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Changes to our online privacy policy

18 May 2012

New legislation regarding the use of cookies on the internet has been introduced requiring the Commission to update its online privacy policy.

The following amendment has been made and now sits within our online privacy policy, available here.

Cookie policy
Cookies are small files of letter and numbers that are downloaded onto a user's device and allow the website to recognise the user's device. Our website uses two cookies to help improve user experience and track traffic on the website:

ASP.NET_sessionId This cookie is necessary to use the search function on the website. The cookie stores a user's search parameters.

_utm  This is the Google Analytics cookie and is used to track traffic to the website anonymously.

Most browsers are automatically set to accept cookies but users can usually change their settings to prevent cookies being stored on their device.

For further information on cookies and how to switch them off see