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A cookie is a small piece of data (which often includes a unique identifier) that is stored on your computer, mobile phone or tablet. It is generated when users access a certain website. The cookie is stored on your browser and then sent back to the originating website on each subsequent visit. Cookies that are generated through the use of this website are not used to identify you personally but they are used to make the site work better for you by remembering activities and preferences chosen by you and your browser. Cookies are used to improve the quality of your website experience by:

  • Enabling a service to recognise your device so that you do not have to repeat any unnecessary actions
  • Measuring how many people are using our website services, and from where in the world they visit us. This enables us to tailor content more closely to the profile of our users.

Cookies might also be used occasionally to help gather feedback to help us understand how users interact with specific services, to inform future website development plans.

Cookie Name

  • __cfduid
  • has_js
  • cookie-agreed
  • _ga
  • _gat
  • session


  • __cfduid expires when you close your browser
  • has_js expires when you close your browser
  • cookie-agreed expires after 100 days
  • _ga expires after 2 years
  • _gat expires after 10 minutes.
  • session expires after 1 year


  • __cfduid is a randomly generated number that identifies your browser
  • has_js lets us know whether or not you have JavaScript enabled in your browser
  • cookie-agreed lets us know that you've agreed to our use of cookies
  • _ga helps us count how many people visit this website by tracking if you’ve visited before
  • _gat manages the rate at which page view requests are made
  • session is used for our 'get in touch' webform and contains 3 components:
    • _csrf_token is a Cross-Site Request Forgery protection token which is used to authenticate your session while completing our form
    • truth_project returns a True/False which is used to show you either the IICSA website theme or the Truth Project website theme depending which website you are visiting the form from
    • unique_reference is a 16-character string which is shown to you as confirmation of receipt on the form's 'thank you' page

However if you wish to control, block or delete any cookies which are generated by this website, or indeed any other website, you can do so through your browser settings. The "help" function on your browser will provide relevant instructions.

Please be aware that restricting cookies may impact on your experience while visiting our websites.

Alternatively you may wish to visit the About Cookies website which provides comprehensive information on how to control cookies through a variety of different browsers.


We use Hotjar in order to better understand your needs and improve your experience. Hotjar is a technology service that helps us monitor how people use the website so we can build and maintain our service with your feedback in mind. A list of cookies used by this service can be found on the Hotjar website.


YouTube may track videos watched via the Inquiry’s website in order to enhance user experience.

Blocking YouTube from doing this could detriment the Inquiry’s website and make it difficult to handle large amounts of traffic at one time.

We are not recording people’s personal details and this is entirely compliant with GDPR.

Your privacy

There are very limited circumstances where we tell anyone your name without your consent, for example if a child is currently at risk and we need to tell the police.