To make this site simpler, we sometimes place small data files on your computer. These are known as cookies. Most big websites do this too.

They improve things by:

  • remembering settings, so you don’t have to keep re-entering them whenever you visit a new page
  • remembering information you’ve given (eg your postcode) so you don’t need to keep entering it
  • measuring how you use the website so we can make sure it meets your needs.

MHRA cookies aren’t used to identify you personally. They’re just here to make the site work better for you. Indeed, you can manage and/or delete these small files as you wish.

To learn more about cookies and how to manage them, visit (external link). Or please read on to find out more about how and where we use cookies.

How we use cookies

The MHRA uses cookies in a few of places – we’ve listed each of them below with more details about why we use them and how long they will last.

Measuring website usage (WebTrends and Google Analytics)

We use WebTrends and Google Analytics to collect information about how people use this site. We do this to make sure it’s meeting its users’ needs and to understand how we could do it better.

WebTrends and Google Analytics store information about what pages you visit, how long you are on the site, how you got here and what you click on. We do not collect or store your personal information (eg your name or address) so this information cannot be used to identify who you are. We do not allow WebTrends or Google to use or share our analytics data.

The following cookies are set by WebTrends:

Name Typical Content Expires
WT_FPC Web clicks and statistics on the user 12 years

The following cookies are set by Google Analytics:

Name Typical Content Expires
_utma Randomly generated number Two years
_utmb Randomly generated number 30 minutes
_utmc Randomly generated number When you close your browser
_utmx Randomly generated number Two years
_utmxx Randomly generated number Two years
_utmz Randomly generated number and information on how the site was reached (eg direct or via a link, organic search or paid search) Six months

More information about Cookies and Google Analytics (link opens in a new window)

Page last modified: 28 May 2012