Cookies do many different jobs, like letting you navigate between pages quickly and efficiently, storing your preferences, and generally improving your user journey. There are many different kinds of cookies, including (but not limited to):

  • First Party cookies, which may be set by the website you are visiting, and can only be read by that site
  • Session cookies, which are only stored temporarily during a browsing session, and are deleted from a user’s device when the browser is closed
  • Persistent cookies, which are saved on your computer for a fixed period of time, and still remain even when the browser is closed.

What is a cookie?

As defined by Google, a cookie is “a randomly generated 18-digit ID number that uniquely identifies a web browser on a specific computer”. Cookies collect non-personal information on your computer such as viewing habits and patterns, but the data collected is completely anonymous and contains no personal information.

What information do cookies give?

In compliance with the latest GDPR regulations, the information we gather through cookies includes (but is not limited to):

  • Usage information – how users interact with the DVLC website, and which devices are used to log onto our site
  • Location information – where people access our website from (please note – this is non-specific data, and just records the country and region of the website visits)
  • Tracking information – how users come to view our website, for example from direct links or via third parties.

As well as being used by DVLC for informational purposes, having cookies on your computer means you have better functionality on our website.

The cookies we use

In addition to the Google Analytics cookie (that you can read more about in our Privacy Policy), DVLC uses the following cookies:

  • wordpress_sec – This cookie is a WordPress authentication cookie, designed for security when browsing the DVLC website.
  • wfwaf-authcookie – This cookie is set by the WordPress security plugin “Wordfence”. It is used to authenticate user’s login request.
  • wordpress_test_cookie – WordPress sets this cookie when you navigate to the login page. The cookie is used to check whether your web browser is set to allow, or reject cookies.
  • Wfvt – This cookie is set by the WordPress security plugin “Wordfence”. It used to track a user for the duration of their visit so that the “Wordfence” can group their page views together. This cookie is persistent and expires in 1 hour.
  • wordpress_logged_in – This ‘session’ cookie is set by WordPress. It is used for indication and identification of the logged in user.
  • wordfence_verifiedHuman – This cookie is set by the WordPress security plugin “Wordfence”. It is only used within this website in order to separate human visitors from bots.
  • wp-settings-, wp-settings-time –These cookies are set by WordPress. They are used to customize user’s view of admin interface, and the main site interface. These cookies have no impact on user experience and do not store any personal information. They contain some information about user’s general geographic location. These cookies are persistent and expire in 1 year. 
  • Cfduid – This cookie is used to identified users who have used the site before, and not challenge them (to login again for example). It does not correspond to any user ID in your web application, and does not store any personally identifiable information.
  • devicePixelRatio – This cookie records your device’s pixel ratio. If your screen resolution is a retina or Hi DPI screen, the website may then choose to serve you higher-resolution graphics to enhance your visual experience.

Is it possible to block cookies from my computer?

It is possible to block or delete certain cookies, but please be aware that this could cause you to lose some of our website’s functionality. You can block certain cookie categories on this website via your cookie settings on your browser.