The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Memo M-10-22, Guidance for Online Use of Web Measurement and Customization Technologies allows Federal agencies to use session and persistent cookies.
FERC uses web measurement and customization technologies, commonly known as “cookies,” to collect information about users’ visits to our site. When you visit the FERC website, our server may generate a “cookie” to place on your computer. Placing cookie text allows websites to “remember” visitors’ preferences, surging patterns and behavior while they are connected.
Cookies make it easier for you to use the dynamic features of webpages. Cookies from FERC.gov webpages only collect information about your browser’s visit to the site; they do not collet any personal information about you.
There are two types of cookies, single session (temporary), and multi-session (persistent). Session cookies last only as long as your Web browser is open. Once you close your browser, the cookies disappears. Persistent cookies are stored on your computer for longer periods.
Session Cookies: FERC uses “session cookies” also known as “Tier 1- single session web measurement and customization technologies,” to enable better navigation through our site. These cookies let our server know that you are continuing a visit to our site. These cookies do not collect personal information on users. Session cookies are stored in memory during an active browser session, and they are erased when you close your browser after visiting our website.
Persistent Cookies: FERC uses persistent cookies to differentiate between new and returning visitors to our site. Persistent cookies can remain on your computer between visits unless a user deletes them.
If you do not wish to have session or persistent cookies stored on your machine, you can opt out or disable cookies in your browser. You will still have access to all information and resources at FERC. However, turning off cookies may affect the functioning of some Commission websites. Disabling cookies in your browser will affect cookie usage at all other websites you visit as well.
Google Analytics: FERC uses Google Analytics, a third-party analytics tool to collect and analyze anonymous statistical data. This data helps FERC meet user needs, understand web traffic patterns and identify opportunities to improve the quality of the site. FERC uses anonymous, aggregated data for internal purposes and discloses it to FERC employees and contractors who have a “need-to-know” in the performance of their official duties.
Google Analytics uses a persistent cookie to store a unique, randomly assigned identifier for each user. The persistent cookie remains on users’ computers for two years or until it is deleted. Additionally, Google Analytics uses session cookies to facilitate sending data to Google Analytics. Google Analytics does not receive Personally Identifiable Information (PII) through these cookies and does not combine, match, or cross-reference FERC.gov information with any other information. The data is automatically sent from your machine or device to the provider’s system which immediately aggregates that data.