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Last updated 14 August 2014

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Cookies contain information that is transferred to your computer’s hard drive. Most of the cookies that we use are “analytical” cookies. They allow us to recognise and count the number of visitors and to see how visitors move around the site when they are using it. This helps us to improve the way our website works, for example, by ensuring that users are finding what they are looking for easily.

None of our cookies store any personal information such as your name or address Please be aware that restricting cookies may impact on the functionality of the British Council website(s).

Cookies by 3rd party platforms and sites

To support our content publication, we sometimes embed photos and video content from websites such as You Tube and Flickr. As a result, when you visit a page with content embedded from, for example, You Tube or Flickr, you may be presented with cookies from these websites. We do not control the dissemination of these cookies. 

Cookies set up by Sharing Tools

We would like to draw your attention to the fact many of our websites now carry embedded ‘share’ buttons to enable users of the site to easily share articles with their friends through a number of popular social networks. These sites may set a cookie when you are also logged in to their service. The British Council does not control the dissemination of these cookies and you should check the relevant third party website for more information about these.

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

Source of Cookie [name of cookie] Purpose

An unique user session identifier at the server.


A cookie set by this site to record whether user is logged in.


A cookie set by this site to check whether cookies are supported in browser by security restrictions.

[isCookieMessageShown] A cookie set by this site to record whether user has agrred with this site cookies policy and disbaled page notice.
Add This [_atuvc] The __atuvc cookie is created and read by the AddThis social sharing site JavaScript on the client side in order to make sure the user sees the updated count if they share a page and return to it before our share count cache is updated. No data from that cookie is sent back to AddThis and removing it when disabling cookies would cause unexpected behaviour for users.
Add This [uid,di/dt,bt,uvc,ssc/psc/uvc,loc,uss/ups,ssh/sshs,dbm] Add This toolbar allows our users to share content from our sites with their friends and contacts through a social networking and bookmarking sites. This service is provided by independent 3rd party suppliers and we do not access to or retain any information using these cookies.
Google Analytics [_utma, _utmb, _utmc, _utmz] We use Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google, Inc. that we use on most of some of our websites to count visitors to our websites and analyse their usage of the site to help us determine the value of our content to our users.
Google [NID,PREF,GALX,GAPS,GoogleAccountsLocale_session] Internal Google requirements.
Webtrends [WT_FPC] Webtrends is an independent 3rd party analytics platform that we use on most of our websites to count visitors to our websites and analyse their usage of the site to help us determine the value of our content to our users.
Facebook[datr] A cookie used by Facebook Like button.
Twitter[_twitter_sess,guest_id,pid,goth] A cookie used by Twitter.
Other Some of thirdparty plugins and extensions may use own coockies for internal requirements. For more informations we reccomend checking particular cookies policy.

Turning off Cookies

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