How the IB uses cookies

To improve your future visits to our site, we use cookies to find out a little more (in a completely secure and private way) about your movement on the site, and what kind of information you require from the IB.

What is a cookie?

Cookies are small text files that are placed on your computer or mobile device by our website’s server. They help us to provide you with an improved experience when you browse our website and also allow us to improve our site by knowing which areas are most important to our visitors. The IB prioritises your privacy and security at all stages throughout your visit to our site.

We use several different types of cookies to improve your visit. By continuing to browse this website, you’re agreeing to the use of the cookies below that will make your visit more beneficial. 

 

Session Cookies: These cookies are used every time that you visit the site and they expire once you leave the site. These cookies are not stored on your computer and they don’t contain any personal data. You can delete these cookies through your web browser, however we recommend that you don’t as the functions of your visit will be significantly restricted and it will impact your ability to use the site effectively.  

 

Analytical / performance Cookies: These allow us to recognise and count the number of visitors, and to see how visitors navigate our site. This helps us to improve the way our website works so we can ensure that users are finding what they’re looking for more easily.

 

Functionality Cookies: These are used to recognize you when you return to our website. They enable us to personalise the content for you and remember your preferences (for example, your choice of language or region).

 

Targeting Cookies: These cookies record your visit to our website, the pages you have visited and the links that you have followed. We will use this information to make our website and any advertising arising out of it more relevant to your interests. We may also share this information with third parties for this purpose.

 

Flash Cookies: Flash cookies make it quicker and easier for you to access sites on subsequent visits that use Adobe Flash. Deleting them means you may have to re-enter information each time you visit the same site.  Like all cookies, you are able to delete them by going to the Settings Manager for your Adobe Flash Player and deleting the cookies relating to the website. 

 

Third-party cookies: these are installed by third parties with the aim of collecting certain information to carry out various research into behaviour, demographics etc.

 

Google Analytics

Google Analytics is Google’s analytics tool that helps websites understand how their visitors engage with their content. It may use a set of cookies to collect information and report website usage statistics without personally identifying individual visitors to Google.

Further information on how Google Analytics uses cookies is available here.

You can choose to opt out of Google analytics here

 

Hotjar Cookies

We also use Hotjar cookies to track and analyse behaviour across our website. Hotjar collects information in a way that doesn’t personally identify any user; it merely tracks movement on the site so we can get a better idea of what you’re looking for and how we can improve future visits. Further information on how Hotjar uses cookies is available here.

You can choose to opt out of the Hotjar service here.

 

Cookie settings

If you’d like to block cookies entirely, you may do so by activating the relevant settings in your selected browser.

 

If you’d like a little more detail, the following table shows the cookies we use on this site, as well as our reasons for using them. 

Cookie name

Description

Expiry

 

Application Server

 

CFID

This is a session cookie. It does not store any user information; it is used to maintain a unique link between the browser and the site.

At the end of the session

CFTOKEN

This is a session cookie. It does not store any user information; it is used to maintain a unique link between the browser and the site.

At the end of the session

 

addthis.com

 

psc

The psc cookie is used by addthis.com. View counter cookie.

2 years

__atuvc

The __atuvc cookie is created by the addthis.com  feature. It is used in order to make sure the user sees the updated count if they share a page and return to it before our share count cache is updated. No data from that cookie is sent back to AddThis and removing it when disabling cookies would cause unexpected behaviour for users.

2 years

Uid

The uid cookie is created by the addthis.com feature. It is the user's user id.

2 years

Uit

The uit cookie is created by the addthis.com feature. It is the user's time of log in.

2 years

Uvc

The uvc cookie is used by addthis.com.

2 years

user_segment

The uvc cookie is used by addthis.com.

1 month

 

Facebook

 

c_user

This Cookie is used by facebook

1 month

Act

This Cookie is used by facebook

At the end of the session

Lu

This Cookie is used by facebook

2 years

Datr

This Cookie is used by facebook

2 years

p

This Cookie is used by facebook

At the end of the session

presence

This Cookie is used by facebook

At the end of the session