Cookies

A cookie is a small piece of data that’s stored on your computer, tablet, or phone when you visit a website. Most websites need cookies to work properly.

How cookies are used in this service

This service uses them to:

  • measure how you use the service so it can be improved
  • remember the notifications you’ve seen so that you’re not shown them again
  • temporarily store the answers you give

Find out more about how to manage cookies.

Cookies used to measure website usage

We use Google Analytics software to collect information about how you use this service. We do this to help make sure the service is meeting the needs of its users and to help us make improvements, for example improving site search.

Google Analytics stores information about:

  • the pages you visit
  • how long you spend on each page
  • how you got to the service
  • what you click on while you’re visiting the service

We allow Google to use or share our analytics data. You can find out more about how Google use this information in their privacy policy.

You can opt out of Google Analytics if you do not want Google to have access to your information.

Google Analytics sets the following cookies:

Cookies used to measure website usage
Cookie name What this cookie is for Expires after
_ga This helps us count how many people visit the service by tracking if you’ve visited before 2 years
_gat Manages the rate at which page view requests are made 10 minutes

Cookies used to turn our introductory message off

You may see a welcome message when you first visit the service. We’ll store a cookie so that your computer knows not to show this message again.

Cookies used to turn our introductory message off
Cookie name What this cookie is for Expires after
seen_cookie_message Saves a message to let us know that you’ve seen our cookie message 1 month

Cookies used to store the answers you’ve given during your visit (known as a ‘session’)

Session cookies are stored on your computer as you travel through a website, and let the website know what you’ve seen and done so far. These are temporary cookies and are automatically deleted a short while after you leave the website.

Cookies used to store the answers you’ve given during your visit (known as a ‘session’)
Cookie name What this cookie is for Expires after
connect.sid Carries details of your current session When you close your browser

Cookies used to identify you when you come back to the service

We use authentication cookies to identify you when you return to the service.

Cookies used to identify you when you come back to the service
Cookie name What this cookie is for Expires after
__auth-token Identifies you to the service When you close your browser

Cookies used to make the service more secure

We set cookies which prevent attackers from modifying the contents of the other cookies we set. This makes the service more secure and protects your personal information.

Cookies used to make the service more secure
Cookie name What this cookie is for Expires after
TS01842b02 Protects your session from tampering When you close your browser
__state Identifies you to the service and secures your authentication When you close your browser
_csrf Helps protect against forgery When you close your browser