This website uses cookies to improve the experience for visitors, and to measure our own performance, based on your interest. This page explains about cookies,how we use them and what to do if you don’t want to store them on your computer.

About cookies

Most websites use cookies to improve user experience. They are used to remember you for the duration of your visit or for repeat visits later.

Cookies are used for many different purposes, such as remembering your preferences and improving your interaction with the website. Some websites will also use cookies for targeting advertising or marketing messages based on information such as your location or browsing habits. This website carries no third-party advertising or marketing, and is not monetised by DCED.

What is a cookie?

A cookie is a simple text file sent from the website server that your browser stores on your computer or mobile device. Only the original server can retrieve or read the contents of the cookie. Each cookie is unique to your web browser. It will contain some anonymous information such as a unique identifier and the website name.

Types of cookie

Session cookies
Session cookies are stored temporarily during a browsing session and are deleted from the user’s device when the browser is closed.
Persistent cookies
Persistent cookies are saved on your computer for a longer, fixed period and are not deleted when the browser is closed. They are used to remember you when you visit the website again.
Third-party cookies
Third party cookies are set by a different organisation to the owner of the website you are visiting. They might include cookies set for website visitor analytics or embedded content, such as YouTube. Third-party cookies are also set by advertising networks to deliver targeted advertising on their website; these may also have the capability to track your browsing across different sites.

How we use cookies

Cookies enable us to identify you when you visit the website. We use cookies that are strictly necessary for using the site or providing basic features. We use cookies to improve the functionality of the website, such as storing your preferences. We also use cookies to help us to improve the performance of our website to provide you with a better user experience.

We do not store personally identifiable information in our cookies.

We don’t sell the information collected by cookies, nor do we disclose the information to third parties, except where required by law (for example to government bodies and law enforcement agencies).

Cookies we use

Cookie Name Purpose More information
Google Analytics __utma
These cookies are used to collect information about how visitors use our site. We use the information to compile reports and to help us improve the site. The cookies collect information in an anonymous form, including the number of visitors to the site, where visitors have come to the site from and the pages they visited. Overview of privacy at Google.
Twitter metrics_token The Twitter “metrics_token” cookie helps us count the number of users that have seen a particular embedded Tweet or timeline. Twitter privacy documentation

What to do if you don’t want cookies

Some people don’t like the idea of websites storing information on their computer or mobile device. It is possible to block cookies and delete cookies that have already been set, but you might lose some functionality of the website.

If you don’t want to receive cookies, you can modify your browser so that it notifies you when cookies are sent to it or you can refuse cookies altogether. You can do this through your browser settings. Visit to find comprehensive information on cookies, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the ePrivacy Directive.

What happens if I refuse cookies?

Implications for you

The website will still work, but you might lose some functionality. Also, we won’t be able to customise the content for you.

Implications for us

If you refuse cookies we won’t be able to include your browsing in the statistics we collect about how visitors use our website. We use these statistics very actively to make improvements to our website. We also use the statistics to measure and report on our performance over time, which in turn justifies the funding support that DCED receives from its members. This website is a free service to all users of the internet, which can only be justified if it is widely used.