DCMS Blog 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 dcmsblog.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.
We do not allow Google to share the data about how you use dcmsblog.uk.
Google Analytics stores information about:
- how you got to the site
- the pages you visit on dcmsblog.uk and how long you spend on them
- what you click on while you’re visiting the site
Google Analytics sets the following cookies:
|_utma||Used to distinguish users and sessions||2 years|
|_utmb||Used to determine new sessions/visits||30 minutes|
|_utmc||cookie to determine whether the user was in a new session/visit.||End of browser session|
|_utmx||Google website optimiser cookie – used for controlling content||2 years|
|_utmxx||Google website optimiser cookie – used for controlling content||2 years|
|_utmz||randomly generated number and information on how the site was reached (e.g. direct or via a link, organic search or paid search)||6 months|
|_ga||used to distinguish users||2 years|
|_gid||used to distinguish users||24 hours|
|_gat||used to throttle request rate||1 minute|
For further details on the cookies set by Google Analytics, please refer to the Google Analytics documentation.
Log files allow us to record visitors’ use of the site. These logs are automatically generated from all our visitors, which we use to make improvements to the layout of the site and to the information in it, based on the way that visitors move around it. Log files do not contain any personal information about you.