In common with many other websites, the NAO website sometimes stores small amounts of data on your computer when you visit our site to remember if you’ve been to the website before.

This is done by saving small data files known as “cookies” on your machine. Cookies are very important to help us make online services easier to use, to monitor the use of our site and to help improve the service to you.

Below is a list of our cookies and explanation of what cookies are and why and how they are used by the NAO. It also explains how you can manage cookies if you have concerns about their use.

Managing cookies

At National Audit Office, your use of our site is important to us and we feel the cookies that we use help to enrich your visitor experience. It is our intent to make sure that you are happy with the information we provide, so that you continue to use our site. Cookies set across our site, by ourselves or partners, can be session or persistent cookies and may be set by different technologies, such as JavaScript or Flash. If you would like to ‘opt out’ of the cookies set by our site, this can be accomplished subject to browser settings. Please note, you may reduce site operation or functions if you limit the cookies.

You can update your cookie settings by clicking in the bottom-left corner of the screen.

If you have any questions, require additional clarification around our use of cookies or wish to discuss how we are embracing online privacy, please email us at webmaster@nao.org.uk.

List of cookies

A cookie is a small piece of data (text file) that a website – when visited by a user – asks your browser to store on your device in order to remember information about you, such as your language preference or login information. Those cookies are set by us and called first-party cookies. We also use third-party cookies – which are cookies from a domain different than the domain of the website you are visiting – for our advertising and marketing efforts. More specifically, we use cookies and other tracking technologies for the following purposes:

Strictly Necessary Cookies

These cookies are necessary for the website to function and cannot be switched off in our systems. They are usually only set in response to actions made by you which amount to a request for services, such as setting your privacy preferences, logging in or filling in forms. You can set your browser to block or alert you about these cookies, but some parts of the site will not then work. These cookies do not store any personally identifiable information.

Cookie nameDescription
CookieControlHelps to manage consent for website cookies

Analytics Cookies

These cookies allow us to count visits and traffic sources so we can measure and improve the performance of our site. They help us to know which pages are the most and least popular and see how visitors move around the site. All information these cookies collect is aggregated and anonymous. We use this information to make improvements to the site.

Cookie name(s) Description
_ga, _gid, _ga_XXXX Used to track data about a visitor’s device and use of the site in Google Analytics.
mf_user, mf_XXXX Used to track data about a visitor’s use of the site in Mouseflow, and make sure that a visitor does not receive multiple requests to take part in surveys.