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Privacy and Cookies

When we provide services, wewant to make them easy, useful and reliable. Where services are delivered onthe internet, this sometimes involves placing small amounts of information onyour device, for example, computer or mobile phone. These include small filesknown as cookies. They cannot be used to identify you personally.

Thesepieces of information are used to improve services for you through, forexample:

  • Enabling a service to recognise your device so you don't have to give the same information several times during one task
  • Recognising that you may already have given a username and password so you don't need to do it for every web page requested
  • Measuring how many people are using services, so they can be made easier to use and there's enough capacity to ensure they are fast
  • Analysing anonymised data to help us understand how people interact with govt services so we can make them better

You can manage these small files and learn moreabout them from the article, Internet Browser cookies - what they are and how tomanage them http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/SiteInformation/DG_197506?CID=Central&PLA=url_mon&CRE=managing_cookies

If you'd like to learn how to remove cookies seton your device, visit:the 'about cookies' site http://www.aboutcookies.org/Default.aspx?page=1

Our use of cookies

This is a list of cookies that may be stored on your device when visiting sites within the raf.mod.uk domain.

'First-party'cookies

Server Technology

The RAF use Adobe ColdFusion, Java and .Net Server technologies to underpin the raf.mod.uk website, these technologies set cookies to keep track of session state.

Cookies as raf.mod.uk / airspace.raf.mod.uk / syndication.raf.mod.uk

Name: CFID
Typical content: randomly generated number
Expires: when you close your browser

Name: CFTOKEN
Typical content: randomly generated number
Expires: when you close your browser

Name: JSESSIONID
Typical content: randomly generated number
Expires: when you close your browser

Name: CFAUTHORIZATION_airspace
Typical content: randomly generated number
Expires: when you close your browser
This cookie is specific to the Airspace Forums application

Name: JSESSIONID
Typical content: randomly generated number
Expires: when you close your browser

Name: ASP.NET_SessionID
Typical content: randomly generated number
Expires: when you close your browser

Name: ASPSESSIONIDSQARQAAT
Typical content: randomly generated number
Expires: when you close your browser
This cookie is specific to the RAF Engagement events directory

RAF Site cookies

Some of the sites within the raf.mod.uk domain may set a cookie to record a your current selection e.g. logging in to a site - this is so you do not need to repeatedly enter their details.

Cookies as raf.mod.uk

Name: REMEMBERME
Typical content: username as text
Expires: 1 year
This cookie is specific to raf.mod.uk/altitude and is used to preserve the username in the logon lanyard feature

Name: RAFCAREERSID Typical content: random 35 character ID
Expires: 1 year
This cookie is specific to raf.mod.uk/careers and is used to assign an ID to a user for site personalisation.

'Third-party' cookies

We use a number of suppliers who may also set cookieson their websites' on its behalf.

RAF Talk
This enables live chat with AFCO staff to answer questions from users on raf.mod.uk/careers

Cookies as raftalk.ehosts.net
Name: ASP.NET_SessionID
Typical content: randomly generated number
Expires: when you close your browser

YouTube video sharing [http://www.youtube.com/]
YouTube embedded videos are used within the raf.mod.uk domain.

Cookies as youtube.com
Name: VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE
Typical content: encoded text
Expires: 8 months
Name: use_hitbox
Typical content: encoded text
Expires: when you close your browser
Name: GEO
Typical content: encoded text
Expires: when you close your browser

For futher information on YouTube privacy policy see:
http://www.youtube.com/t/privacy_at_youtube

Survey monkey [http://www.surveymonkey.com/]
Occasionally we run surveys on raf.mod.uk or its subsites. We use the Survey Monkey tool. This will set a cookie to prevent the survey from displaying for users who have already completed it.

Cookies as surveymonkey.com
Name: s_sess
Typical content: encoded text string of current user survey status
Expires: when you close the browser
Name: s_pers
Typical content: encoded text string of current user survey status
Expires: 3 years

Cookies as www.surveymonkey.com
Name: P_nnnnnnnn (where n is a number)
Typical content: number
Expires: 8 months

Google web services
Google web services are used within the raf.mod.uk domain to add interactive elements e.g. Google maps are used in raf.mod.uk/aircadets to create an interactive map. Google Local is used to resolve postcode to latitude and longitude.

Cookies as google.com
Name: PREF
Typical content: text with unique identifiers
Expires: 2 years
Name: NID
Typical content: text with unique identifiers
Expires: 1 day

For more information on Google privacy policies please visit:
http://www.google.com/privacy/faq.html#cookie

Zmags viewer [http://www.zmags.com/]
raf.mod.uk/aircadets use a 3rd party magazine viewer to host the electronic version of their monthly magazine.

