essential cookies

Tree Alert uses a number of cookies that are essential for the web site to function. Some of these are session cookies that last only as long as a user is using the site, others are used for storing ther cookie settings choices made.

Cookie Name Duration Purpose
tree_alert_session Session (1 hour) Used for tracking a users current session with the site. For example, used for maintaining log in status and for tracking progress through forms.
XSRF-TOKEN Session (1 hour) A cross site request forgery protection cookie. A standard security technique for ensuring data submitted on forms is from this site.
tree_alert_cookie_consent 1 year Stores the cookie consent settings selected by the user.

Settings cookies

If enabled by the user Tree Alert will also use cookies to store user settings so that these can be remembered and used when a user revisits the site.

Cookie Name Duration Purpose
remember_web_<id> 30 days When logging in a user can choose for their username and password to be remembered for a period of time so they don't have to log in every time they visit Tree Alert.

Usage cookies

Cookie Name Duration Purpose
_ga_<container-id> 13 months Google analytics cookie, used to distinguish users
_ga 13 months Google analytics cookie, used to persist session state

Tree Alert uses Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google, Inc. (“Google”). Google Analytics uses cookies to help the Tree Alert website analyse how users use the site. The information generated by the cookie about your use of the website (including your IP address) will be transmitted to and stored by Google on servers in the United States. Google uses this information to evaluate your use of the website, compiling reports on website activity for website operators and providing other services relating to website activity and internet use. Google may transfer this information to third parties where required to do so by law, or where such third parties process the information on Google's behalf. Google will not associate your IP address with any other data held by Google.

Details of how Google uses the data can be found on their website page How Google uses data when you use our partners' sites or apps

By using this website, you consent to the processing of data about you by Google in the manner and for the purposes set out above.

You may refuse the use of cookies by selecting the appropriate settings on your browser, however please note that if you do this you may not be able to use the full functionality of this website. We follow the ICO privacy and electronic communication regulations as described in the ICO website.

How to control and delete cookies

We will not use cookies to collect personally identifiable information about you.

However, if you wish to restrict or block the cookies which are set by our website you can do this by rejecting non-essential cookies. The cookie settings selected may be changed at any time by selecting the Cookie Settings option in the footer of every page.

Alternatively you may wish to visit About Cookies which contains comprehensive information on how to do this on a wide variety of browsers. You will also find details on how to delete cookies from your machine as well as more general information about cookies.

Please be aware that restricting cookies may impact on the functionality of our website.