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How we use cookies

The OpenDataNI site uses cookies. These cookies are listed below with more details about why we use them and how long they will last.

Measuring website usage

We use Google Analytics and Webtrends to collect information about how people use nidirect.  We do this to make sure it’s meeting people's needs and to understand how we could meet those needs better.

Google Analytics and Webtrends store information about what pages you visit, how long you are on the site, how you got here and what you click on. We do not collect or store your personal details such as your name or address. We cannot identify who you are.

We do not allow Google or Webtrends to use or share any information we collect with other third parties.

Google Analytics:
Name of cookie Typical content Expires
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__utmb randomly generated number 30 minutes
__utmc randomly generated number when you close your browser
__utmx randomly generated number 18 months
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__utmz randomly generated number and information on how the site was reached (e.g. direct or via a link, organic search or paid search) 6 months

Further information on cookies set by Google Analytics.


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