We collect certain information or data about you when you use our site. This includes your IP address, details of which version of a web browser you used and information on how you use the site. We do this by using cookies and page tagging techniques.

This helps us to improve the site by monitoring how you use it. We can not personally identify you using this data.

Where your data is stored

We do not ask for your data on this website. You may chose to get in touch to report a technical problem or to ask about one of our recruitment schemes. You do this by submitting an email. Only your email address and the contents of that message will be stored on our secure servers in order for us to reply to your query.

Keeping your data secure and disclosing your information

Transmitting information over the internet is generally not completely secure, and we can’t guarantee the security of your data.

Any data you transmit to us is at your own risk.

We have procedures and security features in place to exercise due diligence in keeping your data secure once we receive it.

We won’t share your information with any other organisations for marketing, market research or commercial purposes, and we don’t pass on your details to other websites.

Links to other websites

Our website contains links to and from other websites. This privacy policy only applies to our website.

Following a link to another website

If you go to another website from this one, including any websites (including government websites) that we link to, you should read the privacy policy on that website to find out what it does with your information. If you go to another website from this one, we may pass personal information collected about you on our website to the destination website.

Following a link to our website from another website

If you come to our website from another website, we may receive personal information about you from the other website. You should read the privacy policy of the website you came from to find out more about this.


Small files (known as ‘cookies’) are put onto your computer to collect information about how you browse the site.

Cookies are used to:

  • measure how you use the website so it can be updated and improved based on your needs
  • remember the notifications you’ve seen so that we don’t show them to you again

These cookies aren’t used to identify you personally.

Find out more about how to manage cookies (opens in a new window).

How cookies are used on the DE&S website

Measuring website usage (Google Analytics)

We use Google Analytics software to collect information about how you use the DE&S website. We do this to help make sure the site is meeting the needs of its users and to help us make improvements.

Google Analytics stores information about:

  • the pages you visit on the DE&S website
  • how long you spend on each page
  • how you got to the site
  • what you click on while you’re visiting the site

We don’t collect or store your personal information (e.g. your name or address) so this information can’t be used to identify who you are.

We don’t allow Google to use or share our analytics data.

Google Analytics sets the following cookies:

Universal Analytics and Google Tag Manager

Name: _ga
Purpose: This helps us count how many people visit the DE&S website by tracking if you’ve visited before
Expires: 2 years

Name: _gat
Purpose: Used to manage the rate at which page view requests are made
Expires: 10 minutes

Purpose: Used by Google Tag Manager to link to GA account
Expires: When you close your browser

Name: _gid
Purpose: Used by Google Tag Manager to track if you’ve visited before
Expires: When you close your browser

You can opt out of Google Analytics cookies (opens in a new window).

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