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What are cookies?

A cookie is a simple text file that is stored on your computer or mobile device by a website's server. Only that server can retrieve or read the contents of that cookie and each cookie is unique to your web browser. It allows a website to improve your user experience by, for example, remembering things like your preferences and lets you navigate between pages efficiently.

How does West Devon Borough Council use cookies?

We use cookies to help us improve the performance of our website. We collect information about how people use this site; for example what device you are on, what pages you visit, how long you are on the site, how you got there and what you click on. We do this to make sure that our website is meeting your needs and understand how we can do it better. No personal details are stored and you cannot be identified by the information collected.

We also use an 'authentication' cookie on some pages as this helps us to make sure we can manage your visit properly without getting confused with other visitors. It is also used where ever you have to login to our website to access a service, for example, when you view your Council Tax online.

Other cookies that we use are essential for this website to work, for example, to enable you to move round the site and to provide certain basic features.

How do you disable cookies?

Some people find the idea of a website storing information on their computer or mobile device a bit intrusive. Although this is generally harmless if you don't want to receive cookies, you can modify your browser so that it notifies you when cookies are sent to it or you can refuse cookies altogether. However, if you choose to disable or block cookies from this site, some functions will not work.

If you'd like more comprehensive information on how to modify your cookie preferences and how to do this on a wide variety of desktop browsers, then you may wish to visit what are cookies?