Details about cookies on GOV.UK
GOV.UK puts small files (known as ‘cookies’) onto your computer to collect information about how you browse the site. Find out more about the cookies we use, what they’re for and when they expire.
Cookies that measure website use
We use Google Analytics software (Universal Analytics) to collect anonymised information about how you use GOV.UK. We do this to help make sure the site is meeting the needs of its users and to help us make improvements to the site and to government digital services.
Google Analytics stores information about:
- how you got to the site
- the pages you visit on GOV.UK and how long you spend on them
- what you click on while you’re visiting the site
Google Analytics sets the following cookies:
|_ga||This helps us count how many people visit this site by tracking if you’ve visited before||2 years|
|_gid||This helps us count how many people visit this site by tracking if you’ve visited before||1 day|
|_gat||Used to manage the rate at which page view requests are made||1 minute|
We store session cookies on your computer to help keep your information secure.
|sessionid||This is set to identify your session||2 weeks|
|csrftoken||Cross Site Request Forgery (CSRF) protection||1 month|
Cookies that help with our communications and marketing
Some GOV.UK pages may contain content from other sites, like YouTube or Flickr, which may set their own cookies. These sites are sometimes called ‘third party’ services. This tells us how many people are seeing the content and whether it’s useful.
In addition, if you share a link to a GOV.UK page, the service you share it on (for example, Facebook) may set a cookie. We have no control over cookies set on other websites - you can turn them off, but not through us.
You may see a banner when you visit GOV.UK inviting you to accept cookies or review your settings. We’ll set cookies so that your computer knows you’ve seen it and not to show it again, and also to store your settings.
|cookies_policy||Saves your cookie consent settings||1 year|
|cookie_preferences_set||Lets us know that you’ve saved your cookie consent settings||1 year|
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Last updated 1 July 2021