Cookies statement

Find out about the individual cookies we use on the Bank of England website, and why we use them.

What are cookies?

Cookies are small text files that are placed on your computer or other device by websites that you visit. They are widely used in order to make websites work, or work more efficiently, as well as to provide information to the owners of the site.

Information we collect about users on our website

The Bank of England ('we' or the 'Bank') collects personal data about visitors to its main website and recruitment site (except to the extent the recruitment site includes supplementary information).

When someone visits our websites we use a third party service, Google Analytics, to collect standard internet log information (such as browsing sessions and type of browser or device used) and details of visitor behaviour patterns. We do this to allow us to keep track of the number of visitors to the various parts of the sites and understand how our website is used. We do not make any attempt to find out the identities or nature of those visiting our websites. You can find out more about how we use cookies, including Google Analytics, in the tables below.

In any instance where we collect personal data through our websites, we will make this clear and will set out how we will use this. We will only use your personal data in a way that is compatible with the uses outlined to you, except where it’s necessary for us to do otherwise - for example, where we have a legal obligation to disclose your personal data. We won’t share your information with any other organisations for marketing, market research or commercial purposes and we don’t pass on your details to other websites.

Essential cookies

These are necessary cookies to enable core functionality on our website such as security, network management, and accessibility. You may disable these cookies by changing your browser settings, but this may affect how the website functions.

Cookie Name Expiry Purpose
Cookie preference boeconsent

If you have accepted recommended cookies, they will expire after 90 days

If you have accepted necessary cookies, they will expire after 1 day

A pop-up welcome message will be displayed when you first visit our websites. We’ll store a cookie so that your computer knows that you’ve accepted the recommended or necessary cookies and knows on subsequent visits not to show it again.

Content delivery AKA_A2
Ak_bmsc
TS01b80d1f
At the end of your session

We use Akamai content delivery to ensure that our site can handle multiple visitors.

Database sessions ASPSESSIONID* At the end of your session

These cookies identify your browsing session on the Bank of England database. We do not seek to identify the identity or nature of individual users.

Tableau tableau_locale
tableau_public_negotiated_locale
JSESSIONID
At the end of your session

We embed Tableau charts and interactivity on some of our pages. You have the option to accept the cookies before viewing the Tableau content.

Sessions

__RequestVerificationToken
ASP.NET_SessionId
ApplicationGatewayAffinity
ApplicationGatewayAffinityCORS
shell#lang
ai_session
ai_user

At the end of your session

These cookies identify your browsing session. We do not seek to identify the identity or nature of individual users.

Non-essential cookies

These are optional but recommended cookies. We only use these cookies to provide us with anonymous data. We rely upon your consent to allow us to do this. Analytical/ performance cookies allow us to recognise and count the number of visitors and to see how visitors move around our website when they are using it. This helps us to improve the way our website works, for example, by ensuring that users are finding what they are looking for easily.

Cookie Name Expiry Purpose
Crazy Egg

_cfduid
cebs
cebsp
_ce.s
_ce.clock_data
_ce.clock_event
_CEFT
_ce.irv

_cfduid and _ce.s expire after 1 year

cebs ,cebsp and _ce.irv are session cookies that expire at the end of your session

ce.clock_data; ce.clock_event and _CEFT expire after 1 day 

We use Crazy Egg to collect information about how visitors use our website. Crazy Egg uses CloudFlare to identify individual clients behind a shared IP address, and apply security settings on a per-client basis. Find out more about the types of cookies used by Crazy Egg.

_cfduid and _ce.s are HTTP type cookies.

_ce.s is used to track a recording visitor session unique ID, tracking host and start time.

cebs is used to track the current user session internally.

cebsp is used to determine if a survey should be shown.

ce.clock_data is used to store the difference in time from the server's time and the current browser.

ce.clock_event is used to prevent repeated requests to the clock AP.

_CEFT is used to store page variants assigned to visitors for A/B performance testing.

_ce.irv is used to store 'isReturning' value during the session.

Cludo _cfduid 1 year

We use Cludo for the search functionality on our website. Cludo uses CloudFlare to identify individual clients behind a shared IP address, and apply security settings on a per-client basis.

Google reCAPTCHA
_GRECAPTCHA
6 months

This cookie is set by Google and provides spam protection on our survey forms.

Google Tag Manager (Analytics)

_ga
_gid
_gat
_ga_WJQM5Y97BL
__utmzz
__utmzzses

_ga expires in 2 years

_gid expires in 1 day

_gat expires in 1 hour

_ga_WJQM5Y97BL expires in 400 days

__utmzz expires in 6 months

__utmzzses at the end of your session

These cookies are used to collect information about how visitors use our website. We use the information to compile reports and to help us improve the website. The cookies collect information in an anonymous form, including the number of visitors to the website, where visitors have come to the website from and the pages they visited.

Read Google's overview of privacy and safeguarding data.

Mailchimp _AVESTA_ENVIRONMENT
_abck
_ak_bmsc
_bm_sz
At the end of your session

We use Mailchimp to send our email newsletters. These cookies are used for our embedded sign up form.

Monsido

monsido
session

monsido expires after 1 month

session expires after 30 minutes

We use Monsido to understand how users are interacting with our website. These cookies collect information about users anonymously.

Find out more about the types of cookies used by Monsido.

ons.gov.uk __cf_bm After 30 minutes of continuous inactivity

This is a functional cookie set by the ONS website on their Household inflation calculator which we have embedded on our cost of living page.

Sitecore Content Management System SC_ANALYTICS_GLOBAL_COOKIE 244 days

We use Sitecore web analytics on our forms to identify repeat visits by unique users.

Snazzy maps ARRAffinitySameSite
At the end of your session
We embed styled Google maps on some of our pages.
Vimeo

vuid
__cf_bm
_abexps
__pdst

vuid expires after 400 days

__cf_bm expires after 1 day

_abexps expires after 11 months

__pdst expires after 9 months

We embed videos from our official Vimeo channel. When you press play Vimeo will drop third party cookies to enable the the video to play and to collect analytics data such as how long a viewer has watched the video. These cookies do not track individuals.

YouTube (Google)

PREF
VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE
AEC
NID
CONSENT
SOCS
ENID
YSC

PREF expires after 8 months

VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE; AEC and NID expire after 6 months

CONSENT expires after 2 years

SOCS and ENID expire after 13 months

YSC expires at the end of your browsing session

We embed videos from our official YouTube channel using YouTube’s privacy-enhanced mode. This mode may set cookies on your computer once you click on the YouTube video player, but YouTube will not store personally identifiable cookie information for playbacks of embedded videos.

Read more at YouTube’s embedding videos information page.

Find out more about the types of cookies used by Google.

Third parties may transfer your data outside the EEA as described in their privacy statements.

Managing or removing cookies

You can remove cookies by deleting them from your browser history (cache) when you leave the site.  You can find more information about cookies, including how to control the use of these through your browser settings, at allaboutcookies.org or aboutcookies.org.

You can also opt out of being tracked by Google Analytics across all websites.

Find out how to manage cookies on popular browsers:

Please note that the Bank of England website will not work properly without cookies.

Your rights

You have various rights under data protection laws. See our main privacy page.

Changes to this statement

We keep our cookies information under regular review. This statement was last reviewed in February 2024.

This page was last updated 16 February 2024