Privacy policy and cookies

Blackpool Council respects your privacy as a user of its website and this page explains how Blackpool Council uses any information you give us.

Data protection

Any information you supply to the council voluntarily will be treated in line with the provisions of the current Data Protection Act and related legislation.

The information you supply may include your name, address and email address and may be collected when you request a service from the Council, submit an email or feedback, or make or receive electronic payments. We will not collect personal information without your knowledge.

This information will be used by Blackpool Council for a known purpose and will not be passed to outside organisations, agencies or individuals without your knowledge. But, you should note that specific information would be released if required by law.

Online forms

Blackpool Council's online forms also use cookies to collect personal information when you pay for a service.

Internet payments are taken from a secure website with full encryption over the Internet. However, you should be aware that the Internet is not a fully secure facility. Any payment details you provide to Blackpool Council will be kept secure and will not be stored on a web server.

If you complete one of our forms, we will only use the information for the purpose for which you provide it. We will not use the personal information you give us for marketing purposes without asking you.

If you discover any information on our website pages that you believe to be inaccurate or inappropriate, or would like further information about these statements, please email website.page@blackpool.gov.uk

What information do we collect?

Cookies

A cookie is a small piece of text stored on your computer, phone or whatever you use to surf the Internet. Cookies have many uses, but fundamentally they are used to store information about you on your computer. We encourage you to accept the cookies our website uses as they help us to improve the user experience for you and many others.

When you visit our website, a cookie is set to indicate that you agree to the usage of cookies for this website. If you do not wish to allow use of cookies for our website, you can block them using your browser preferences.

The cookies we use are:

Necessary cookies

Details of necessary cookies
NameExpiryDescription
ASP.NET_SessionId Session Randomly generate ID remembering your selections during your visit to our site
cb_enabled 1 year Identifies if cookie consent as been agreed to
myareapostcode 30 days Stores you postcode to customise location based content
JSESSIONID Session Identifies session state does not identify the user. Used by our Council Tax, benefits and business rates system
cookiesession1 Session General technical cookie used to identify user sessions, used as part of our firewall protection
Lwa Session Identifies customer environment being accessed when using our Council Tax, benefits and business rates system

Analytics cookies

Analytics cookie description
NameExpiryDescription
_utma 2 years Collects data on the number of times a user has visited the website as well as dates for the first and most recent visit. Used by Google Analytics
_utmb 1 day Registers a timestamp with the exact time when the user accessed the website. Used by Google analytics
_utmc Session Registers a timestamp with the exact time when the user leaves the website. Used by Google analytics
_utmt 1 day This is used to reduce request rate by Google Analytics
_utmz 6 months Collects data on where the user came from, what search engine was used, what link was clicked and what search term was used. Used by Google Analytics
_ga 2 years Registers a unique ID that is used to generate statistical data on how the site is used. Used by Google Analytics
_gat 1 day This is used to reduce request rate by Google Analytics
_gid 1 day Used by Google Analytics to identify users
_gd# Session Used by Google Analytics to identify users
_cfduid 1 year Used by content network Cloudflare to identify trusted traffic. Used by Lucky Orange
_lo_uid 2 years Unique identifier for the user. Used by Lucky Orange
_lo_v 1 year Randomly generated used to distinguish users visiting the site. Used by Lucky Orange
_lorid 30 mins extending Randomly generated used to identify the pages you visit on our site
lo_session Persistent Tracks non-identifiable click events. Used by Google Tag Manager
lo_session_in Session Tracks non-identifiable click events. Used by Google Tag Manager

Marketing/Third party cookies

Marketing cookies descriptions
NameExpiryDescription
_ab12# 1 year Used by sharethis.com
_fbp 3 months Used by Facebook to deliver product advertisements in real time from third party advertisers
fr 3 months Used by Facebook to deliver product advertisements in real time from third party advertisers
_atuvs 400 days Used to monitor the sharing of content over social media. Used by AddThis
_atuvc 400 days Used to monitor the sharing of content over social media. Used by AddThis
NID 6 months Used by Double Click (Google) to help build a profile of your interests to show you targeted adverts
IDE 12 months Used by Double Click (Google) to help build a profile of your interests to show you targeted adverts
VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE 240 days This is a unique identifier given to allow tracking of YouTube video views. Data is only used in aggregate 
PREF 730 days This is used by various services on Google to help set your preferences and track interests
loc 400 days Used to geolocate a users sharing through social media sites. Used by AddThis
uvc 400 days Used to monitor the sharing of content over social medai. Used by AddThis
_EDGE_S Session Used to track your usage of Microsoft Bing products used by some of our mapping and reporting pages
_SS Session Used to track your usage of Microsoft Bing products used by some of our mapping and reporting pages
MUIDB 2 years Used to create relevant adverts across the Bing  network. Used on some of our service reporting pages
MUID 2 years Used to create relevant adverts across the Bing  network. Used on some of our service reporting pages
_EDGE_V 2 years Used to create relevant adverts across the Bing  network. Used on some of our service reporting pages
SRCHUSR 2 years Used to create relevant adverts across the Bing  network. Used on some of our service reporting pages
SRCHUID 2 years  Used to create relevant adverts across the Bing  network. Used on some of our service reporting pages
SRCHD 2 years Used to create relevant adverts across the Bing  network. Used on some of our service reporting pages

To delete cookies or reject cookies

We recommend you allow cookies we set by this website as they help us provide a better service.

If you do not want to receive cookies from this website, select cookie settings under the privacy settings in your browser options, then add our domain to the list of websites you do not want to accept cookies from.

Under settings you can also delete individual cookies or any cookies that your browser has stored.

You can opt out of receiving Google Analytics cookies by installing the Google Analytics opt-out browser add-on

You can find more information on how to delete and control cookies on the All about cookies website. If you set your browser to refuse cookies, please be aware that there may be functionality on various websites that do not work.