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Our use of cookies

The UK Plant Health Information Portal puts small files (known as ‘cookies’) onto your computer to collect information about how you browse the site.

Cookies are used to:

  • measure how you use the website so it can be updated and improved based on your needs
  • remember the notifications you’ve seen so that we don’t show them to you again

Cookies aren’t used to identify you personally.

You’ll normally see a message on the site before we store a cookie on your computer.

Find out more about how to manage cookies.

Measuring website usage (Google Analytics)

We use Google Analytics software to collect information about how you use the UK Plant Health Information Portal. We do this to help make sure the site is meeting the needs of its users and to help us make improvements, eg improving site search.

Google Analytics stores information about the pages you visit on UK Plant Health Information Portal

  • how long you spend on each page

  • how you got to the site 

  • what you click on while you’re visiting the site

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

NamePurposeExpires
_ga This helps us count how many people visit the UK Plant Health Information Portal by tracking if you’ve visited before 2 years
_gat Used to manage the rate at which page view requests are made 10 minutes