Information about our use of cookies

Our website uses cookies to distinguish you from other users of our website. This helps us to provide you with a good experience when you browse our website and also allows us to improve our site. BY CONTINUING TO USE OUR WEBSITE, YOU ARE AGREEING TO OUR USE OF COOKIES.

A cookie is a small file of letters and numbers that we store on your browser or the hard drive of your computer if you agree. Cookies contain information that is transferred to your computer's hard drive.

We use the following cookies:

  • Strictly necessary cookies. These are cookies that are required for the operation of our website. They include, for example, cookies that enable you to log into secure areas of our website or purchase search credits.
  • Analytical/performance cookies. They allow us to recognise and count the number of visitors and to see how visitors move around our website when they are using it. This helps us to improve the way our website works, for example, by ensuring that users are finding what they are looking for easily. We use Google Analytics for this purpose. Google will store and use the information collected from the analytical/performance cookies on our site. Google's privacy policy is available at: http://www.google.com/privacypolicy.html.
  • Functionality cookies. These are used to recognise you when you return to our website. This enables us to personalise our content for you, greet you by name and remember your preferences (for example, the list of searches you don’t wish to see cost notifications for).
  • Targeting cookies. These cookies record your visit to our website, the pages you have visited and the links you have followed. These cookies are provided by Google who to determine your interests will track your behaviour across the web using cookies. You can view, delete or add interest categories associated with your browser using Google's Ads Preference Manager, available at: http://www.google.com/ads/preferences/. You can opt-out of the Adsense partner network cookie at: http://www.google.com/privacy/ads. However, this opt-out mechanism uses a cookie, and if you clear the cookies from your browser your opt-out will not be maintained. To ensure that an opt-out is maintained in respect of a particular browser, you should use the Google browser plug-in available at: http://www.google.com/ads/preferences/plugin.

You can find more information about the individual cookies we use and the purposes for which we use them in the table below:

CookieNamePurposeWhen Expires
URL Cookiereturn_urlStores the referring URL when the User purchases credits, so we know where to return them to when they are finished.15 minutes OR deleted when they get to payment thanks page.
Search CookieSlsearch/advsearchRemembers the User's preference for single line/advanced PAF searching.1 year OR deleted when they toggle their selection. i.e. if slsearch selected advsearch cookie deleted and visa versa.
Don't Display CookiedontshowagainKeeps a list of searches the User no longer wishes to see cost notifications for.1 year
Old browserOldbrowserOnly applies to our ORBIS website. Indicates that we have shown a warning that the browser is too old.1 hour
Userformuserform2_short/sa_userform_[UEN]Only applies to our ORBIS website. Indicates the user has completed a userform.1 hour for userform2_short / 1 year for sa_userform
Don't show zonesearch help dont_show_helpRemembers the users preference to not see lightbox showing zonesearch instructions1 year
Saved recordssavedrecords Used to stored saved records below the left navigation column. Session cookie, expires when the browser is closed.
Google Analytics_-utma Used to distinguish users and sessions.2 years from set/update
Google Analytics__utmt Used to throttle request rate10 minutes
Google Analytics__utmb Used to determine new sessions/visits30 minutes
Google Analytics__utmz Stores the traffic source or campaign that explains how the user reached your site.6 months from set/update
Google Analytics__utmvUsed to store visitor level custom variable data.2 years from set/update

Please note that third parties (including, for example, advertising networks and providers of external services like web traffic analysis services) may also use cookies, over which we have no control. You can find out more about the advertising cookies which Google uses by clicking here. These cookies are likely to be analytical/performance cookies or targeting cookies.

You can block cookies by activating the setting on your browser that allows you to refuse the setting of all or some cookies. However, if you use your browser settings to block all cookies (including essential cookies) you may not be able to access all or parts of our site.

Except for strictly necessary cookies, all cookies will expire after 2 years from the date they are set or updated.