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Cookies

We sometimes place small data files on your computer. These are known as cookies. Most websites do this.

They improve things by:

  • remembering settings, so you don’t have to keep re-entering them whenever you visit a new page
  • remembering that you are logged in so you don’t need to keep entering your details
  • measuring how you use the website so we can make sure it meets your needs

Our cookies aren’t used to identify you personally. They’re just here to make the site work better for you. Indeed, you can manage and/or delete these small files as you wish.

To learn more about cookies and how to manage them, visit AboutCookies.org. Or please read on to find out more about how and where we use cookies.

How we use cookies

Unbound uses cookies in several places – we’ve listed each of them below with more details about why we use them and how long they will last.

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 about what pages you visit, how long you are on the site, how you got here and what you click on. All this data is anonymised so cannot be used to identify who you are. We do not allow Google to use or share our analytics data.

The following cookies are set by Google Analytics:

Name Purpose Expires
_utma This randomly generated number is used to determine unique visitors to our site 2 years
_utmb This randomly generated number works with _utmc to calculate the average length of time users spend on our site 30 minutes
_utmc This randomly generated number works with _utmb to calculate when you close your browser when you close your browser
_utmz This is a randomly generated number and information about how the site was reached (e.g. direct or via a link, organic search or paid search) 6 months

You can opt out of Google Analytics cookies by visiting this page on Google.

Remembering if you’ve seen our introductory message

On your first visit to parts of Unbound, you may be greeted by a message that welcomes you and provides information about the site. We’ll store a cookie so that your computer knows you’ve seen it and knows not to show it again (and again...).

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

Cookies from YouTube, Twitter and Facebook

On some parts of this site, we use YouTube to provide useful videos and Twitter and Facebook to let you share things. YouTube, Twitter and Facebook set some or all of these cookies when you visit one of these pages.

Name Purpose Expires
_use_hitbox This is a randomly generated number that identifies your browser when you close your browser
VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE Set when viewing a page with Youtube videos on it. It is set by Youtube so they can count the views of embedded Youtube videos on them. 9 months

The language and structure of this page about cookies and the way we use them contains public sector information licensed under the Open Government Licence v1.0.