Cookies

GOV.UK PaaS puts small files (known as ‘cookies’) onto your computer.

Cookies are used to:

  • remember you once you've signed in
  • keep your session open
  • avoid malicious requests
  • measure how you use the website so it can be updated and improved based on your needs

Find out how to manage cookies.

Measuring website usage (Google Analytics)

We use Google Analytics software to collect anonymised information about how you use GOV.UK PaaS. 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 arrived at the site 

  • what you click on while you’re visiting the site
  • the device and browser you’re using

We don’t collect or store your personal information (for example 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:

Name Purpose Expires
_ga This helps us count how many people visit GOV.UK PaaS by tracking if you’ve visited before 2 years
_gid This helps us count how many people visit GOV.UK PaaS by tracking if you’ve visited before 1 day
_gat Used to manage the rate at which page view requests are made 1 minute

Session cookies

We store session cookies on your computer to help keep your information secure when you sign into the service.

Name Purpose Expires
JSESSIONID This is set to identify your session when you close the browser
__VCAP_ID__ This is used with JSESSIONID to route your request to the right application instance (‘sticky session’) when you close the browser
X-Uaa-Csrf This is set to verify that your requests haven’t been tampered with by a malicious third party 1 day