Cookie Policy

Information about our use of cookies:

The DPA website uses cookies to distinguish you from other users of our website. This helps us to provide you with a good experience when you browse our website and also allows us to improve our site.

A cookie is a small file of letters and numbers that we store on your browser or the hard drive of your computer if you agree. Cookies contain information that is transferred to your computer’s hard drive.

We use the following cookies:

Strictly necessary cookies: These are cookies that are required for the operation of our website. They include, for example, cookies that enable you to log into secure areas of our website (should we introduce such an area).

Analytical/performance cookies: They allow us to recognise and count the number of visitors and to see how visitors move around our website when they are using it. They also collect information about the browser and operating systems of visitors. This helps us to improve the way our website works, for example, by ensuring that users are finding what they are looking for easily.

Functionality cookies: These are used to recognise you when you return to our website.

These cookies record your visit to our website, the pages you have visited and the links you have followed.

You can find more information about the individual cookies we use and the purposes for which we use them in the table below:

Cookie NameExpiryPurpose
_ga2 yearsUsed to distinguish users
_gld24 hoursUsed to distinguish users
_gat1 minuteUsed to throttle request rate
AMP_TOKEN30 seconds to 1 yearContains a token that can be used to retrieve a Client ID from AMP Client ID service. Other possible values indicate opt-out, inflight request or an error retrieving a Client ID from AMP Client ID service
_gac_90 daysContains campaign related information for the user
ASP.NET_SessionIDOn exit of browserNecessary for site functionality


You block cookies by activating the setting on your browser that allows you to refuse the setting of all or some cookies. However, if you use your browser settings to block all cookies (including essential cookies) you may not be able to access all or parts of our site.

Most browsers allow you to refuse to accept cookies and to delete cookies. The methods for doing so vary from browser to browser, and from version to version. You can however obtain up-to-date information about blocking and deleting cookies via these links:

(a) For Chrome users:;

(b) For Firefox users:;

(c) For Opera users:;

(d) For Internet Explorer users:;

(e) For Safari users:; and

(f) For Edge users:

Please note that social media plug-ins for Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, Vimeo and Pinterest may also use cookies, if you are logged into these websites or have previously downloaded cookies controlled by or operated by these sites. We do not have any control over such third party cookies.