Privacy Policy

This policy applies to the Bank Underground website (  It does not cover external links within this to any other websites.


How we use your information

This policy tells you what to expect when we receive personal data through our website.

When someone visits our website we use a third party service, Google Analytics, to collect standard internet log information (such as IP address and type of browser they’re using) and details of visitor behaviour patterns. We do this to allow us to keep track of the number of visitors to the various parts of the site and understand how our websites are used. This information is only processed in a way which does not identify anyone. We do not make, and do not allow Google to make, any attempt to find out the identities of those visiting our website. You can find out more about how we use cookies, including Google analytics, in the section marked ‘Cookies’ below.

In any instance where we collect personal data through our websites, we will make this clear and will set out how we will use this. We will only use your personal data in a way that is compatible with the uses outlined to you, except where it’s necessary for us to do otherwise – for example, where we have a legal obligation to disclose this. We won’t share your information with any other organisations for marketing, market research or commercial purposes and we don’t pass on your details to other websites.

How can I find out what information you hold about me?

The Data Protection Act 1998 provides individuals with the right to ask any organisation, including the Bank and PRA, for a copy of the personal data processed about them. This is sometimes known as a ‘Subject Access Request’.

To make a request for the personal data we hold about you, please contact:

The Information Access Team (TS-M)
Bank of England
Threadneedle Street
Telephone: 020 3461 4878



What are cookies?

A cookie is a small text file that is placed on your computer, smartphone or other device when you visit a website. Cookies are used for a number of purposes, including to make some parts of a website work or work more efficiently, as well as to provide information to the owners of a site about how it is used.

Some of the cookies our websites use are essential for them to function properly, but we also use some non-essential cookies that help us to improve these. The table below sets out a full list of the cookies used on our websites and what we use these for.

Cookie ​Name Purpose Expiry
​Google Analytics ​Analytics.js ​_ga ​This cookie is used to help us count how many people visit the website by identifying whether you’ve visited us before ​2 years
​_gat ​This cookie is used to manage the rate at which page view requests are made 10 minutes​
​Google Analytics ​ga.js ​ ​ ​ ​_utma ​This cookie is used to count how many unique visitors there are to the website ​2 years
​_utmt ​This cookie is used to record the rate at which page view requests are made ​10 minutes
​_utmb ​This works with _utmc to determine whether a visit has timed out and to track activity during your visit ​30 minutes
​_utmc ​This cookie works with _utmb to calculate when you close your browser ​When you close your browser
​_utmz This tells us how you reached our website ​6 months

You can find more information about cookies, including how to control the use of these through your browser settings, at

You can also opt out of Googles Analytics Cookies by following this link.


We use a third party service,, to publish our blog. This is hosted at, which is run by Automattic Inc. We use a standard WordPress service to collect anonymous information about users’ activity on the site, for example the number of users viewing pages on the site, to monitor and report on the effectiveness of the site and help us improve it. WordPress requires visitors that want to post a comment to enter a name and email address. For more information about how WordPress processes data, please see Automattic’s privacy notice.