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We use cookies to collect information about how you use our website, such as the pages you visit. We collect this information in a way that does not identify anyone.

Cookies we use

Analytics cookies

We use Google Analytics to collect information about how visitors use our website. We use that information to help us improve the website for users. Google Analytics cookies store anonymous information about:

  • How you got to the website, for example, using a search engine
  • What pages you visit, and how long you spend on them
  • What you click on the website

Google Analytics collect cookies in a way that does not directly identify anyone. Find out more about how Google safeguard your data

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_gatOne minuteThese are used to throttle request rate

This anonymous data is stored in Google Analytics and Google Tag Manager. It’s accessed by our Campaigns and Corporate Communications team to improve the performance of the website.

You can opt out of being tracked by Google Analytics across all websites

You can disable these cookies on our website at any time by updating your preferences

Performance cookies

We may work with other partners to monitor and improve the performance of our website. These cookies measure things like how you view YouTube videos that are on our website.

You can disable these cookies at any time by updating your preferences

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You may disable these cookies by changing your browser settings, but this may affect how the website functions.

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PEF online

If you visit PEF Online, additional cookies to those set out above will be placed:

NameSet byDurationDescription
ASP.NET_SessionIdWebsiteDeleted when user leaves site or after 20 minutes of inactivityIdentifies user for duration of visit to website
PEFLanguageWebsite1 yearIdentifies whether user prefers English or Welsh language version of site


If you visit the political finance search site, no additional cookies to those set out above are used. This site only uses the Google Analytics cookies.

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 www.allaboutcookies.org

To opt out of being tracked by Google Analytics across all websites visit http://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout

If you continue to access the Commission’s websites without changing these settings, we will consider that you consent to the use of cookies as set out above. Please be aware that restricting cookies may impact on the functionality of our websites.

How to contact us

Queries about how we collect and handle personal information may be submitted to us by mail or email. Please send requests to:

Jo Crofton-Diggins

Data Protection Officer

The Electoral Commission


General information

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However, we accept no responsibility for alteration, manipulation or interpretation of its data once placed on the World Wide Web.

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Last updated: 27 January 2020
Next review: 19 June 2020