Privacy and cookies

When you create a petition we ask for your name, email address and postcode.

We’ll publish your name along with the petition, but not your email address or postcode. We use these details to make sure you haven’t signed the petition already, and that you’re a real person (not a robot).

We’ll treat your personal information according to the Cabinet Office personal information charter.

We’ll share your details with other government or parliamentary bodies so they can respond to your petition. We may also share your details with government or parliamentary bodies so they can invite you to take part in discussions about the issues raised in your petition.

We won't:

We keep web-server logs to help prevent attacks on this website.

Cookies

This website 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 petitions service 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

These cookies aren’t used to identify you personally.

Find out more about how to manage cookies.

Google Analytics cookies

We use Google Analytics to collect information about how you use the service. This information helps us to improve the service.

The Google analytics cookie collects and stores information about:

  • unique users
  • informing referring sites
  • vistor and session counts
Name Purpose Expires
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Google isn’t allowed to use or share our analytics data with anyone, but you can opt out of Google Analytics cookies.

Session cookies

We store a session cookie on your computer to help keep your information secure while you use the service.

Name Purpose Expires
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