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How we collect and use your information

Website visitors

This privacy notice tells you what to expect when the Electoral Commission collects personal information about visitors to our websites.

When someone visits we collect standard internet log information which shows how visitors are using the site. We do this to monitor the number of visitors to the various parts of the site, and to analyse the behaviour of our visitors in order to help us to provide you with a better user experience. We collect this information in a way that does not identify anyone. We do not make any attempt to find out the identities of those visiting any of our websites. We will not associate any data gathered from this site with any personally identifying information from any source. If we do want to collect personally identifiable information through our website, we will be up front about this and get your consent. We will make it clear when we collect personal information and will explain what we intend to do with it.

Cookies and what they're for

Seeing the site cookie banner

Once you have closed the cookie banner at the top of the site, the ‘amv-cookies-notification’ cookie will be saved. This means you won’t see the cookie banner every time you revisit the site.

This cookie expires after 1 month.

Measuring website usage with Google Analytics

We use Google Analytics to monitor how users use our websites.

Google Analytics will set a number of cookies in our browser to help with this.

_ga – this helps us know if you’ve visited our site before. It expires after 2 years.

_gid – this helps us know if you’ve visited our site before. It expires after 24 hours.

_gat – this us measure the rate of page views. It expires after 10 minutes.

Most web browsers allow some control of most cookies through the browser settings. To find out more about cookies, including how to see what cookies have been set and how to manage and delete them, visit

To opt out of being tracked by Google Analytics across all websites visit

If you continue to access our website without changing these settings, we will consider that you consent to the use of cookies as set out above. Restricting cookies may impact on the functionality of our website.

Other personal information

The Electoral Commission also collects personal data by means of our day-to-day activities and contact with people who access our services. We have to hold the details of the people who have requested a service in order to provide it. However, we only use these details to provide the service the person has requested.

How to contact us

You can post or email your queries about how we collect and handle personal information to:

Joanne Crofton-Diggins
The Electoral Commission
3 Bunhill Row
London EC1Y 8YZ

General information

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