2. What are cookies?
Cookies are small text files that are sent to and stored on your computer, smartphone or other device for accessing the internet, whenever you visit a website. Cookies are useful because they allow a website to recognise a user's device. We use the following cookies on this Site:
- ‘analytics’ cookies, to analyse how users use this Site to help us make our website better for those who visit it regularly. They help us work out what users like and don’t like and how we can improve things for you; and
- ‘strictly necessary’ cookies, which are essential to ensure performance of the site. They include, for example, cookies that enable you to log into secure areas of our Site.
More information about cookies can be found on www.allaboutcookies.org.
3. How cookies make our websites safer and easier to use
Cookies are used for a variety of reasons, such as to improve the functionality and performance of this Site and to safeguard your privacy when browsing our Local Sites. They can allow you to use functions such as being able to find and compare mortgages and use secure online application forms. If you leave a secure session window open when logged in to Internet Banking, cookies will enhance your security by prompting you to end (and/or automatically ending) your secure session.
When we include links to third party websites, please bear in mind they will have their own privacy and cookie policies that will govern the use of any information you submit. We recommend you read their policies as HSBC UK Bank plc is not responsible or liable for any third party's privacy practices.
4. How we work with trusted third parties
HSBC UK Bank plc uses third party trusted suppliers including those partners who provide important functionality to our websites.
In relation to Local Sites, third parties may include local suppliers to HSBC Group members, such as website insurance policy providers.
We will not share any personal information gathered through cookies on this Site with third parties but Local Sites may do so in accordance with their own cookie policies.
5. How you can manage your cookies
The browsers of most computers, smartphones and other web-enabled devices are typically set up to accept cookies. If you wish to amend your cookie preferences for this Site, any Local Sites or any other websites, you can do this through your browser settings. Your browser’s ‘help’ function will tell you how to do this.
However, please remember that cookies are often used to enable and improve certain functions on our Site. If you choose to switch certain cookies off, it is likely to affect how our Site works and you may not be able to access all or parts of the Site.
For more information about how to disable cookies, visit www.allaboutcookies.org.
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