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Cookie policy

We (B&CE Holdings Ltd) use cookies on our websites to help give you the best experience we can.

If you’d like to remove or refuse cookies, you can learn how to below – see ‘What to do about unwanted cookies or adverts’. However, this may mean our website won’t work in the way you’d expect.

Warning: if you use your web browser settings to refuse all cookies, you won’t be able to log in to your Online Account with us.

What are cookies?

Cookies are small text files that are placed on your device (such as a computer or mobile phone) when you browse websites. Almost all websites use them. They help us to distinguish you from other visitors. They also help us to customise our web pages by remembering your preferences, such as font size.

When you return to our websites, we use the information in the cookie to recognise your last session. This improves the quality of your experience on our websites.

Why do we use cookies?

We use cookies to make our websites work as you’d expect. They also help us to:

  • continually improve our websites
  • improve speed and security of our websites
  • remember your search settings during and between visits
  • let you share pages with social networks like Facebook and add comments to our site
  • make our marketing more efficient so you should only see advertising or promotions that are relevant to you, eg via Google or Facebook.

We don’t use cookies to:

  • collect any personally identifiable or sensitive information
  • send personally identifiable data to third parties.

What type of cookies do we use?

The People’s Pension

Cookie type Name Where we use it Why we use it and how long it lasts
First-party cookie _dc_gtm_xxxxxx Google Tag Manager To identify visitors by age, gender or interests in Google Tag Manager. Expires after each visit.
First-party cookie _ga – Google Analytics To identify unique users. Expires after two years.
First-party cookie _gat Google Analytics To limit requests to Google Analytics. Expires after one minute.
First-party cookie _gid Google Analytics To distinguish different users by a non-personal random number, instead of using personal information. Expires after 24 hours.
First-party cookie _vwo_uuid_v2 Visual Web Optimiser To ensure visitors see the same version of the page when we’re testing different versions. Expires after one year.
First-party cookie cb-enabled The People’s Pension website To control the display of the cookie notice. Expires after one year.
First-party cookie cusid ClickDimensions To uniquely identify visitors by a non-personal random number, instead of using personal information. Expires after 30 minutes.
First-party cookie cuvid ClickDimensions To identify the first visit from a web browser. Expires after two years.
First-party cookie cuvon Google Tag Manager To identify the most recent page view. Expires after 30 minutes.
Third-party cookie IDE doubleclick.net To measure visitors’ actions after they click through from an advert. Expires after one year.
Third-party cookie fr Facebook To track advertising opt-outs on Facebook. Expires after four months.
Third-party cookie _cfduid CloudFlare To optimise the loading of web pages, videos and other content by recording the identity of the closest content server to the visitor. Expires after one year.

B&CE

Cookie type Name Where we use it Why we use it and how long it lasts
First-party cookie _dc_gtm_xxxxxx Google Tag Manager To identify visitors by age, gender or interests in Google Tag Manager. Expires after each visit.
First-party cookie _ga – Google Analytics To identify unique users. Expires after two years.
First-party cookie _gat Google Analytics To limit requests from the web page to Google Analytics. Expires after one minute.
First-party cookie _gid Google Analytics To distinguish different visitors by a non-personal random number, instead of using personal information. Expires after 24 hours.
First-party cookie _vwo_uuid_v2 Visual Web Optimiser To ensure visitors see the same version of the page when we’re testing different versions. Expires after one year.
First-party cookie cb-enabled B&CE website To control the display of the cookie notice. Expires after one year.
First-party cookie cusid ClickDimensions To uniquely identify visitors by a non-personal random number, instead of using personal information. Expires after 30 minutes.
First-party cookie cuvid ClickDimensions To identify the first visit from a web browser. Expires after two years.
Third-party cookie IDE doubleclick.net To measure the visitors’ actions after they click through from an advert. Expires after one year.
Third-party cookie cusid ClickDimension To uniquely identify visitors by a non-personal random number, instead of using personal information. Expires after 30 minutes.
Third-party cookie cuvid ClickDemensions To identify the first visit from a web browser. Expires after two years.
Third-party cookie cuvon ClickDimensions To identify the most recent page view. Expires after 30 minutes.
Third-party cookie __cfduid Browser-update.org To optimise the use of the content delivery network and provide faster web page load speeds. Expires after one year.
Third-party cookie _stid – ShareThis sharethis.com For tracking social media shares.
Third-party cookie UID and UIDR scorecardresearch.com For Scorecard Research. Used to get the size of third-party shares.

