If you have any queries about the way we use your personal information or cookies, please contact the editor, Margie Lindsay.
If you wish to manage your cookies, please follow the instructions in the “How to manage cookies” section below.
What are cookies?
Cookies are small text files which a website may place on your computer or device when you visit a site. The cookie will help the website, or another website, to recognise your device the next time you visit. Web beacons, pixels or other similar files can also do the same thing. We use the term “cookies” in this policy to refer to all files that collect information in this way.
Cookies serve many functions. For example, they can help us to remember your username and preferences, analyse how well our Sites are performing, or allow us to recommend content we believe will be most relevant to you.
Purpose of cookies
We group our cookies into the below categories.
Operating the site
Some cookies are essential for the operation of our Sites. This includes cookies for the following purposes:
- Access – we use these cookies to identify subscribers.
- Performance – we use these cookies to monitor site performance. This allows us to provide a high quality experience by quickly identifying and fixing any issues that arise. For example, we might use performance cookies to track error messages, and to determine improvements to our Sites.
- Functionality – we use functionality cookies to allow us to remember your preferences. For example, we use functionality cookies to provide you with enhanced services, such as allowing you to watch a video online or comment on a blog.
Third party cookies on the sites
We also use third party cookies on the site that fall into the categories above (“third party cookies”) for the following reasons:
- to help us monitor traffic on the site (like many companies, we use Google Analytics to do this);
- to identify fraudulent or non-human traffic;
- to assist with market research;
- to improve Site functionality;
- to monitor compliance with our terms and conditions and copyright policy.
These third party cookies are used within programmatic for measurement and attribution, and management of frequency.
Use of pixels in emails
Our emails often contain a single, campaign-unique “web beacon pixel” to tell us whether, and how many times, our emails are opened and verify any clicks through to links or advertisements within the email. We use this information for purposes including:
- Determining which of our emails are more interesting to users;
- Determining users’ activity and engagement with our products and services;
- Informing our media partners (in aggregate) how many users have clicked on their conference/seminar notice.
The pixel will be deleted when you delete the email. If you do not wish the pixel to be downloaded to your device, you should select to receive emails from us in plain text rather than HTML via your email provider settings.
How to manage cookies
If you wish to manage your cookies, then please follow the instructions below. Please remember that if you choose to disable cookies, certain sections of our Sites may not work properly.
On some of our Sites, we work with a data management platform called Krux as well as the Google ad platform. You can opt out of behaviourally targeted advertising cookies on FT.com and howtospendit.ft.com sites by going to:
We also allow third parties to target you based on data you have provided to them, to the extent that you have consented to this. For more information, please visit:
To opt out, please visit:
www.youronlinechoices.eu for EU
www.aboutads.info/choices for US
By opting out of these types of cookies on each browser and device you use, you will stop receiving advertisements that are targeted specifically to you on our Sites; however you will still see the same number of advertisements, which may include “contextual” advertisements that are not targeted based on your personal information.
You can also manage your cookies via your browser settings. For more information, please visit your browser’s help page.
This policy is effective from May 25, 2018.