Cookie notice

This website, citizensinformation, uses cookies that are necessary to make the website work. You can also choose to set optional cookies.

Cookies help us improve the use and functionality of the website and understand how visitors use the website. We have chosen these cookies because they do not identify you personally either to us or the providers of other cookies (third parties). If you chose to reject them, it is possible certain elements of the site may not function (for example, playing a video or using the search).

You can change your cookie preferences at any time by clicking the 'My Cookie Preferences' link in the footer of every page on this website.

You should read this Cookie notice in conjunction with our Privacy statement which gives more information on how we collect and use your personal data when you use

Please note that this cookie notice is currently under review and a new version will be published shortly.

What are cookies?

Cookies are small pieces of information, stored in simple text files, placed on your computer or mobile device by a website. Cookies do things like letting you navigate between pages efficiently, remembering your preferences or log in details and generally improving your experience.

Some cookies used on are strictly necessary cookies that must be in place to allow the website to function properly. You can disable these cookies by changing your browser settings but this may affect how this website functions for you.

You can also control optional cookies when you use You can do this through the “My Cookie Preferences” button at the bottom of every page on We set out information about the optional cookies we use in ‘What cookies do we use?’ below

Why do we use cookies?

We use cookies for the following purposes:

  • Recording your consent to cookies – these cookies are classified as ‘strictly necessary’ cookies
  • Understand how visitors interact with the website content - these are ‘analytics cookies’
  • To allow you to view embdedded videos on – these are ‘targeting cookies’

What cookies do we use? uses cookies in several places:

  • When you first visit, you will see a message informing you about cookies. You can choose to accept all cookies or manage your cookies using the 'My Cookie Preferences' link at the bottom of every page on the website.
  • This website uses Google Analytics to collect information about how visitors to use the website. Google sets a number of cookies to make Google Analytics work. The type of information that is collected includes how users get to, what devices are being used, how long users spend on particular pages, how many users visit the site and how many users visit particular pages. This helps us to improve the site, for example, it helps us to make sure that information is easy to find. You can find further details on Google's privacy policy for Google Analytics here: You can opt out of Google Analytics cookies using My Cookie Preferences' or by using this tool: See also "How Google uses data when you use our partners' sites or apps":
  • This website uses Google Custom Search to provide the site's search functionality. Google may set cookies when you use the search function. You can chose to reject these cookies when you use but this means that the search function will not work. You can find Google's privacy policy here:
  • This website embeds videos from YouTube to allow you to view the video from a page on You can get more information on YouTube's privacy policy here:

Cookies on
Cookie Name Expiration Time Description
CIOGAnalytics 12 months from last visit Google Analytics
CIOGAnalytics_gid 24 hours from last visit Google Analytics
_gat 10 minutes Used to throttle request rate

Managing cookies

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Page edited: 2 October 2020