Employer Online Services

Cookie type Name Where we use it Why we use it and how long it lasts
Authentication cookie .ASPXFORMSAUTH The People’s Pension – Employer Online Services and B&CE – My Products To enable visitors to log in to the site, and for us to check who they are. This cookie is essential for our site. Expires after 30 minutes.
Authentication cookie ASP.NET_SessionId The People’s Pension – Employer Online Services and B&CE – My Products To enable us store data from each visitor session. Expires after 30 minutes. The site may function incorrectly without it.
First-party cookie .ASPXAUTH The People’s Pension – Employer Online Services and B&CE – My Products For security checks after login. Expires on window closing.
First-party cookie ASP.Net_SessionId The People’s Pension – Employer Online Services and B&CE – My Products For security checks after login. Expires on window closing.
First-party cookie __RequestVerificationToken The People’s Pension – Employer Online Services and B&CE – My Products For checking the security token. Expires on window closing.
First-party cookie _utma-z Google Analytics To calculate different visit metrics, eg time spent on our websites, pages visited, devices used.
First-party cookie _dc_gtm Google Tag Manager To identify visitors by age, gender or interests in Google Tag Manager. Expires after use.
First-party cookie _ga Google Analytics To identify unique visitors. Expires after two years.
First-party cookie _gat Google Analytics To limit requests to Google Analytics. Expires after one minute.
First-party cookie _gid Google Analytics To distinguish different users by a non-personal random number, instead of using personal information. Expires after 24 hours.

First-party cookies

We set first-party cookies on behalf of the website you are visiting.

Third-party cookies

Third-party cookies collect and use anonymous information about your visits and interactions with our websites. We use third-party cookies to serve and personalise advertisements for our products and services. They also ensure we implement opt-outs made via the third party.

Social website cookies

So you can easily ‘Like’ or share our content on social networks (such as Facebook and Twitter) we’ve included sharing buttons on our websites. These are set by ShareThis, AddThis and Twitter.

The privacy implications will vary from social network to social network. They depend on the privacy settings you’ve chosen on these networks.

Anonymous visitor statistics cookies

We use cookies to compile visitor statistics – such as how many people have visited our website, how long they spend on the site and what pages they look at.

We use Google Analytics to provide these statistics, which help us to continuously improve our website. They also tell us, on an anonymous basis, how people reached our websites (for example from a search engine) and whether they’ve visited before.

You can opt-out of Google Analytics by using Google’s opt-out tool.

What to do about unwanted cookies

Deleting cookies. Some web browsers allow you to delete cookies. If your browser allows this, you’ll be able to change your settings so that whenever you close your browser, it will delete any cookies that have been put on during that session of browsing.

Refusing cookies. Just remember that if you change your browser settings to refuse all cookies – in other words, websites won’t be able to put them on your device at all – you won’t be able to access your Online Account with us. If you’re worried about ‘spyware’, then rather than refusing all cookies, you may find you can use anti-spyware software to achieve the same goal by automatically deleting cookies it thinks are invasive.

Getting a warning about cookies. You can change your browser settings to warn you before cookies are used (and get the option of using them or not). You can do this by following the instructions in your browser. These are normally in the Help, Tools, or Edit menus.

How to stop unwanted adverts

Opting out of online adverts. To stop getting online interest-based advertisements from Facebook and other participating companies, visit the European Interactive Digital Advertising Alliance. You’ll need to opt out separately with each browser you use.

Where to go for more information about cookies

Visit allaboutcookies.org »
Or check out the Information Commissioner’s Office website »