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We use cookies on our websites to help provide you with the best experience we can.

If you’d like to remove or disable cookies, you can learn how to do this below. However, this may result in our website not working quite as you’d expect.

Please be aware, if you choose to disable cookies via your browser settings you will not be able to log in to your Online Account.

What are cookies?

Cookies are small text files that are placed on your computer or mobile phone when you browse websites. You’ll find that almost all websites use cookies. They help us to distinguish you from other users and to customise our web pages by remembering your preferences (like font sizing).

When you return to our websites, the information in the cookie can be used to recognise your last session.

Why do we use cookies?

We use cookies to make our websites work as you’d expect, and to:

  • continuously improve our websites for you
  • improve speed and security, and remember your search settings during and between visits
  • allow you to share pages with social networks like Facebook, and enable you to add comments to our site
  • to make our marketing more efficient so that you should only see any advertising or promotions we do that are relevant to you, for example via Google or Facebook.

We don’t use cookies to:

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

Which cookies do we use?

The People’s Pension

Cookie type Name Why we use it Where we use it
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 2 years.
First party cookie _gat Google Analytics To limit requests to analytics. Expires after 1 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 users see the same version of the page when different versions are being tested. Expires after 1 year.
First party cookie cb-enabled The People’s Pension website To control the display of the cookie notice. Expires after 1 year.
First party cookie Cusid Click Dimensions To uniquely identify visitors by a non-personal random number (instead of using personal information). Expires after 30 minutes.
First party cookie Cuvid Click Dimensions To identify the first visit from a web browser. Expires after 2 years.
First party cookie Cuvon Google Tag Manager To identify last page view. Expires after 30 minutes.
Cookie type Name Why we use it Where we use it
Third party cookie IDE doubleclick.net To measure the visitors actions after clicking through from an advert. Expires after 1 year.
Third party cookie fr Facebook To track advertising opt outs on Facebook. Expires after 4 months.
Third party cookie _cfduid CloudFlare- To support content delivery network optimisation. Expires after 1 year.

B&CE

Cookie type Name Why we use it Where we use it
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 2 years.
First party cookie _gat Google Analytics To limit requests to analytics. Expires after 1 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 users see the same version of the page when different versions are being tested. Expires after 1 year.
First party cookie cb-enabled B&CE website To control the display of the cookie notice. Expires after 1 year.
First party cookie Cusid Click Dimensions To uniquely identify visitors by a non-personal random number (instead of using personal information). Expires after 30 minutes.
First party cookie Cuvid Click Dimensions To identify the first visit from a web browser. Expires after 2 years.
Cookie type Name Why we use it Where we use it
Third party cookie IDE doubleclick.net To measure the visitor’s actions after clicking through from an advert. Expires after 1 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 2 years.
Third party cookie Cuvon ClickDimensions To identify the last page view. Expires after 30 minutes.
Third party cookie __cfduid Browser-update.org To support content delivery network optimisation. Expires after 1 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 for getting size of third party shares.

Online Services

Cookie type Name Why we use it Where we use it
Authentication cookie .ASPXFORMSAUTH The People’s Pension – Employer Online Services and B&CE – My Products To enable the user to login to the site, and for us to authenticate the user. 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 to store user session data. Expires after 30 minutes. The site may function incorrectly without this cookie.
First party cookie .ASPXAUTH The People’s Pension – Employer Online Services and B&CE – My Products For security checks post 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 post 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.
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 users. Expires after 2 years.
First party cookie _gat Google Analytics To limit requests to analytics. Expires after 1 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:

First party cookies are set by us, 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 website. We use third party cookies to serve and personalise advertisements for our products and services, and ensure opt-outs made via the third party are implemented.

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 and will be dependent 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 have been here before.

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

What to do if you don’t want cookies on your computer

Some web browsers let you delete cookies completely. If your browser allows it, you’ll be able to change your settings to delete cookies when the browser is closed.

Just remember that if you choose to refuse cookies, you may not be able to take full advantage of our website.

If your concerns around cookies relate to “spyware” – rather than switching off cookies in your browser, you may find that anti-spyware software achieves the same objective by automatically deleting cookies considered to be invasive.

Or, you can change the settings on your browser to give you a warning before cookies are used (along with the option to use them or not) by following the instructions provided by your browser provider. These are normally located within the ‘Help’, ‘Tools’ or ‘Edit’ menus.

To opt-out of online interest-based advertisements on the web 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 »