Charles Stanley Investment Choices Cookie Policy - 2017


The Charles Stanley Investment Choices website uses cookies to provide users with an enhanced experience when browsing and also to allow us to improve our website.

A cookie is a small file of letters and numbers that we store on the hard drive of your computer if you agree.

None of the cookies used on Charles Stanley Investment Choices collects personally identifiable information about you.

Which cookies are used on the Charles Stanley Investment Choices website?

We use the types of cookies explained below on Charles Stanley Investment Choices, following the International Chamber of Commerce descriptions for them. By agreeing to accept cookies and proceed to using the Charles Stanley Investment Choices website, you agree that we can place the following types of cookies on your device:

  • Strictly necessary cookies. These are cookies that are required to enable users to navigate around the site and (where appropriate) to enable us to tailor the content to fit the needs of the visitors. Without these cookies we cannot ensure that the correct web pages load or that the site performs as well as we intend it to.
  • Analytical/performance cookies. These cookies provide generic statistics on the use of our website by allowing us to recognise and count the number of visitors and to see how they move around the site. This helps us to improve the way our site works, for example, by ensuring that users find what they are looking for easily. We use Google Analytics for this purpose.
  • Functionality cookies. These are used to recognise you when you return to our website so that, for example, the homepage defaults to correct version depending on your preferences (for example, your choice of screen view).
  • Administrative cookies. These cookies are part of our content management system and are used for log-in and search functions (for example, they may remember your username next time you log-in).
  • Targeting cookies. This type of cookie records your visit to the Charles Stanley Investment Choices website, the pages you have visited and the links you have followed or come into the site on. Depending on the pages that you have visited, the cookie may trigger advertising for Charles Stanley Investment Choices on third-party websites either related or unrelated to the business of Charles Stanley Investment Choices. For example, a Charles Stanley Investment Choices advert may be displayed on a media, news, sports or general interest website that you may visit. The targeting cookies may also be used for re-targeting or offer based promotional uses by Charles Stanley Investment Choices from time to time.

Please see the table below for a comprehensive list of cookies used on the Charles Stanley Investment Choices website.

How long will the cookies remain?

The length of time for which any cookie remains on your device will depend on its type:

  • Session Cookies. These are temporary cookies, which only exist in the period you access the site and assist us in remembering your choice from a previous page, therefore avoiding having to re-enter information
  • Persistent Cookies. These are cookies which remain on your device for up to a year after you have visited the site. These cookies help us to identify if you are a first time or frequent visitor.

Charles Stanley Investment Choices uses a mixture of both session and persistent cookies, as described in the tables below.

how do i disable or refuse cookies?

Most browsers are set to accept cookies, but you can alter this should you prefer. Your navigation of some of our site may be less efficient if your browser is set to disable cookies. Nevertheless, if you wish to restrict or block the cookies which are set by us, or indeed any other website, the 'Help' function within your browser should assist. For information on how to control cookies on the browser of your mobile device, you will need to refer to your handset manual. Alternatively, you may wish to visit, which contains comprehensive information on cookies.

Cookie name Supplier Persistence Description Can be disabled
_ga Google 2 yrs A Google Analytics cookie that provides feedback on how visitors move through the website. All the data it collects is anonymous. It expires after 2 Years (or when you clear your cookies). yes
_gid Google 24 hrs A Google Analytics cookie that is used to run analytics functionality yes
_gat Google Session A Google Analytics cookie that is used to run analytics functionality. It expires when you close your browser. yes
NID Google 6 months Google cookies that collect information on user preferences to help customise advertisements on other Google properties, such as Google search. The NID cookie expires after 6 months and the PREF cookie expires after 2 years (or when you clear your cookies). yes
__utma Google 2 yrs Stores the amount of visits (for each visitor), the time of the first visit, the previous visit, and the current visit yes
__utmb Google 30 minutes Used to check approximately how fast people leave: when a visit starts, and approximately ends (c expires quickly). yes
__utmc Google end of session Used to check approximately how fast people leave: when a visit starts, and approximately ends (c expires quickly) yes
__utmz Google 6 months Records whether the visitor came from a search engine (and if so, the search keyword used), a link, or from no previous page (e.g. a bookmark). yes
SSESS-hash Drupal 24 Days Functional yes