Cookies as viewer.zmags.com
Name: ARPT_SERVICES
Typical content: randomly generated text
Expires: when you close your browser

Cookies as stats.zmag.com
Typical content: randomly generated number
Expires: when you close your browser
Name: ARPT_STATS
Typical content: randomly generated text
Expires: when you close your browser
Name: zmagStatsLastVisitnnnnnn (where n is a number)
Typical content: number
Expires: 3 months

'Add this' widget [http://www.addthis.com/]
This widget is used in several locations around raf.mod.uk domain. This enables users to send the current page to a large spectrum of 3rd party social sites.

Cookies as addthis.com
Name: xtc
Typical content: randomly generated text
Expires: 2 years
Name: uid
Typical content: randomly generated text
Expires: 2 years
Name: uit
Typical content: number
Expires: 24 hours
Name: psc
Typical content: number
Expires: 2 years
Name: loc
Typical content: randomly generated text
Expires: 3 months
Name: dt
Typical content: randomly generated text
Expires: 1 month
Name: di
Typical content: randomly generated text
Expires: 2 years

For further information on the privacy policy of Add This please refer to the Add this website:
http://www.addthis.com/privacy

Scalable Inman Flash Replacement (SIFR) [http://wiki.novemberborn.net/sifr/]
This technology is used in raf.mod.uk/altitude to replace titles with a custom font. This is rendered using Adobe Flash technology

Cookies as raf.mod.uk
Name: sifrFetch
Typical content: boolean value, 'true'
Expires: when you close your browser
This cookie prevents the browser from repeatedly downloading the SIFR Flash module, making the page load quicker and saving the user bandwidth.

Cookies for improving service

Google Analytics [http://www.google.com/analytics/]
sets cookies to help us accurately estimate the number of visitors to the website and volumes of usage. This to ensure that the service is available when you want it and fast.

Cookies as raf.mod.uk
Name: _utma
Typical content: randomly generated number
Expires: 2 years
Name: _utmb
Typical content: randomly generated number
Expires: 30 minutes
Name: _utmc
Typical content: randomly generated number
Expires: when user exits browser
Name: _utmz
Typical content: randomly generated number + info on how the site was reached (e.g. directly or via a link, organic search or paid search)
Expires: 6 months
For further details on the cookies set by Google Analytics, please refer to the Google Code website
http://code.google.com/apis/analytics/docs/concepts/gaConceptsCookies.html#cookiesSet

ComScore iStats system (Nedstat / Sitestat) [http://www.comscore.com/]
Helps us to measure the usage of certain parts of the raf.mod.uk domain. This enables us to customise the site to user needs.

Cookies as raf.mod.uk
Name: ns_session
Typical content: Boolean value, either 'true' or 'false'
Expires: when you close your browser
Name: ns_cookietest
Typical content: Boolean value, either 'true' or 'false' - Used to confirm that your browser is able to accept cookies.
Expires: when you close your browser

Cookies as uk.sitestat.com
Name: s1
Typical content: randomly generated text
Expires: 15 years
This is a unique identifier given to each computer to allow log analysis to determine the number of unique users for various parts of raf.mod.uk. Data is only used in aggregate.

Name: c1
Typical content: randomly generated text
Expires: 15 years
This is a unique identifier given to each computer to allow log analysis to determine the number of unique users for various parts of raf.mod.uk. Data is only used in aggregate.

For further information about cookies set by ComScore see:

http://www.comscore.com/About_comScore/Privacy_Policy

Disclaimer: The above list represents the known cookies that are used within the raf.mod.uk domain, however the domain is a large enterprise site that allows multiple organisations of the RAF to publish their own content into the domain, they may use a technique or technology that adds a cookie to your device. This cookie may not be listed here. If you find such a cookie please report it to http://www.raf.mod.uk/contactus.cfm and we will add it to the list.

How to control and delete cookies

We will not use cookies to collect personally identifiable informationabout you.

However, if you wish to restrict or block the cookies which are set byour websites, or indeed any other website, you can do this through your browsersettings. The ‘Help’ function within your browser should tell you how.

Alternatively, you may wish to visit www.aboutcookies.org which contains comprehensiveinformation on how to do this on a wide variety of browsers. You will also finddetails on how to delete cookies from your machine as well as more generalinformation about cookies.

Please be aware that restricting cookies may impact on the functionalityof our website.

If you wish to view your cookie code, just click on a cookie to open it.You'll see a short string of text and numbers. The numbers are youridentification card, which can only be seen by the server that gave you thecookie.

For information on how to do this on the browser of your mobile phoneyou will need to refer to your handset manual.

To opt-out of third-parties collecting any data regarding yourinteraction on our website, please refer to their websites for furtherinformation.

 
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