The pages on the North Sea Transition Authority (“NSTA”) website and the National Data Repository website (“the Websites”) are published by the North Sea Transition Authority, which is a business name of the Oil and Gas Authority, a limited company registered in England and Wales.

What is a Cookie 

A cookie is a small data file that is downloaded from a website to the device used to access the website. Cookies help websites remember how you use them but they generally do not contain any personal information and generally cannot be used to identify who you are.

How the NSTA uses cookies

Cookies help us to improve your experience of the Websites. For example, they allow us to:

  • Remember who you are which can assist with filling out forms.
  • Monitor how the Websites are being used so that we can keep improving them.

The NSTA does not use cookies to collect personally identifiable information about you, except any information you may submit when subscribing to receive any information from the NSTA.

Necessary cookies

There are cookies which allow the NSTA to administer the Websites and make changes to the content. These cookies check if you are logged in or not so that the site can display information to you.

Targeting cookies

The NSTA uses these cookies only to analyse the use of the Websites and help to guide improvements.

Disabling Cookies

If you wish to restrict or block cookies used by the NSTA, you can manage the use of cookies through the “Cookie preferences” option on the cookies banner which appears when you access the Websites and allows you to consent to, or reject, non-essential cookies.

Additionally, you can amend your browser settings.  If you opt out of strictly necessary cookies it may restrict the functionality of that Website.

You can view your cookie code by clicking on the cookie to open it. Once you have opened the cookie you will see a string of text and numbers. The numbers are your identification card which can only be seen by you and the server that gave you the cookie.

Analytical or performance cookies

Both Websites use Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google. Google Analytics uses cookies to help website operators analyse how websites are used. The information provided by the cookie (which includes your IP address) will be transmitted to and stored by Google on servers which may be outside the United Kingdom and the European Union.

Google uses the information provided by the cookie to evaluate your use of the Websites, compiling reports on the activities and providing other services relating to the activities of the Websites and internet usage. Google may also transfer this information to third parties, where it is required to do so by law, or to a third party, where the third-party processes information on behalf of Google.

Further information on Google Analytics can be found here.


Sharing Tools

Sharing tools allow you to share content from the NSTA website through social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter.

When you click on a sharing button, the social network site may place a cookie on your computer. This is a third-party cookie set by the site. If you have questions about the use of third party cookies, you should check the social network’s own cookie policy.

Policy reviewed and updated 11th October 2023