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The ESFA Online Documentation service uses cookies to enable the website's core functionality such as security, network management and accessibility.

These cookies always need to be on.

Cookies for this service are used for providing insight and improvements.

ESFA Online Documentation cookies are not used to identify you personally. We record tracking information anonymously. Cookies do not track your personal data, only your activity when using the site.

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Introductory cookie message

When you first use the service, we show a ‘cookie message’. We then store a cookie on your computer, so it knows not to show this message again.





To record your acceptance of cookies and not display the cookie messages

12 Months

The cookie banner will be displayed until you interact with the cookie message by choosing to accept cookies or change the cookie settings. You will need to leave the cookie on so that the service can remember what you chose.

Optional cookies

Measuring website usage using Google Analytics

We would like to use Google Analytics and service-specific cookies to collect information about how you use the ESFA Online Documentation service. We do this to help make sure the service is meeting the needs of its users and to help us make improvements. 

The software stores information about:

  • whether you’ve visited before

  • your unique user identity

  • the pages you visit on the ESFA Online Documentation site

  • how long you spend on each page

  • how you got to the service

  • what you click on while you’re visiting the service

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

Measuring website search performance using Algolia

We would also like to use Algolia to collect information about what you have searched for while on the site, and how the site responded to your searches. We do this to help make sure the search service is meeting the needs of its users and to help improve the responses you get. 

This site uses the following Optional/Analytical cookies





To allow google analytics to collect information. It is used to distinguish unique users.

24 months


To allow google analytics to collect information. It is used to store information on how visitors use a website.

1 day


To allow google analytics to collect information. This cookie is used where necessary to throttle the requests made by google analytics.

5 hours


To allow Algolia to collect search statistics.

5 months

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