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Help with Cookies

In order to better serve you, we use cookies for certain types of online transactions. Cookies are small text files that a web server may ask your web browser to store, and to send back to the web server when needed. Cookies may be used to store a transaction identifier or other information a user may provide.

Cookies are used to store and retrieve unique transaction identifiers or other server-generated or user-provided information in complex, multi-page web applications. This allows us to distinguish between different users, and to use information provided at one stage of an application at a later time (for instance, items placed in a 'shopping cart' might need to be displayed on a later 'check-out' screen).

When we use cookies in this way, the cookie is stored on your web browser only temporarily; the cookie is destroyed at the end of the transaction or at the end of the browser session. Personal information you give us for processing a transaction or using one of our personalization features may be stored on our secure web server.

The "help" portion of the toolbar on most browsers will tell you how to prevent your browser from accepting new cookies or how to disable cookies altogether. However, cookies allow you to take full advantage of the many eGovernment services in Maine.gov, and we recommend that you set your web browser to accept cookies.

Browsers have cookie enabled by default, but if cookies have been disabled on your computer, you can easily enable them. To set your web browser to accept cookies, please follow the instructions below:

For Internet Explorer:

Tools > Internet Options > Privacy > move slider to "Medium" to Blocks third-party cookies that do not have a compact privacy policy > Apply > OK

For Firefox:

Firefox enables the use of cookies by default and doesn't allow turning them off.

For Chrome:

Edit > Preferences > Privacy > Content Settings > Cookies > Allow local data to be set (recommended)

For Safari

Edit > Preferences > Privacy (button) > Block Cookies From third parties and advertisers