Privacy, cookies, and third party services
- Our use of your data, cookies, and external services: what you should know, and how to opt out if you want to.
To make our service easier or more useful, we sometimes place small data files on your computer or mobile phone, known as cookies; many websites do this. We use this information to, for example, prevent duplicate votes, or to measure how people use the website so we can improve it and make sure it works properly. Below, we list the cookies and services that this site can use.
Name Typical Content Expires uuid A random unique identifier When web browser is closed
- Measuring website usage (Google Analytics)
We use Google Analytics to collect information about how people use this site. We do this to make sure it’s meeting its users’ needs and to understand how we could do it better. Google Analytics stores information such as what pages you visit, how long you are on the site, how you got here, what you click on, and information about your web browser. IP addresses are masked (only a portion is stored) and personal information is only reported in aggregate. We do not allow Google to use or share our analytics data for any purpose besides providing us with analytics information, and we recommend that any user of Google Analytics does the same.
If you’re unhappy with data about your visit to be used in this way, you can install the official browser plugin for blocking Google Analytics.
The cookies set by Google Analytics are as follows:
Name Typical Content Expires __utma Unique anonymous visitor ID 2 years __utmb Unique anonymous session ID 30 minutes __utmz Information on how the site was reached (e.g. direct or via a link/search/advertisement) 6 months __utmx Which variation of a page you are seeing if we are testing different versions to see which is best 2 years
- Google’s Official Statement about Analytics Data
- Bits of wording taken from the gov.uk cookies page (under the Open Government Licence).