Cookies info

Cookies are small text files that are placed on your computer by the 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. The use of cookies is now standard for most websites. If you are uncomfortable with the use of cookies, you can manage and control them through your browser, including removing cookies by deleting them from your ‘browser history’ (cache) when you leave the site.


Managing cookies on your device

We use cookies to personalize content and to provide you with an improved user experience. By using this website or application you consent to the deployment of cookies. You can control and manage cookies using your browser (see below). Please note that removing or blocking cookies can impact your user experience and some functionality may no longer be available.


Using your browser to control cookies

Most browsers allow you to view, manage, delete and block cookies for a website. Be aware that if you delete all cookies then any preferences you have set will be lost, including the ability to opt-out from cookies as this function itself requires placement of an opt out cookie on your device. Guidance on how to control cookies for common browsers is linked below.

Google Chrome

Mozilla Firefox

MacOS Safari

Microsoft Internet Explorer

For information on additional browsers and device types please see http://www.aboutcookies.org/ or http://www.cookiecentral.com/faq/.


Managing Analytics cookies

You can opt-out of having your anonymised browsing history within our websites or applications recorded by analytics cookies. We use the following service providers and you can learn more about their privacy policies and how to opt-out of their analytics cookies by clicking on following links:

Adobe: http://www.adobe.com/privacy/opt-out.html

Google Analytics: http://www.google.com/analytics/learn/privacy.html


Types of cookie

  • Session’ cookies remain in your browser during your browser session only, i.e. until you leave the website.
  • Persistent’ cookies remain in your browser after the session (unless deleted by you).
  • Performance’ cookies collect information about your use of the website, such as webpages visited and any error messages; they do not collect personally identifiable information, and the information collected is aggregated such that it is anonymous. Performance cookies are used to improve how a website works.
  • Functionality’ cookies allow the website to remember any choices you make about the website (such as changes to text size, customised pages) or enable services such as commenting on a blog.


Use of cookies by PwC

The following table explains the way in which we use cookies on this website. By using this website, you agree that we can place these cookies on your computer/device for the stated purposes.


Cookies on this site

Provider

Name

Purpose

Type

Duration

Strictly Necessary Cookies

Load balancer

BIGipServerPOOL-69.20.11.37-Dispatch

This cookie is set by the servers hosting PwC sites to allow a visitor to receive site content from one out of multiple servers as the visitor browses the site. This improves performance and allows the visitor’s session to be maintained.

First party, Persistent

Until end of session

PwC

pwc_closed_topics

This cookies is used by PwC to help personalize the content a user sees based on topics they've identified they're interested in.

First party

Until the end of the browser session

PwC

pwc-cookie-accept

This cookie is used by PwC to understand whether or not a user has selected "I understand" in their cookie banner.

First party

Until the end of the browser session

PwC

pwc_int_usr

This cookie is used by PwC to distinguish internal users from external visitors to the Websites. It is set when a person is accessing the website from within the PwC network (VPN or office).

First party

3 months

Performance cookies

Adobe Analytics

_sdsat_landing_page

Stores the first page you hit when visiting pwc.com

First party, Session

Until end of session

Adobe Analytics

_sdsat_traffic_source

Stores the site you came from before reaching pwc.com

First party, Session

Until end of session

Adobe Analytics

_sdsat_pages_viewed

Stores the quantity (number) of pages that you view during your visit.

First party, Session

Until end of session

Adobe Analytics

_sdsat_lt_pages_viewed

Stores the total number of pages viewed

First party, Persistent

2 years from set/update

Adobe Analytics

_sdsat_session_count

Stores a session counter

First party, Persistent

2 years from set/update

Adobe Analytics

s_vi

This cookie stores the visitor ID provided by our analytics provider whenever you first visit one of the Websites.

Third Party Persistent

2 years from set/update

Adobe Analytics

gpv

This cookie stores the quantity of pages you view when visiting the Websites

First and third party

30 minutes from set/update

Adobe Analytics

s_nr

This cookie stores the date(s) when you visit the Websites, and whether or not you are a new or returning visitor.

First and third party

2 years from set/update

Adobe Analytics

s_ppv

Stores information on the percentage of the page displayed

First and third party

Until end of session

Adobe Analytics

s_fid

This cookie is a "fallback" visitor identifier where the s_vi cookie is for some reason blocked. It contains a randomly generated unique ID

First and third party

5 years from set/update

Adobe Analytics

s_ppvl

Stores information on the percentage of the page displayed to you

First and third party

Until end of session

Adobe Analytics

s_cc

This cookie allows Adobe Analytics to determine whether or not cookies are enabled in your browser.

First and third party

Until end of session

Adobe Analytics

s_sq

This cookie is set and read by the JavaScript code when the ClickMap functionality and the Activity Map functionality are enabled; it contains information about the previous links that you clicked on the Websites.


