Privacy and Cookies


When we provide services, we want to make them easy, useful and reliable. Where services are delivered on the internet, this sometimes involves placing small amounts of information on your device, for example, computer or mobile phone. These include small files known as cookies. They cannot be used to identify you personally.

These pieces of information are used to improve services for you through, forexample:

  • Enabling a service to recognise your device so you don’t have to give the same information several times during one task
  • Recognising that you may already have given a username and password so you don’t need to do it for every web page requested
  • Measuring how many people are using services, so they can be made easier to use and there’s enough capacity to ensure they are fast
  • Analysing anonymised data to help us understand how people interact with government services so we can make them better

You can manage these small files and learn more about them from the article, Internet Browser cookies – what they are and how to manage them

If you’d like to learn how to remove cookies set on your device, visit:the ‘about cookies’ site

Our use of cookies

This is a list of cookies that may be stored on your device when visiting sites within the domain.

‘Third-party’ cookies

We use a number of suppliers who may also set cookies on their websites’ on its behalf.

YouTube video sharing []
YouTube embedded videos are used within the domain.

For further information on YouTube privacy policy see:

Survey monkey []
Occasionally we run surveys on or its subsites. We use the Survey Monkey tool. This will set a cookie to prevent the survey from displaying for users who have already completed it.

Google web services
Google web services are used within the domain to add interactive elements e.g. Google maps are used in to create an interactive map. Google Local is used to resolve postcode to latitude and longitude.

Cookies as
Name: PREF
Typical content: text with unique identifiers
Expires: 2 years
Name: NID
Typical content: text with unique identifiers
Expires: 1 day

For more information on Google privacy policies please visit:

Zmags viewer [] use a 3rd party magazine viewer to host the electronic version of their monthly magazine.

Cookies as
Typical content: randomly generated text
Expires: when you close your browser

Cookies as
Typical content: randomly generated number
Expires: when you close your browser
Typical content: randomly generated text
Expires: when you close your browser
Name: zmagStatsLastVisitnnnnnn (where n is a number)
Typical content: number
Expires: 3 months

For further information on the privacy policy of Add This please refer to the Add this website:

Cookies for improving service

Google Analytics []
sets cookies to help us accurately estimate the number of visitors to the website and volumes of usage. This to ensure that the service is available when you want it and fast.

Disclaimer: The above list represents the known cookies that are used within the 858 Squadron domain, however the domain is a large enterprise site that allows multiple organisations of the RAF to publish their own content into the domain, they may use a technique or technology that adds a cookie to your device. This cookie may not be listed here. If you find such a cookie please report to us and we will add it to the list.

How to control and delete cookies

We will not use cookies to collect personally identifiable information about you.

However, if you wish to restrict or block the cookies which are set by our website, or indeed any other website, you can do this through your browser settings. The ‘Help’ function within your browser should tell you how.

Alternatively, you may wish to visit which contains comprehensive information on how to do this on a wide variety of browsers. You will also find details on how to delete cookies from your machine as well as more general information about cookies.

Please be aware that restricting cookies may impact on the functionalityof our website.

If you wish to view your cookie code, just click on a cookie to open it.You’ll see a short string of text and numbers. The numbers are your identification card, which can only be seen by the server that gave you thecookie.

For information on how to do this on the browser of your mobile phone you will need to refer to your handset manual.

To opt-out of third-parties collecting any data regarding your interaction on our website, please refer to their websites for further information.