Global Entry puts small files (known as ‘cookies’) onto your computer to collect information about how you browse the site.

Our cookies are used to:

  • measure how you use the website, and the rest of GOV.UK, so it can be updated and improved based on your needs
  • remember your cookie preferences
  • temporarily remember information you enter when making an application

Our cookies aren’t used to identify you personally.

How cookies are used

Measure how you use the website (Google Analytics)

Google Analytics software collects information about how you use the site. This is done to help make sure the site is meeting the needs of its users and to help make improvements.

Google Analytics stores information about:

  • the pages you visit - how long you spend on each page
  • how you got to the site
  • what you click on while you’re visiting the site
  • any error messages you see when entering information
  • other GOV.UK sites you visit before and after using our service

We don’t collect or store your personal information (for example, your name or address) so this information can’t be used to identify who you are.

Google isn’t allowed to use or share our analytics data.

The following Google Analytics cookies (opens in new tab) are used:

Name Purpose Expires
_ga Used to distinguish users 2 years
_gid Used to distinguish users 24 hours
_gat Used to throttle request rate 1 minute
_gat_govuk_shared Used to throttle request rate 1 minute
Allow or refuse cookies that measure my website use

Remember your cookie preferences

When you first visit Global Entry, we enable only essential cookies, and disable non-essential cookies. We remember this in a cookie.

When you choose to allow or refuse non-essential cookies, we remember that you've made this choice in another cookie, so that we no longer ask you to allow or refuse non-essential cookies.

Name Purpose Expires
cookie-preferences Remembers your cookie preferences, or the default cookie preferences 1 year
cookie-preferences-set Remembers that you set your cookie preferences 1 year
cookie-return-after-setting Remembers the page you were on before visiting the cookies page, so that we can link back there after you set your cookie preferences 1 hour

These cookies are essential, and cannot be disabled.

Temporarily remember information you enter (session cookie)

We use a session cookie to temporarily remember the information you enter when making an application, until you submit it.

Name Purpose Expires
global-entry-session Temporarily remembers information you enter, to enable you to make an application When you submit your application, or when you close your browser

This cookie is essential, and cannot be disabled.