First party

2 years from set/update

Google Analytics

__utma

This is one of the four main cookies set by the Google Analytics service which enables website owners to track visitor behaviour and measure site performance. It it used to calculate new and returning visitor statistics. The cookie is updated every time data is sent to Google Analytics.

First and third party

2 years

Google Analytics

__utmv

Used to store visitor-level custom variable data. This cookie is created when a developer uses the _setCustomVar method with a visitor level custom variable. This cookie was also used for the deprecated _setVar method. The cookie is updated every time data is sent to Google Analytics.

Third party, persistent

 

Google Analytics

__utmz

Stores the traffic source or campaign that explains how you reached the Websites. The cookie is created when the javascript library executes and is updated every time data is sent to Google Analytics.

Third party, persistent

 

YouTube

VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE

This cookie tracks viewing of Youtube videos on the website.

Third party, persistent

 

Advertising

Facebook

datr, _js_datr, _js_reg_ext_ref, _js_reg_fb_gate

These cookie are used by  Facebook as part of their embedded services on the Websites (likes, sharing etc.). More information about Facebook’s use of cookies can be found in their cookie policy.

Third party

 

LinkedIn

JSESSIONID

General purpose platform session cookie. It is used to maintain an anonymous user session by the server.

Third party

Until end of session

LinkedIn

lidc

This cookie is used for routing from Share buttons and ad tags

Third party

1 day

LinkedIn

bcookie

This cookie is used by LinkedIn for identifying the Browser ID. It is set from LinkedIn share buttons and ad tags.

Third party

1 year

LinkedIn

bscookie

This cookie is used by LinkedIn to recognize a secure Browser ID.

Third party

1 year

LinkedIn

visit

This cookie is used by LinkedIn as part of their embedded services on the Websites. More information can be found in their cookie policy.

Third party

 

Twitter

Auth_token, twll, secure_session, guest_id, remember_checked, remember_checked_on, lang

These cookies are used by Twitter as part of their embedded services on the Websites (likes, sharing etc.). More information about Twitter’s use of cookies can be found in their cookie policy.  

Third party

 

YouTube

SID

This cookie is used by Google in combination with HSID to verify your Google user account, if you have one, and your most recent login time to your Google account.

Third party

 

YouTube

HSID

Used by Google in combination with SID to verify your Google user account, if you have one, and your most recent login time to your Google account.

Third party

 

YouTube

PREF

This cookie is used by Google to set each of its users’ preferred language preferences.

Third party

 

YouTube

NID

Most Google users will have a preferences cookie called ‘NID’ in their browsers. A browser sends this cookie with requests to Google’s sites. The NID cookie contains a unique ID Google uses to remember your preferences and other information, such as your preferred language (e.g. English), how many search results you wish to have shown per page (e.g. 10 or 20), and whether or not you wish to have Google’s SafeSearch filter turned on.

Third party

 

YouTube

LOGIN_INFO, YSC, SAPISID, SSID, APISID

These cookies are used by Youtube as part of their embedded services on the Websites (sharing etc.). More information about Youtube’s use of cookies can be found in their cookie policy.

Third party

 

Commonly used cookies on the Websites

The following cookies may be present on certain of the Websites, including but not limited to PwC.com/us and PwC.com/gx.

Provider

Name

Purpose

Type

Duration

Performance cookies

Google Analytics

_gat

This cookie name is associated with Google Universal Analytics, according to Google documentation it is used to throttle the request rate - limiting the collection of data on high traffic sites. It expires after 10 minutes.

First party, Session

1 minute

Google Analytics

_gid

This cookie stores a unique user session identifier.

First & Third party, Session

24 hours

Google Analytics

_ga

This cookie is typically written to the browser upon the first visit to the Websites. If the cookie has been deleted by the browser operator, and the browser subsequently visits pwc.com, a new _ga cookie is written with a different unique ID. In most cases, this cookie is used to understand whether a visitor is a single time visitor or a repeat visitor to the Websites and it is updated with each page view. Additionally, this cookie is provided with a unique ID that Google Analytics uses to ensure both the validity and accessibility of the cookie as an extra security measure.

First & Third party, Persistent

2 years

Google Analytics

__utmb

This cookie is used to determine new sessions/visits.

First party

30 mins from set/update

Retired cookies

These cookies are no longer in use, but may be present for returning visitors. These cookies can be deleted.

Provider

Name

Purpose

Type

Duration

Webtrends

PWC_WOD

Visitor Identification sessions set by the tag server. Visitor ID based on IP address. The cookie records site id, time of last access, time of start of visit and account ID.

First Party Persistent

10 years

Webtrends

ACOOKIE

Visitor Identification set by Java Script. The cookie records Visitor id, time of last access and time of start of visit.

Third Party Persistent

2 years

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