TrustGov project website Cookie Policy

Version 1, 13 August 2019 

What are cookies?

A cookie is a small text file that a website stores on your computer or mobile device when you visit the site.

  • First party cookies are cookies set by the website you’re visiting (in this case the TrustGov website). Only that website can read them. In addition, a website might potentially use external services, which also set their own cookies, known as third-party cookies.

  • Persistent cookies are cookies saved on your computer and that are not deleted automatically when you quit your browser, unlike a session cookie, which is deleted when you quit your browser.

The purpose is to enable the site to remember your preferences (such as user name, language, etc.) for a certain period of time. That way, you don’t have to re-enter them when browsing around the site during the same visit. Cookies can also be used to establish anonymised statistics about the browsing experience on our sites.

How do we use cookies?

We primarily use first party cookies to enable core functionality of the TrustGov website, such as security, network management, and accessibility.

We also use analytics cookies, provided consent is received, to track user behaviour on our website. We use these purely for internal research on how we can improve the service we provide for all our users. The cookies simply assess how you interact with our website – as an anonymous user (they data gathered does not identify you personally).

Also, this data is not shared with any third parties or used for any other purpose.

However, you are free to refuse these types of cookies – either via the cookie banner.

Some of our pages may display content from external providers, e.g. YouTube, Facebook and Twitter.

To view this third-party content, you first have to accept their specific terms and conditions. This includes their cookie policies, which we have no control over.

But if you do not view this content, no third-party cookies are installed on your device.

These third-party services are outside of the control of the TrustGov project or the University of Southampton. Providers may, at any time, change their terms of service, purpose and use of cookies, etc.

What types of cookies do we use?

Cookie Description Duration Purpose
ss_cvt Analytics cookie 30 minutes Identifies unique visitors and tracks a visitor’s sessions on a site.
ss_cvr Analytics cookie 2 years Identifies unique visitors and tracks a visitor’s sessions on a site.
crumb Functional/required cookie 30 minutes Prevents cross-site request forgery (CSRF). CSRF is an attack vector that tricks a browser into taking unwanted action in an application when someone’s logged in.

How do I change my cookie settings?

Most web browsers allow some control of most cookies through the browser settings. To find out more about cookies, including how to see what cookies have been set, visit or

Find out how to manage cookies on popular browsers:

To find information relating to other browsers, visit the browser developer's website.

To opt out of being tracked by Google Analytics across all websites, visit