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Cookie Policy

The Public Registry is committed to be fully transparent and provide you with the necessary information about the use of cookies when you visit this website. We strive not to collect any personal information about you as a visitor unless you provide it voluntarily through the online forms.

What is a cookie?

A cookie is a small piece of data that a website asks your browser to store as text strings on your computer’s hard-disk. All cookies are set with expiry dates which determine how long they reside on your browser. Generally, cookies can be removed automatically after the lapse of the expiry date or else can be deleted manually by the user. It is important to note that there is a group of cookies without which the website cannot successfully function and blocking them would compromise the functionality of the website. These cookies are known as Strictly Necessary Cookies.

Which types of cookies does this website utilise?
This website makes use of the following different types of cookies:
  • Session cookies: these are temporary cookies which are used to give you access to the content of this website. These types of cookies expire and are deleted as soon as you close the browser.
  • Permanent cookies: these cookies do not disappear after a user exits the website. They have a specific expiration date with the cookie continuing to transmit information to the website’s server every time a user visits the site until the expiry date comes up. These cookies are also used to keep users logged into certain website.
  • First party cookies: these are temporary cookies which are used to give you access to the content of this website. These types of cookies expire and are deleted as soon as you close the browser.
  • Third party cookies: these cookies are set by domains other than this website's and may be temporary or persistent. The use of third party cookies on this website are restricted and only allowed for the purpose of embedding the informational YouTube videos demonstrating how to use the website to purchase certificates.
Below is a list of the specific cookies we use and a description of what they do:
Cookie Type Purpose
ISAWPLB Session This cookie keeps track of the current server client session and is purged when the user leaves the site. It is used to direct http traffic to the correct web server. Expires on closing of the browser.
ASP.NET_SessionId Session Used to keep record of data related to the current user’s browser session. In the case of the Certificates website this includes the logged in user (if user is signed in) and other data related to temporarily stored certificates in the cart. Expires on closing of the browser.
__utma First-party Used to distinguish users and sessions. The cookie is created when the javascript library executes and no existing __utma cookies exists. The cookie is updated every time data is sent to Google Analytics. Expires after 2 years.
__utmb First-party Used to determine new sessions/visits. The cookie is created when the javascript library executes and no existing __utmb cookies exists. The cookie is updated every time data is sent to Google Analytics. Expires after 30 minutes.
__utmc First-party Not used in ga.js. Set for interoperability with urchin.js. Historically, this cookie operated in conjunction with the __utmb cookie to determine whether the user was in a new session/visit. This cookie is deleted when the browser is closed.
__utmz First-party Stores the traffic source or campaign that explains how the user reached the site. The cookie is created when the javascript library executes and is updated every time data is sent to Google Analytics. Expires 6 months from set/update.
_ga First-party Used to distinguish users, expires after 2 years.
_gat_gtag_UA_113157345_1 First-party Used to throttle request rate. Expires after 1 minute.
_gid First-party Used to distinguish users. Expires after 24 hours.
cookieconsent_status Permanent Used for placing the cookie consent popup inside the content block of a website. Expires in one year.
Various Third-party Cookies stored by YouTube due to the embedding of informational videos about the Certificates website. Expiration date may vary depending on the cookie.
How can I delete or disable cookies?

In general, if your browser is NOT configured, by default, to block all or certain cookies, you may manually configure your browser to either reject all cookies or control which cookies are set on your device through this website. You may find all the necessary information on how to make the necessary configuration settings by visiting the following site: http://www.allaboutcookies.org/manage-cookies/.

Cookies for this website can be updated from the cookie settings page.

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