Cookies

GOV.UK Registers puts small files (known as ‘cookies’) onto your computer.

Cookies are used to:

  • keep your session open
  • avoid malicious requests
  • measure how you use the website so it can be updated and improved based on your needs

Find out how to manage cookies.

Measuring website usage (Google Analytics)

We use Google Analytics software to collect anonymised information about how you use GOV.UK Registers. We do this to help make sure the site is meeting the needs of its users and to help us make improvements.

Google Analytics stores information about:

  • the pages you visit
  • how long you spend on each page
  • how you arrived at the site
  • what you click on while you’re visiting the site
  • the device and browser you’re using

We don’t collect or store your personal information (for example your name or address) so this information can’t be used to identify who you are.

We don’t allow Google to use or share our analytics data.

Google Analytics sets the following cookies:

NamePurposeExpires
_gaThis helps us count how many people visit GOV.UK Registers by tracking if you’ve visited before2 years
_gidThis helps us count how many people visit GOV.UK Registers by tracking if you’ve visited before1 day
_gatUsed to manage the rate at which page view requests are made1 minute

Session cookies

We store session cookies on your computer to help keep your information secure.

NamePurposeExpires
_govuk_registers_sessionThis is set to identify your session1 month

Our introductory message

You may see a pop-up welcome message when you first visit GOV.UK Registers. We’ll store a cookie so that your computer knows you’ve seen it and knows not to show it again.

NamePurposeExpires
seen_cookie_messageSaves a message to let us know that you have seen our cookie message1 month

'Help us improve GOV.UK Registers' questions

When accessing a register's data you’ll be asked a couple of questions about what you're using GOV.UK Registers for. Once you’ve filled these in or chosen to skip them, we'll store a cookie so that your computer knows you’ve seen it and knows not to show it again.

NamePurposeExpires
seen_help_us_improve_questionsSaves a message to let us know that you’ve seen these questions2 weeks