Cookies we use

Cookies are small data files that are sent to your computer from a website's server and stored on your device's hard drive. Most websites use cookies in order to improve your user experience. Cookies cannot be used to identify you personally.

We use several types of cookies across the DCC website. Opting out or blocking some cookies may affect the functionality of the website. Some of the cookies we use are essential to the performance of the website, while others are not.

For more information on cookies and their uses, go to All About Cookies.

We want to be open in the way we use cookies, and to help you make informed choices about the information you provide to us and third parties when you visit our website.

There are broadly four reasons why a cookie might be stored on your device when visiting the DCC website.

  • Cookies that make the website work properly for you and enable you to make use of the secure online services that we provide.
  • Cookies that collect data about your use of the website which is then anonymised and used to help us improve our online services (e.g. number of people who use the website and how they use it).
  • Cookies that remember your preferences and make the site easier for you to use.
  • Cookies that are placed by third party services we make use of to enhance the information we present online. We have no control over these third party cookies.

These cookies are placed on your device either by us or by the third parties whose services we use as part of the website.

Some cookies are retained in your browser for only as long as you visit our website, while others persist for a longer specified or unspecified period.

How to block cookies

You can restrict or block cookies which are set during your use of the website by changing your browser’s settings. Some pages may not work if you completely disable cookies, but many third party cookies can be safely blocked.

Check information in your browser’s help section for specific instructions on how to manage cookies. Alternatively, websites such as All About Cookies provide comprehensive guidance.

Guide to managing cookies

Strictly necessary cookies

Some cookies we place on your browser ensure that the DCC’s website delivers you information and services securely and optimally.

You must accept these essential cookies to be able to make use of our online systems.

List of strictly necessary cookies we use:

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These session cookies are required to follow your progress through the website. It is essential to ensure that any information you enter or routes you take are remembered by the website. Without these cookies you are not able to log in to the site (for those users that have a login)

Functionality cookies

Some cookies enable websites to remember choices their users make, for example, user name. These cookies are known as “functionality cookies” and help to improve a user’s experience of a website by providing a more personalised service.

List of functionality cookies we use:


This provides a record of your acceptance of the use of cookies on this site.

Performance cookies

We use a number of tools that monitor visitor behaviour on our website to help us improve our information and services.

The tool we use most consistently is Google Analytics. Anonymous data about your visit is collected and amalgamated with that of other visitors so we can better understand how people use our website.

You can opt out of providing us with this information if you wish, with no impact on your experience of our website.

List of performance cookies we use

Google Analytics

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Third Party Cookies

The DCC embeds photos, video and other content from websites such as YouTube and SlideShare.  Pages with this embedded content may present cookies from these websites.  Similarly, when you use one of the Share buttons on the site a cookie may be set by the external service you are sharing the content through.  You should check the relevant third party website for more details.

Some of the services used on the DCC website that may set cookies in your browser are listed here:


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We use ShareThis to provide buttons on all pages to help you share our content.  ShareThis also makes use of Scorecard Research tracking which set the UID and UIDR cookies


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Disqus set a number of cookies on any page that includes a Disqus comment box.

Google Maps



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Slideshare set a number of cookies when it is embedded on a page, both for its own uses as well as for quantserve/quantcast tracking and scorecard research tracking.

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