cookie policy


We use cookies on our website for many purposes. They help us to provide you with a good experience when you browse our website, and allow us to improve our site.  

A cookie is a small file of letters and numbers that we transmit to your device. They store on your device’s browser or hard drive and transfer information back to us at DPAS, including your IP address. 

Consent for Cookies 

Before setting cookies on your device, we ask for your consent to do so. If you agree, this enables us to provide you with the best possible experience when visiting our website. If you decline, certain functions within our website may not operate effectively. That said, strictly necessary cookies will function, as we do not need consent to place these types of cookies.   

You can provide your consent or change your cookie settings using the tab on our home page. 

There are different types of cookies that we use:  

  • Strictly necessary cookiesThese are cookies that are required for the operation of our website. They include, for example, cookies that enable you to log into secure areas of our website, use a shopping cart or make use of the e-billing services. 
  • Analytical/performance cookiesThey allow us to recognise and count the number of visitors and to see how visitors move around our website when they are using it. This helps us to improve the way our website works, for example, by ensuring that users find what they are looking for easily. 
  • Functionality cookiesThese are used to recognise you when you return to our website. This enables us to personalise our content for you, greet you by name and remember your preferences (for example, your choice of language or region). 
  • Targeting cookiesThese cookies record your visit to our website, the pages you have visited and the links you have followed. We will use this information to make our website and the advertising displayed on it more relevant to your interests. We may also share this information with third parties for this purpose. 
  • First Party CookiesFirst party cookies are placed by us and are used for the purpose of improving your experience of our website and/or improving our services.  
  • Third Party CookiesThird Party cookies are set by other websites, not the website for the Data Privacy Advisory Service. Our website will set several types of third party cookie such as Google Analytics. 
  • Persistent CookiesAny of the above types of cookies may also be persistent cookies. Persistent cookies stay on your device after you have left our website.  
  • Session CookiesAny of the above types of cookies may also be session cookies. Session cookies are not permanent, as they only stay on your device for as long as you are visiting our website, following which they are deleted. 

You can find more information about the individual cookies we use and the purposes for which we use them below. 

First-party cookies 

This website will set some cookies that are essential for the website to operate correctly. These cookies are as follows: 

  • Visitor ID – this cookie is a numeric value that identifies unique visitors and provides coherence and consistency to a site visit;
  • Page Number – this cookie identifies the page you are on; 
  • Session ID – this cookie identifies your website session; 
  • Test – this cookie checks whether or not your browser supports cookies; 
  • Order – this cookie ensures that your shopping basket and our web-forms work correctly. 

Third-party cookies 

Our websites will set several types of third-party cookie, the use can decline these if they wish. The third-party cookies which may be set include: 

More Information about Google Analytics 

This data allows us to protect the security of our webservice, and gives us a sense of which country, state, or city in the world our users come from.  

Google Analytics supports an optional browser add-on that – once installed and enabled – disables measurement by Google Analytics for any site a user visits. Note that this add-on only disables Google Analytics measurement. 

You can find out more information specifically on Google Analytics here:  

More Information on Blocking Cookies 

You can block cookies from our website by activating the setting on your browser that allows you to refuse the setting of all or some cookies. However, if you use your browser settings to block all cookies (including essential cookies) some parts of our site, might not be fully functional. The following links provide instructions for disabling cookies from some commonly used browser providers:  

Apple Safari   

Google Chrome 

Microsoft Edge 

Microsoft Explorer  

Mozilla Firefox  


This cookie notice was updated on the 18th May 2020.