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Cookies are small text files, which often include a unique identifier that is sent by a web server to your computer, mobile phone or any other internet enabled device (“device”) when you visit a website. Cookies are widely used in order to make websites work efficiently and help provide us with business and marketing information to enable us to make informed decisions on the development of our websites. We may collect information about your computer, including your IP address, operating system and browser type, for system administration and in order to create reports. This is statistical data about our users’ browsing actions and patterns, and does not identify any individual.
The information we collect
Most of the cookies we use record the pages of our site you visit and any interactive elements - such as forms or calculators - that you use.
We don't collect any information that can identify you personally. For certain sales and marketing processes, we may verify sales by recording a policy or sale ID number and time.
At any point, you have the right to request that we do not process your personal information for any marketing purposes.
You can opt-out of the Google Display Advertising Features and customise Google Display Network ads using the Ad Settings. As an added privacy measure, you can also use the Google Analytics opt-out browser add-on. However, please note that if you do this you may not be able to use the full functionality of this Website.
To remove other cookies from your PC, you can use these guides:
We utilise a number of different cookie variations that serve a number of different functions. These tables identify the types of cookies that we use and why we use them.
This Website uses Google® Analytics Premium, a web analytics service provided by Google Ireland Limited (“Google”). Google Analytics Premium uses “cookies”, which are text files placed on your computer, to help the Website interact with how users use the Website. On behalf of the operator of this Website Google will use this information for the purpose of evaluating your use of the Website, compiling reports on Website activity and providing other services relating to Website activity and internet usage to the Website operator. The IP address collected through Google Analytics will not be associated with any other data held by Google.
Google, Inc. is not affiliated with Standard Life Foundation.
In order to improve our users’ experience, we may use Google Analytics features such as Remarketing, DoubleClick Campaign Manager Integration, Google Display Network Impression Reporting and/or Google Analytics Demographics and Interest Reporting (Google Display Advertising Features).
Information collected by our cookies will not personally identify you. It does, however, identify your computer and connection to the Internet. We only collect general information about your computer settings, connection to the Internet (e.g. operating system and platform), IP address, browsing patterns, and interactions within our Website.
With regards to Google Analytics Demographics and Interest Reporting, we may use data from Google's Interest-based advertising and/or third party audience data (e.g. age, gender and interests) with Google Analytics to target and optimise our marketing campaigns, strategies and our Website content.
This Website uses Glassbox, a web analytics service provided by Glassbox Digital. Glassbox uses “cookies” to help the Website understand how users interact with the Website. On behalf of Standard life Aberdeen, Glassbox will use this information for the purpose of evaluating your use of this Website and compiling anonymised reports summarising Website activity, with a view to improve the customer experience. The IP address collected through Glassbox will not be associated with any other data held by Glassbox Digital. No other personal information, which allows the user to be identified, will be collected when visiting this website.
These are the main cookies we use, and why we use them.
These cookies make sure our website delivers information and services securely. Without them, you wouldn't be able to move around our website or use its features. You can’t opt out of using these cookies.
The data captured is purely anonymous, capturing performance and error related data only.
It is not possible for us to turn these cookies off via the Opt-out method described below. If you want to manage these cookies, please refer to your browser’s help section or visit the aboutcookies (opens in a new window) website.
FullStory sets a cookie to better understand how visitors use our site so we know what to improve. We use this cookie to record things like pages visited, links clicked, non-sensitive text entered, and mouse movements, as well as information more commonly collected such as the referring URL, browser, operating system, cookie information, and Internet Service Provider.
The FullStory cookie is anonymous, doesn’t contain sensitive information and isn’t used for third-party tracking purpose. It exists solely to piece together your visits to our site.
Find out more about the data collected by FullStory (opens in a new window).
If you would like to opt-out of FullStory, please select "I do not accept cookies" at the top of this page.
We use Adobe Flash Player to play some videos on the site. We also use it for some of our calculators and tools. Flash cookies (also known as Local Shared Objects) are stored on your computer in the same way as other cookies. Flash cookies are managed slightly differently and can’t be deleted manually from your browser.
To disable or delete Flash cookies, visit the Adobe website (opens in a new window) for instructions. If you disable Flash cookies you won’t be able to access any Flash content, including video and some of the tools on our site.
These help us measure how our websites are used. They tell us which pages are being viewed and how many visitors are interacting with the website.
Silverpop cookies track a users journey through the site from an email.
The Silverpop implementation on this site uses third party cookies to correlate site usage data with broad and personally identifiable customer segments for the purposes of reviewing on-site usage and optimising user experience.
If you would like to opt-out of this tracking by third party cookies, please select "How to disable cookies that have been set" at the top of this page.
Web Tracking cookies
Clickstream link cookies
Web beacons - also known as clear GIFs or page tags - are small transparent images which are embedded within the web page.
Web beacons send information about your visit to us, and to other companies whose services we use. This is combined in reports with information about other visitors.
Web beacons can be used in conjunction with cookies. If you opt-out of cookies, the web beacons will be limited to reporting on anonymous details of the device being used and the web pages visited.
Web beacons aren’t stored on your computer in the same way cookies are, so you can’t control them using your browser settings.
If you click through to a Standard Life page from a sponsored search term or aggregator site, DoubleClick from Google records this.
We use the information to improve our advertising and learn about visitor behaviour - for example, what kind of content is useful and whether sales are made. We don’t collect information which could personally identify you.
Google publishes detailed information about DoubleClick and other online advertising technologies, their privacy practices and how to prevent companies from sending and reading cookies on your computer. Visit the Google privacy website (opens in a new window).
Our third party cookies do not collect any information or details which affect the content you see on this Standard Life website. These cookies can’t personally identify you.
On a typical online advertising banner you can click the industry standard AdChoices 'I' icon. This will give you more information about online adverts and tell you how to change your settings. Visit AdChoices (opens in a new window) for more information.
Many businesses offer their products through partner aggregator or affiliate websites - such as insurance comparison sites.
When a sale is processed on a partner or affiliate basis it needs to be tracked. A cookie is used to accurately verify all sales, attribute them to the correct partner site and improve the sales experience for future visitors.
This cookie collects information on the sale, including time, date, referring site ID, random identifier and sometimes a policy ID and value. This information is only used to verify sales by the affiliate sites and Standard Life; it does not personally identify you.
You can remove these cookies through your browser settings, but this isn’t recommended.
Cookies may be used by our online sharing tool AddThis. This tool appears on a number of webpages from Standard Life. It lets visitors share our information, tools, and other content with social networks and other sites. AddThis uses information in cookies to tell people where you have come from so it can provide profile updates or links to pages of interest. The information collected does not store any details which could personally identify you.
You can change your cookie settings for AddThis from the AdChoices "I" icon within the AddThis tool anywhere online, or visit the AddThis opt-out page (opens in a new window).
To make sure we are meeting expectations and to find out how we can improve experiences, we use an online survey tool called ServiceTick. This uses a cookie to ensure visitors are surveyed appropriately.
As part of our on-going commitment to improving your online experience we offer a ‘Labs’ service for certain products. Customers who are eligible to participate are invited to do so and we need a cookie to log their preference.
Please be aware that this Policy may be updated at any time. As such, please ensure that you regularly read the latest version of this page.
A cookie is information that a web server stores on your hard disk so that it allows a website to store your preferences on your machine and later retrieve it.
An IP address is a 32-binary digit number that identifies each sender or receiver of information that is sent in packets across the Internet.
A session is a series of interactions between two communication end points that occur during the span of a single connection and is related to a particular session number.