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Cookie Details


This page documents everything you want to know about web browser cookie usage by the website.

What is a cookie?

A cookie is a small amount of data sent by a website when you visit one of its web pages. Your web browser will store this small amount of information on your computing device's storage. That is if your web browser setting permits cookie usage (most do by default). Cookies are unable to read any data from your hard drive other than what is already included in the cookie. Cookies can not damage your computer or handheld device.

A cookie is intended to be information that is stored temporarily and shared among one more web pages within the same website, only. Like the container of milk in your refrigerator, a cookie also has an expiration date. When the expiration date has been reached the cookie gets tossed by the web browser.

Why use cookies?

Cookies evolved because they solve a big problem for the people who implement Web sites. In the broadest sense, a cookie allows a site to store state information on your machine. This information lets a Web site remember what state your browser is in. An ID is one simple piece of state information -- if an ID exists on your machine, the site knows that you have visited before and it remembers your ID from that last visit.

In practical terms, when your web browser accepts the DCA Survey cookie, you mo longer need to login every time you come back to visit the DCA website.

A cookie is a small amount of information, sent to your web browser by a web server, which often includes an anonymous and encrypted unique identifier. It is stored on your hard drive. Cookies are unable to read any data from your hard drive other than what is already included in the cookie. Cookies can not damage your computer or handheld device.

Cookies are required to use the DCA Survey website as it provides important functionality and interactivity while using the website. Using cookies allows us to provide a personalized user experience. Our encrypted and persistent session cookies are used to identify unique visitors to the website while providing you with easy and expedient access to your surveys. If you have your browser set to reject cookies, your usage of the DCA Survey survey website is likely to be crippled. We do not and cannot use cookies to retrieve individual personally identifying information about you from your computer unless you knowingly and willingly provide such information.

What do we store in a cookie?

Below is a description of what is stored in the DCA website cookie and equally, if not more importantly why such information is stored in the cookie.

What do you not store in a cookie?

We do not permit 3rd party cookies to be used on our website. We also do not use a cookie to store third party information. In short, we do not provide information to or permit advertisers track your website usage. The only information stored in our cookie is information you and your web browser have voluntarily provided for your benefit. Here's more good news: our cookie is also trans-fat, free. too.

Is cookie usage required?

Yes. Absolutely. Your web browser must be configured to accept web cookies from the website. Most likely you already have this setting enabled. If not, the website will detect such setting is not enabled and inform you of this required setting.  Cookie usage allows us to make the most interactive and engaging website for your benefit.

How long is my User Id stored?

Immediately after you successfully login, your user id will be stored in a website for one year. The user id is also commonly referred to as a persisted session id. This stored value will "remember" your login, so you will not need to actively login the next time you visit the website.

How do I clear my User/Persisted Session Id?

The easiest and quickest way is to click the logout link contained within the website. This action is highly recommended if you browsing the website using a shared or publicly accessible computer like a kiosk.

How to enable cookies?

If by chance your web browser's cookie setting is disabled (our website will tell you, if true), then please consult this external link as it will instruct you on how to enable cookies.

Other Web Browser settings

Other required web browser settings are detailed in the browser requirements document.

More questions?

Do you still have more questions after reading this document? If so, please consult our frequently asked questions document. You may also contact us.

Last updated: 2012 March 27