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Cookie Notice

Our privacy and cookies statement

This notice explains what cookies Cifas uses when you visit our website.

In general terms, we don't collect information about you over and above what we need to ensure that:

About our cookies

When you first visit our website, you will be asked to set your cookie preferences. This enables you to choose whether or not to allow us to set our optional analytics and user experience cookies. Some cookies are strictly necessary for the operation of certain pages on the Cifas website, but we only set those on the pages that require them.

If you have consented, we set analytical cookies to log the visit and details of the pattern of your visit (whether you linked from another website, which pages you view, and so on). We do this anonymously – making no attempt to find out or record your identity, nor the identities of anyone visiting our site. 

If you have consented, we set “user experience” cookies which enable certain plug-ins (such as the Twitter widget) to function on some pages of the Cifas website.

You can always change your mind about the optional cookies by clicking on the cog icon at the bottom left hand corner of any page.

The tables below explain the cookies we use and why.


Strictly Necessary cookies:

Cookie Names Why
Cookie setting cookie cookiesetting This cookie is used to tell the website the status of the cookies being used. It is stored for 30 days so the user does not need to keep selecting their option every time they use the website, and does not store anything other than status options.
Google reCaptcha NID
Strictly necessary to reduce the amount of spam being sent to the various forms on the website by using Google’s re Captcha system. Only set on the pages with forms.
Cifas website session cookie PHPSESSID The session cookie provides security on the pages to make a subject access request and to apply for Protective Registration. For those pages, these cookies are strictly necessary for security.


Optional Analytics cookies:

Cookie Names Why
Cifas website session cookie PHPSESSID This gives each visitor a new unique number each time they visit, and is deleted when the user leaves the site. Although all visitors who allow cookies will be assigned a number so that the site knows it is talking to the same person, there is no personally identifiable data stored in this cookie.


Optional User Experience cookies:

Cookie Names Why
Twitter cookie _twitter_sess
These cookies enables the Twitter widget to operate and appear on some news and blog pages. 
Cifas website session cookie PHPSESSID Used to remember filters on the blog and news search pages.


Our own server – like all web servers – logs your Internet Protocol (IP) address, together with the date and time of your visit. This data is held on our server, which is located within the United Kingdom.

We embed videos from our official YouTube channel using YouTube’s privacy-enhanced mode. This mode may set cookies on your computer once you click on the YouTube video player, but YouTube will not store personally-identifiable cookie information for playbacks of embedded videos using the privacy-enhanced mode.
Read more at YouTube’s embedding videos information page.


How do I change my cookie settings?

You can change your cookie preferences at any time by clicking on the ‘Cog’ icon located at the bottom left hand corner of the page. You can then adjust the available sliders to ‘On’ or ‘Off’, then clicking ‘Save and close’. You may need to refresh your page for your settings to take effect.

Alternatively, most web browsers allow some control of most cookies through the browser settings. To find out more about cookies, including how to see what cookies have been set, visit or

Find out how to manage cookies on popular browsers:

To find information relating to other browsers, visit the browser developer's website.