Privacy & cookies

If you are a user with general public and anonymous access the Defra website does not store or capture personal information, but merely logs the user’s IP address that is automatically recognised by the web server.

This privacy statement only covers the Freshwater Umbrella subdomain of the Defra website at This statement does not cover the main Defra website — nor to links within this site to other websites.


When we provide services, we want to make them easy, useful and reliable. Where services are delivered on the internet, this sometimes involves placing small amounts of information on your device, for example, computer or mobile phone. These include small files known as cookies. They cannot be used to identify you personally.

These pieces of information are used to improve services for you through, for example:

  • enabling a service to recognise your device so you don’t have to give the same information several times during one task
  • recognising that you may already have given a username and password so you don’t need to do it for every web page requested
  • measuring how many people are using services, so they can be made easier to use and there’s enough capacity to ensure they are fast

You can manage these small files yourself and learn more about them through Internet browser cookies — what they are and how to manage them (on Directgov).

Our use of cookies

When you accessed our website, we set a cookie which records a unique session ID for this browsing session. The Freshwater Umbrella website uses PHP a web application framework which sets a cookie that allows the site to manage access to the Freshwater Umbrella intranet, to allow users to register their interest in the site, and to facilitate searching of the Freshwater Umbreall database. This cookie is a randomly generated alphanumeric string that cannot be used to identify you personally and which is deleted whenever you close your browser:

Typical content: the website address by which you first entered our website
Expires: when user exits browser

When you accessed our website, Google Analytics set cookies to help us accurately estimate the number of visitors to the website and volumes of usage. Google Analytics sets the following cookies:

Name: _utma
Typical content: randomly generated number
Expires: 2 years

Name: _utmb
Typical content: randomly generated number
Expires: 30 minutes

Name: _utmc
Typical content: randomly generated number
Expires: when user exits browser

Name: _utmz
Typical content: randomly generated number + info on how the site was reached (e.g. directly or via a link, organic search or paid search)
Expires: 6 months

For further details on the cookies set by Google Analytics, please refer to the Google Code website

Page last modified: 29 June 2012
Page published: 14 March 2010
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