The NAO website stores small data files known as cookies on your machine. Cookies help us make our website easier to use and to monitor its use so that we can improve it.

Below is a list of our cookies, with details of how we use them. It also explains how you can manage cookies if you have concerns about their use.

List of cookies

Cookies that are set by us are 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 – so that we can analyse how people use our website. This data is aggregated and anonymous.

Cookies set across our site can be session or persistent cookies.

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 name Description
CookieControl Helps 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.
_hjSession_XXXX, _hjSessionUser_XXXX Used to track data about a visitor’s use of the site in Hotjar, and make sure that a visitor does not receive multiple requests to take part in surveys.

Managing cookies

Your use of our site is important to us. We believe the cookies that we use help us to improve your 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.

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

If you have any questions, require more information about our use of cookies or wish to ask how we approach online privacy, contact us using our contact form or another method.