Cookies are tiny text files that our website uses to enable certain functionality, to remember the preferences of our users and to monitor how the site is being used. They help us to enhance the usability of the website and to tailor our content to better meet your needs.

Generally, these cookies expire at the end of each browsing session. You may, however, restrict or block these cookies through your browser settings. Please refer to your browser's Help function or visit for detailed information about how to do this on a wide variety of browsers. Please note that if you disable any, or all, cookies you may have a degraded user experience.

To help you to decide, we have listed the cookies we use on the site, along with a brief description of their function.

List of Cookies

The table below indicates the purpose of each cookie used on the Digital UK website.

Cookie name What it is used for
LastVisit Used by the Proactive live chat widget to store the date when you last visited the website.
_utma, _utmb, _utmc, _utmz, PREF, SNID, NID We use Google Analytics to gather website analytics information on how our site is being used.
id, _drt_ We also use Google AdSense on our website to display advertisements that are suited to your interests, based on your clicks and impressions. This can also be linked to your Google ID if you have an account.
Pid This is a Twitter cookie which allows a visitor to tweet certain articles from our website.
HighCon Allows users to switch to a high contrast version of the site.
ci_session, SQ_SYSTEM_SESSION, PHPSESSID, ASP.NET_SessionId Allows the site to identify a unique user visit. These do not contain any human readable personal data and are used for website functionality.
vanillapods, time, hash Used to store number of postcode searches per day, and date and time of the last postcode checker visit.
_cbopt values 1 or null To track acceptance of the cookies policy and to prevent the visitor being asked again for 365 days.


Digital UK engaged with Squiz to provide a cookie report detailing information on all cookies within the website. This is to assist Digital UK in complying with the change in cookie legislation as stipulated by The Information Commissioners Office.

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