A cookie is a simple text file which stores small pieces of information. When you visit a website, its server saves the cookie onto your computer or other device. Only that website’s server will be able to read or retrieve the contents of that cookie. When you return to the site, the site can access its previously placed cookie to uniquely identify your browser.
Cookies do many different jobs like ensuring the security of our websites, storing your preferences, helping you navigate effectively, and improving your overall experience of a website. Cookies make the interaction between you and the website quicker and easier. For example, a cookie might store information so you don't have to keep entering it.
Essential cookies: These cookies are needed for you to be able to use our websites securely. These are automatically set when you open our website and cannot be turned off.
Marketing cookies: These cookies help us decide which products, service and offers might be of interest to you. These cookies are set to off when you open our site and you can choose to turn these on or off at any time, but disabling them won’t stop you seeing adverts, it just means they may be less relevant to your needs. You can find a full list of the cookies used on our websites below.
We use both first and third party cookies.
First party cookies – these are set by abrdn and the data collected isn’t shared with anyone. These cookies are used to remember information about how you use the website(s).
Third party cookies – these are placed on your device by a Third Party’s website other than the one you’re on. For example, if you use a social media “share” button on a website, the social network (like Facebook) will put a cookie on your device so they know what you’ve browsed / liked while visiting that website. If you want to control how such Third Parties can use your data then you need to set your privacy choices on their site. We work with the following Third Parties in relation to cookies:
- Google – We will use Google cookies for advertising purposes so that we can make our adverts more relevant to you and also so we can understand if our marketing is effective. The Google product suite also allows us to use data to optimise the website experience for users. Google's third party cookies are classed as Marketing cookies. Find out more about how Google handles and uses personal information collected via these cookies here
- LinkedIn – We will use LinkedIn cookies to help target messages that might be relevant to you on LinkedIn. These are classed as Marketing cookies. Find out more about data collected by LinkedIn here
- Full Story – We will use FullStory to help us better understand your experience by securely storing anonymised recordings of your actions within our website. These cookies are classed as Experience & Insight. Find out more about the data collected by Fullstory here.
- Eloqua - Eloqua cookies track a user’s journey through the site in response to an email from us. The cookies are used for optimising our marketing communications by email to allow us to send further messages which are relevant, personalise content and improve your experience with us. Find out more about the data collected by Eloqua and how this used here
- Oracle Infinity - Infinity IQ customer data platform. This cookie tells us how individuals are interacting with our website so we can improve its performance. These cookies give Infinity information used to compile reports about website activity. More info here
Cookies in emails
This depends on whether they are Session cookies or Persistent cookies.
Session cookies help with security, and also remember what you’ve done on previous web pages so you don’t have to re-enter information. These will be deleted once you close your browser after visiting a website.
Unless you have turned on Marketing and / or Experience & Insight cookies, these will be turned off when you first visit our websites. These will remain disabled until you turn them on.
If you have agreed to our using Marketing and / or Experience & Insight cookies, but wish to subsequently turn either or both off, you can do this via the ‘Manage cookies’ section.
When you turn these off and after you refresh or move away from the page, we will disable these cookies and stop using them.
Turning off these cookies here will not delete any that have been downloaded in the past. However you can normally do this by changing settings in your browser. Any changes you make in your browser settings will affect all websites you visit. For, example if you’ve set preferences on a website - such as your location for local news or weather forecasts - it will no longer remember these if you disable cookies.