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We sometimes place small data files on your computer. These are known as cookies. Most websites do this.

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

Our 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.

Find out more about how to manage cookies. Or please read on to find out more about how and where we use cookies.

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

Optional cookies

These cookies can be turned on or off using the Cookies panel. To access the panel, navigate to the bottom of the page and select the Cookies icon.

Measuring website usage (Google Analytics)

We use 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.

Google Analytics stores 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 (e.g. your name or address) so this information cannot be used to identify who you are. We do not allow Google to use or share our analytics data.

The following cookies are set by Google Analytics.

Name Purpose Expires
_ga This randomly generated number is used to determine unique visitors to our site 2 years
_gid This randomly generated number is used to determine unique visitors to our site 24 hours
_gat This randomly generated number is used to reduce the number of requests made 1 minute

You can opt out of Google Analytics cookies by using our cookie consent tool and by additionally visiting this page on Google.

Necessary cookies

These essential cookies do things like remember your progress through a form. They always need to be on.

Remembering if you’ve seen our introductory message

On your first visit to, you may be greeted by a pop-up message that welcomes you and provides information about the site. We’ll store a cookie so that your computer knows you’ve seen it and knows not to show it again (and again...).

Name Purpose Expires
CookieControl Saves a message to let us know that you have seen our cookie message 90 days
seen_cookie_message Saves a message to let us know that you have seen our cookie message 90 days

Cookies from YouTube

On some parts of this site, we use YouTube to display our working culture at GDS. We embed videos using YouTube's privacy enhanced mode, which only sets cookies once you play the video. YouTube will not store personally identifiable cookie information. Read more at YouTube's embedding videos information page.

YouTube sets some or all of these cookies when you visit one of these pages.

Changing your preferences

If you want to change your cookie preference at any point, just click on the logo in the bottom left of the page to access the consent tool and change your preferences.