Cookies policy

DIT cookies policy

DIT wants to provide services that are easy to use, useful and reliable. Where services are delivered on the internet, this sometimes involves placing small amounts of information on your computer, tablet or mobile phone.

These include small files known as cookies. These pieces of information are used to improve services for you through, for example:

  • enabling a service to recognise your device so you don’t have to give the same information several times
  • measuring how many people are using services, so they can be made easier to use

Use of cookies on this website

The www.great.gov.uk website uses cookies.

We also use Google Analytics software. We do not allow Google to use or share our analytics data.

You can learn about cookies and how to manage them yourself on www.aboutcookies.org.uk.

The Google Analytics cookies used on www.great.gov.uk are:

Name Expires Purpose
_ga after 2 years to distinguish users
_gid session to distinguish users
_gat session to limit requests to Google Analytics
_collect session Used to send data to Google Analytics about the visitor’s device and behaviour. Tracks the visitor across multiple devices.

Find more information on cookies set by Google Analytics on the Google Developer website.

Internal cookies

This website uses cookies to remember your previous choices. The following cookies are in use.

Name Expires Purpose
_sessionid after 2 weeks maintains the session id
_sso_session_cookie after one year maintains the session id for single sign on
sso_display_logged_in after 2 weeks maintains login status for display
hide_cookie_notice after 30 days Hides cookie notice
django_language after one year maintains language choice
csrftoken 1 year Helps prevent Cross-Site Request Forgery (CSRF) attacks
SESS session Preserves user states across page requests during the user session
_ukti_opportunities_session session Preserves user states across page requests during the user session
__cfduid 1 year Used by the content network, Cloudflare, to identify trusted web traffic.
disable_geolocation 1 year Manage geolocation settings

Third party cookies

The following third party cookies are in use.

Name Expires Purpose
. youtube.com / VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE 6 months Used to measure the speed of a user’s internet connection to ensure they are receiving a suitable quality when watching video on the website
.youtube.com / GPS 30 minutes Used for Youtube GPS location mobile devices
.youtube.com / YSC session Used when watching embedded Youtube videos on the website
.youtube.com /PREF 2 years Remembers a user’s Youtube preferences when watching videos on the website
doubleclick.net/IDE 2 years Used by Google DoubleClick to register and report the Website user’s actions after viewing or clicking one of the advertiser’s ads with the purpose of measuring the efficacy of an ad and to present targeted ads to the user