This policy outlines the information we collect when you visit our website and how we use it.

By using the site, you are agreeing to let us store cookies on your computer and collect information about how you use the site. The cookies we send are used to improve your experience of the website, and to compile anonymous, aggregated statistics that allow us to understand how our site is used and helps us improve its structure and content.

What is a cookie?

A cookie is a small text file that a website saves to your computer hard disk drive when you visit the website. There are two types of cookie:

  • Temporary or "session" cookies: these are set to expire when you close your browser.

  • Persistent cookies: these are set to expire at a future date.

How do we use cookies?

When you first visit the website, a Cookie Control dialogue is shown to notify you that cookies are used. We store a persistent cookie on your computer to record how you have used this dialogue. If you use the settings on the dialogue to prevent further persistent cookies, we still store this one cookie to record that preference.

If we invite you to take part in a survey regarding this website by showing you a dialogue, we use a persistent cookie to record your choice of whether or not to take part in the survey.

IPSA uses Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google, Inc. Google Analytics sets cookies in order to compile reports for us on activity on the website. We use this information to find out how many people visit the site and how they use it. These cookies do not contain any information that personally identifies you.

Google stores the information collected by the cookies on servers outside of the EU. Google may also transfer this information to third parties where required to do so by law, or where those third parties process the information on Google's behalf. Google will not link the information from the cookie with your IP address or with any other data held by Google. By using this website, you consent to Google processing your data in this way, unless you explicitly disable the use of cookies.

For information on deleting or rejecting these cookies visit

Cookies on this website

Depending on how you use the website, we may send you any of the following cookies:

Cookie nameTypeDescription
civic​​Cookie​ControlPersistentThis cookie is set by the Cookie Control dialogue. It is used to store whether you have dismissed the dialogue or whether you have used it to prevent other persistent cookies. This cookie expires after X days.
survey_* (where * can be any positive or negative number up to 10 digits long)PersistentThis cookie is set when you respond to our invitation to complete a survey. If you agree to complete the survey, or decline, this cookie expires after X days. If you offer to complete the survey at a later date, this cookie expires after only Y days.
__Request​​​Verification​​​TokenSessionThis cookie is sent by any page on the website that contains a form you can fill in. It is used to prevent forms being filled in by automated programs known as 'bots', to help prevent spam. This cookie is removed when you close your browser.
_gaPersistentThis cookie is set by Google Analytics. It is used to report anonymously on which pages are viewed by each visitor to the site. This cookie expires after two years.
_gatPersistentThis cookie is set by Google Analytics. It is used to limit the number of requests that need to be made to as part of anonymous tracking. This cookie expires after ten minutes.

How to control cookies

The Cookie Control dialogue on this website allows you to prevent all persistent cookies except for one that is used to store your cookie preferences.

If you prefer to prevent all cookies sent by IPSA, you can use your browser settings. If you would like more information on controlling cookies, please visit

Please be aware, though, that if you prevent all cookies, including session cookies, some features of this website will not work. For example, you will not be able to submit any forms on the site.