Cookies

The GOV.UK Design System puts small files (known as ‘cookies’) on to your computer.

We use cookies to:

  • record the notifications you’ve seen so we don’t show them again
  • measure how you use the website so it can be updated and improved based on your activity

These cookies aren’t used to identify you personally.

You’ll see a message on the site before we store a cookie on your computer.

Find out how to manage cookies.

You will see a message about cookies when you first visit the GOV.UK Design System. We’ll store a cookie so that your computer knows you’ve seen it and knows not to show it again.

Dates and amounts
Name Purpose Expires
seen_cookie_message Saves a message to let us know that you have seen our cookie message 28 days

Measuring website usage with Google Analytics

We use Google Analytics software to collect information about how you use the GOV.UK Design System. 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 got to the site
  • what you click on while you’re visiting the site.

We don’t collect or store your personal information, so this data can’t be used to identify who you are. For more information visit our privacy policy page.

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

Google Analytics sets the following cookies:

Dates and amounts
Name Purpose Expires
_ga This helps us count how many people visit the GOV.UK Design System site by tracking if you’ve visited before 2 years
_gid This helps us count how many people visit the GOV.UK Design System site by tracking if you’ve visited before 24 hours
_gat This is used to limit the rate at which page view requests are recorded by Google 1 minute