Privacy and Cookie Policy

Visitors to our websites

When someone visits our website ( we collect standard internet log information and details such as the number of visitors to different parts of our website. This information cannot be used to identify you personally. If we do want to collect personally identifiable information on the website, we will tell you. We will make it clear when we collect personal information and we will explain what we intend to do with it.

Use of Cookies

Cookies are small text files that are placed on your computer by websites that you visit. They help users navigate websites efficiently and perform certain functions. For example, a cookie may be used to recognise that you have already entered a user name and password so you don’t need to re-enter it on every web page visited.

The table below explains the cookies we use on our website and why.

Cookies used on RBC website and third party sites
Cookie Where/When Set Comments/Technical Information
ASPSESSIONID* (secureforms.reading..) On every forms page. Keeps state information about the form.
memberInfo On every page. Assists identification for Forms-Master (online forms system)
ASP.NET_SessionID On almost every page. Stores 404 information so that page not found errors can be handled cleanly and also perform retro-redirects for old bookmarked urls.
.ASPXAUTH.ModuleServices.Member When logging in or after registering. Required to know who is logged in.
Member.RecentPages When user visits most pages. Used by MyReading so that we can list recently visited pages.
Member.Bookmarks When user interacts with a content page by clicking the ‘Save This Page’ button. Used by MyReading so that we can list user bookmarks.
Member.Address.* When visiting the MyReading page. Stores the address the user sets on the MyReading page so that we can provide location services.
Member.MyReading.* When visiting the MyReading page. Stores state information about the widgets such as location, info tip visibility and whether the widget is showing.
Login.Return When a user chooses to login whilst on a petitions page. So that the user is redirected back to petitions after logging in.
ASPSESSIONID* (mapping.reading..) When a GIS map is displayed. Set by 3rd party system.
Accessibility When user chooses an accessibility option. Used to determine which style to show based on the user’s choice.
Planning and Building Control This site uses session cookies If a user adjusts their browser settings to restrict the use of cookies, the functionality of the products is unaffected.
Parking fine payments This site uses session cookies Stores the current ticket number during the ticket payment process. The cookie can only be sent to this site, not others, and has a short life, so cannot be used subsequently to derive any information about the user or PC.
Online Benefit Claim and Calculator This site uses session cookies BECS uses one cookie to hold the JSESSIONID used by Tomcat to identify the user's session
Jobs Go Public For information on the cookies used on this site see related web links.

Most web browsers allow some control of most cookies through the browser settings. To find out more about cookies, including how to see what cookies have been set and how to manage and delete them, see the related web links from this page.

Data Protection

Under the Data Protection Act 1998 the Council is required to ensure that we protect any personal information we hold about you.  For more information on Data Protection see the Related Information links from this page.

External Links

Reading Borough Council does not necessarily endorse or recommend any of the links or services below. Please note: when you follow these links you will leave this site.