When we provide services, we want to make them easy, useful and reliable. Where services are delivered on the internet, this sometimes involves placing small amounts of information on your device, for example, your computer or mobile phone.
These small amounts of information are known as cookies.
What are cookies?
Cookies are pieces of data created when you visit a site, and contain a unique, anonymous number. They are stored in the cookie directory of your device. Some expire at the end of your website session; others remain on your device for slightly longer.
Cookies do not contain any personal information about you and cannot be used to identify you personally. You may safely turn off cookies on our web site without affecting how our web pages are displayed or function.
How are cookies used?
Cookies are used to improve our website and your experience when using it through, for example:
- recognising that you may already have entered a username and password so you don't need to enter it every time you need to logon;
- measuring how many people are using our web pages, so they can be made easier to use and there's enough capacity to ensure they are fast;
- analysing data to help us understand how people interact with our web pages so we can make them better.
We don’t sell the information collected by cookies, nor do we disclose the information to third parties, except where required by law.
Types of cookies
Linked to third party cookies Linked to third party cookies are cookies placed by a third party website that the City of London’s website provides a link to.
What cookies does the City of London website put on my device?
Google analytics Our website uses Google analytics to measure how many people are using our web pages and to help us understand how people interact with our web pages so we can make them better. Google uses a cookie to enable us to gather this information.
The ShareThis toolbar on all pages enables easy sharing of pages to websites such as Facebook and Twitter.
A cookie is used to collect anonymous information on visitors using this tool. If you would prefer to opt out of being tracked by ShareThis across all websites, then please visit the ShareThis website
Links to third party cookies
Our website contains links to various external websites that may place a cookie on your device.
How to manage your cookies
Web browser cookies
If you wish to restrict or block the cookies which are set by our website, or indeed any other website, you can do this through your browser settings. The 'Help' function within your browser should tell you how.
Alternatively, you may wish to visit www.aboutcookies.org which contains comprehensive information on how to block cookies on a wide variety of browsers.
You will also find details on how to delete cookies from your device as well as more general information about cookies.