The Digital Marketplace service puts small files (known as ‘cookies’) on to your computer.

These cookies are used to:

  • help us understand how you use the service so we can make improvements
  • remember what notifications you’ve seen so we don't show them to you again
  • temporarily store the information you enter

Digital Marketplace cookies aren’t used to identify you personally.

Find out how to manage cookies.

How cookies are used on the Digital Marketplace

Measuring website usage (Google Analytics)

We use Google Analytics to collect information about how you use the Digital Marketplace. This information helps us to improve the service.

The Google analytics cookie collects and stores information about:

  • the Digital Marketplace pages you visit
  • how long you spend on each page
  • how you got to the service
  • what you click on while you’re using the service

The Digital Marketplace uses the following cookies:

Universal Analytics

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

Google isn’t allowed to use or share our analytics data with anyone, but you can opt out of Google Analytics cookies.

Introductory message cookie

When you first use the service, you may see a pop-up ‘welcome’ message. Once you’ve seen the message, we store a cookie on your computer so it knows not to show it again.

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

Session cookies

We store session cookies on your computer to help keep your information secure while you use the service.

Name Purpose Expires   
dm_session Stores encrypted session data When you close your browser

Routing cookies

We store routing cookies on your computer to ensure you consistently see the same version of the site.

Name Purpose Expires   
AWSELB Ensures you connect to the same web server when using the service When you close your browser