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We use cookies which are pieces of data created and stored on your hard drive when you use our online services.

This data is used to allow our system to recognise you when you move from page to page. They are also used to help measure usage of the services and inform future design developments. You agree to our use of cookies when you use the services.

We’ve listed below all the cookies that are set by our online services including: this website, Exchange, the education portal and the third-party services we use.

Interactive tools cookies

Our interactive tools use two session cookies, one (cookieenabledchecked) to allow the use to tick off completed tools in the end screen and the other for usage analysis and continuous improvement purposes.

Name  Typical content Expires
cookieenabledcheck 1 or 0 On exit
ns_cookietest True or False On exit

Pop up window cookie

We use the ‘showAd’ cookie so users can dismiss the reminder pop up (modal) windows within website. The dismiss functionality prevents the returning user from repeatedly seeing the pop up windows.

Name Purpose Expires
showAd Identifies the user dismissing a pop up window. 14 days

Webinar cookies

Our webinars are hosted by LiveGroup. All data is database driven.

If a webinar user selects remember me - a feature on many systems where you log in - this stores a cookie for when they return. This is not shared with anyone and is not used to track behaviour.

When viewing a webinar, a poll tool is used to remember whether a user has responded to a poll already and if yes, then the poll results will show instead of the question, and the cookie this uses is as follows:

Name Typical content Expires
gglQuickPoll [Quiz topic] id=done 100 days

LiveGroup also use Google Analytics to track user activity and their cookies are listed on Google's website.

More information about LiveGroup.

Cookies for improving our service

We use Google Analytics to collect information to help us accurately estimate the number of visitors to our website and volumes of usage. This is to ensure that the website is available when you want it and to help us understand what you want to use.

Name Typical content Expires
_utma Randomly generated number 2 years
_utmb Randomly generated number 30 minutes


Randomly generated number On exit
_utmz Randomly generated number + info on how the site was reached 
(eg directly or via a link, organic search or paid search)
6 months

More information about Google Analytics

We use the following cookies on our automatic enrolment transactional services.

Name Purpose Expires
_ga Enables us to know what pages, content and activity a user has done for website analytics and performance measurement. 2 years
_gcl_au Enables us to understand how a user uses the website by generating analytical data. 3 months
PID Used to validate role-based (guest, user, anonymous) authorisation to access the web portal application resources on a session level. On exit
__RequestVerificationToken This is MVC anti-forgery token to prevent cross site request forgery (CSRF) attack. When the page gets posted to the server, if requestVerificationTokens are not the same, or either one is missing, the server knows that the post did not come from our own server and that we shouldn't trust the input and causing an exception to be thrown. On exit
__utmt Used to throttle request rates. 10 minutes
_gid Used to distinguish users. 24 hours
atidvisitor Used to monitor the performance of pages visited by users. 6 months
__RequestVerificationToken_Lw__ Used to remember things during your session, so we can do things within the session like logins and personalisation of settings. On exit

Third party advertising cookies

Where Government uses advertising, we want to make sure that this money is well spent. To help measure this, these cookies are used on pages which are being marketed.

Name  Cookie name Typical content Provider Expires

DoubleClick by Google

id Unique serial number Google 2 years TPR - Landing Page img src="" width="1" height="1" Media iQ 2 years
Drawbridge PensionsRegulatorLandingP Reports on all users who land on The Pensions Regulator landing page after being exposed to the ads on Drawbridge Drawbridge On exit

More information about Doubleclick by Google

More information about Appnexus 

More information about Drawbridge

Social networking cookies

We use AddThis to allow users to share content via Social Networking website and email. When we provide links to third party services you find useful, they may place a cookie on your device to make their service easier to use.

Name  Typical content   Expires
di Randomly generated number 2 years
dt "X" 30 days
loc Country code and randomly generated letters and numbers 30 days
psc Number 2 years
ssh Your favourite preferences 2 years
uid Randomly generated letters and numbers 2 years

More information about AddThis

Exchange cookies

Exchange is our online service you use to keep your scheme details up to date. Without these cookies set, you cannot gain access to Exchange.

Name Purpose Expires
FedAuth1, Fed Auth To enable users to sign in. On exit
ASP.NET_Sessionld Used by our server code to link a user to a session so that information about their visit can be stored on the server as they move from one page to the next. On exit

Education portal

The education portal is hosted by a third-party provider, The Development Manager Ltd. The portal includes the Trustee toolkit - a free online learning programme for trustees, and the Public Service toolkit - a free online learning programme for pension board members.

Name Purpose Expires
MoodleSession Identifies the user logged in to the education portal. On exit
cookieenabledcheck Checks that cookies are enabled in the user's browser. On exit
cookieenabledcheck Checks that the browser can receive cookies correctly to make sure a survey invite overlay is not repeatedly served to browsers which can’t accept cookies.

On exit

4888_Pensions_Regulator_Toolkit_Survey_1 Controls the frequency of a survey invite overlay and prevent repeated viewing. 90 days

More information about The Development Manager Ltd

More information about cookies and how to manage them

Google reCAPTCHA cookies

We use google reCAPTCHA security on our 'find out your staging date' and 'nominate a contact' digital services to protect them from spam and abuse.

Name Purpose Expires
PREF  These are essential cookies, used by the google reCAPTCHA. These cookies use a unique identifier for tracking purposes.

NID Indefinite
HSID  Indefinite
APISID  Indefinite
SID Indefinite

More information about google reCAPTCHA