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Privacy and Cookies Statement

The purpose of this statement is to inform users of the website which is managed by the Northern Ireland Law Commission (NILC), what information if any, is collected about them when they visit this site, how this information is used and if it is disclosed. This privacy statement applies only to the website at and does not apply to any other site, including, any site that is linked from one of our pages.

The Northern Ireland Law Commission is committed to fulfilling its responsibilities under the Data Protection Act 1998. It is a registered data controller and takes appropriate steps to protect your privacy and information. The personal information you choose to provide, such as your name, address and other contact details, will be processed in accordance with the Data Protection Act. It will only be used to communicate with you about a service, if requested or other information you have requested.

Your personal information will only be made available to the appropriate NILC staff involved in the provision of this service.Your personal information will not be disclosed to any other individual or organisation without your consent, except where it is necessary for NILC to do so to provide this service or if the law permits.

How we use cookies

When the Northern Ireland Law Commission 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 computer, mobile phone or tablet. These are known as cookies. They cannot be used to identify you personally.

What are cookies?

Cookies are used to improve services for you by:

  • enabling a service to recognise your computer 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 that popular services can be made easier and faster to use
  • analysing anonymous data to help us understand how people interact with government services so we can make them better

What do cookies look like?

If you click on a cookie you'll see a short string of text and numbers. The numbers are your identification card, which can only be seen by the website server that gave you the cookie.

How we use cookies

NILC uses a variety of cookies. The table below provides more details about why we use them and how long they will last.

Northern Ireland Law Commission – List of Cookies

Name of Cookie Purpose Typical Content Expires
NIGOV To improve service availability and security across many Northern Ireland government websites randomly generated number when you close your browser
WT_FPC To measure website usage. randomly generated number including your public IP address 10 years
style To remember your selections or preferences that you’ve already made when looking at information or using a service. text normal 1 year

How to manage your 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 NILC, or any other website, you can do this through your browser settings. Your browser is the way you access the internet for example Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari. The ‘Help’ function within your browser should tell you how you can restrict or block cookies.

For information on how to restrict or block cookies on the browser of your mobile phone you will need to refer to your handset manual.

Alternatively, you will also find details on how to restrict or delete cookies on a wide variety of browsers, as well as more general information about cookies, on the About Cookies website through the following link:-

Please be aware that restricting cookies may impact on the way our website works for you.

What happens when I link to another site?

The NILC website contains links to other external websites, both those of government departments and of other organisations.This privacy policy applies only to our site, so you should always be aware when you are moving to another site and read the privacy statement of any site that collects personal information.

We do not pass on any personal information you have given us to any other site.

Changes to this privacy statement

If this privacy policy changes in any way, an updated version will be placed on this page.