Privacy and Cookie Policy

Your Privacy

We're commited to protecting your information. We offer our services freely for you to enjoy in comfort knowing we do everything possible to protect your data whilst using this site. However, for you to use this application we do require some information from you which could be accessed by the public. Rest assured however, this information could by no means be used to identify you or a member of your family.

To help you understand what information we might capture read on.

Cookies puts small files (known as ‘cookies’) onto your computer to collect information about how you browse the site.

Cookies are used to:

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

MOD.UK cookies aren’t used to identify you personally.

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

Find out more about how to manage cookies.

How cookies are used on MOD.UK

Measuring website usage (Google Analytics)

We use Google Analytics software to collect information about how you use MOD.UK. 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 on
  • 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 (eg your name or address) so this information can’t be used to identify who you are.

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

Google Analytics sets the following cookies:

Universal Analytics

Name Purpose Expires
_ga This helps us count how many people visit by tracking if you’ve visited before 2 years
_gat Used to manage the rate at which page view requests are made 10 minutes

Google Analytics

Name Purpose Expires
_utma Like _ga, this lets us know if you’ve visited before, so we can count how many of our visitors are new to or to a certain page 2 years
_utmb This works with _utmc to calculate the average length of time you spend on 30 minutes
_utmc This works with _utmb to calculate when you close your browser when you close your browser
_utmz This tells us how you reached (eg from another website or a search engine) 6 months

You can opt out of Google Analytics cookies.

Government services

Most services we link to are run by different government departments, eg HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) or the Home Office. These services may set additional cookies and, if so, will have their own cookies policy.

Last updated: 23 March 2015