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Use of cookies

Cookies are small text files that are placed on your computer by websites that you visit.

They are widely used to make websites work, or work more efficiently. They also provide information to the owners of the site.

Some cookies are used for advertising, so you are shown adverts that are more personalised to you.  This is based on your previous internet behaviour.

Some examples of cookies could be:

  • storing information to personalise the website to your chosen preferences
  • a website that sells things may use a cookie to record items you have in a shopping basket
  • cookies can be used to record users behaviour on a website.  For example to record the pages they have viewed

Cookies on the Council website

We use many different cookies on the website.  They are also used on the sub domains and third party systems we run. We have published a list of detailed information on the cookies the Cornwall Council websites use.

If you have any questions about the way cookies are used on these sites, or how you may be affected please contact us using

Managing cookies on your PC

Most web browsers allow some control of most cookies through the browser settings. To find out more about cookies visit the about cookies website.  You can find out what cookies have been set and how to manage and delete them.

You can choose to block the cookies that are set by the Cornwall council website. However you must be aware that doing so may mean that parts of the site will not work correctly.  You can also choose to only block third party cookies which are set.

Changes to the way websites use cookies

The law that controls how cookies are used on websites has changed.  There is more information about cookies on the Information Commissioners website.  

We have taken reasonable steps now to align our use of cookies to the standard of consent required by GDPR.

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