The register to vote service puts small files (known as ‘cookies’) on to your computer.

These cookies are used to:

Find out how to manage cookies.

Google Analytics cookie

We use Google Analytics to collect information about how you use the service. This information helps us to improve the service.

The Google analytics cookie collects and stores information about:

Name Purpose Expires
_ga A randomly generated reference is used to identify unique users and inform referring sites, visitor and session counts 2 years

Google isn’t allowed to use or share our analytics data with anyone, but you can opt out of Google Analytics cookies.

Session cookies

We store session cookies on your computer to help keep your information secure while you use the service.

Name Purpose Expires
application Stores encrypted session data After 20 minutes of inactivity or when you close your browser
applicationIV A randomly generated string used to strengthen the encryption of the ‘application’ cookie After 20 minutes of inactivity or when you close your browser
session Stores encrypted session timings used to perform session timeouts After 20 minutes of inactivity or when you close your browser
sessionIV A randomly generated string used to strengthen the encryption of the ‘session’ cookie. After 20 minutes of inactivity or when you close your browser

Introductory message cookie

When you first use the service, you may see a pop-up ‘welcome’ message. Once you’ve seen the message, we store a cookie on your computer so it knows not to show it again.

Name Purpose Expires
seen_cookie_message Saves a message to let us know that you have seen our cookie message 1 month