Cookies are text files containing small amounts of information which are downloaded to your device when you visit a website. Cookies are then sent back to the originating website on each subsequent visit, or to another website that recognizes that cookie. Cookies are useful because they allow a website to recognize a user’s device.
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Cookies do lots of different jobs, like letting you navigate between pages efficiently, remembering your preferences, and generally improve the user experience. They can also help to ensure that adverts you see online are more relevant to you and your interests.
The cookies used on our BSI websites have been categorized based on the categories found in the ICC UK Cookie guide. A list of all the cookies used on our BSI website by category is set out below. Our BSI website runs most efficiently with cookies enabled. The cookies used on our BSI website cannot harm your computer.
Category 1: Strictly Necessary Cookies
These cookies are essential in order to enable you to move around the website and use its features, such as accessing secure areas of the website.
Cookie set to identify the start of web session by the user
commerce server Cookie to manage user profile
checks if the user is authenticated via athens or by Ecommerce site
Category 2: Performance Cookies
These cookies collect information about how our visitors use our website, for instance, which pages visitors go to most often, and if they get error messages from web pages. These cookies do not collect information that identifies a visitor. All information these cookies collect is aggregated and therefore anonymous. It is only used to improve how our BSI website works.
The Category 2 Cookies that we use on our website are:
- _utmb, _utmc, _utma, _utmz
Google Analytics cookies
Used by by AddThis sharebar
used by clicktale to identify users
- op[client id][name of test]gum
ensures that visitors will see the same version of a page which has variants being tested. (optimost)
- op[client id][name of test]liid
This cookie is used to measure user behavior based on the test version of a page. (optimost)
Category 3: Functionality Cookies
These cookies allow our BSI website to remember choices you make (such as your user name, language or the region you are in) and provide enhanced, more personal features. These cookies can also be used to remember changes you have made to the text size, fonts and other parts of the web pages that you can customize. The information these cookies collect may be anonymized and they cannot track your browsing activity on other websites.
The Category 3 Cookies that we use on our website are:
manages User selection of navigation in left nav tree/accordion (maintaining selected tree sub menu item etc)
maintains last search results link
stores poll options
Category 4: Targeting/advertising Cookies
These cookies are used to deliver adverts more relevant to you and your interests. They are also used to limit the number of times you see an advertisement as well as help measure the effectiveness of the advertising campaign. They are usually placed by advertising networks with the website operator’s permission. They remember that you have visited a website and this information is shared with other organizations such as advertisers. Quite often targeting or advertising cookies will be linked to site functionality provided by the other organization.
The Category 4 Cookies that we use on our website are:
redirect cookie lasting 30 days for tracking Affiliate information
- Google Analytics Advertising features
- Google Analytics Demographics and Interest Reporting - We have implemented Google Analytics features based on Display Advertising (Google Analytics Demographics and Interest Reporting). We will use the data provided by Google Analytics Demographics and Interest Reporting to develop the site and content around our users’ interests. You can opt-out of Google Analytics for Display Advertising and customize Google Display Network ads using the Ads Settings. In addition, you can use the Google Analytics Opt-Out Browser Add-on to disable tracking by Google Analytics.
Other types of cookie
These cookies are specialist in nature and are for specific use. BSI does not use any other types of cookie not falling within one of the categories above.
BSI websites are designed to function optimally with cookies enabled. However, if you wish to disable cookies, this can be controlled through your browser settings.
If you do deactivate cookies it may mean some of the website features become disabled. Even with all cookies disabled, a tiny amount of information will continue to be retrieved from your web browser. This information is necessary for the basic functioning of our website.
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