Cookies are small text files stored on your computer by your browser. They're used for many things, such as remembering whether you've visited the site before, so that you remain logged in - or to help us work out how many new website visitors we get each month. They contain information about the use of your computer but don't include personal information about you (they don't store your name, for instance).
Why are cookies essential to the Santander Websites?
The cookies that Santander uses
We also use a similar service from IBM called NetInsight. This is also used for producing web analytics to help us understand how users use the site. This uses both Session and Persistent cookies, which are explained in more detail below. None of these cookies use personally identifiable information about you.
To monitor and manage our Website traffic.
To understand how our advertising campaigns and promotions within the Santander website are working to improve our site design, offers and promotions. No information is passed to third parties.
Two types of cookies are used on this website:
Please note that none of the cookies we use on our website, contain personal information, and cannot be used to identify you.
The length of time a cookie will remain on your device will depend on the type of cookie.
Session Cookies. These are temporary cookies, which only exist in the period you access the website (or more strictly, until you close the browser after accessing the website). Session cookies help the Santander website remember what you chose on the previous page, therefore avoiding the need to re-enter information and improve your experience whilst using the site. These cookies do not contain personal information and cannot be used to identify you.
Persistent Cookies. These are cookies, which remain on your device after you have visited our website. e.g. if you use the 'Remember my ID' when logging onto Online Banking. Persistent cookies help us identify you as a unique visitor; they do not contain information that could be used to identify you to another person.
How to control and delete cookies
If you wish to restrict or block the cookies which are set by us, or indeed any other website, you can do this through your browser settings. The Help function within your browser should tell you how.
Alternatively, you may wish to visit www.aboutcookies.org, which contains comprehensive information on how to do this on a wide variety of browsers. You will also find details on how to delete cookies from your computer (including those from this visit) as well as more general information about cookies. For information on how to do this on the browser of your mobile device you will need to refer to your handset manual.
Our own ad serving and management cookies
We sell space on some of our websites to advertisers - they pay for the content you enjoy for free.
As part of this, we use several services to help us and advertisers understand what adverts you might be interested in. These cookies hold information about the computer - they don't hold personal information about you (ie it's not linked to you as an individual). But they might hold a record of what other websites you've looked at - so we could show you a car advert if you've previously visited a motoring website.
These are the services we use and how you can control those cookies. Please note that turning off advertising cookies won't mean that you are not served any advertising merely that it will not be tailored to your interests.