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Cookies used on this website

To make full use of the features and services we offer at Gocompare.com, your computer, tablet or mobile phone will need to accept cookies, as we can only provide you with certain features of this website by using them. These features include the personalisation of the customer journey for returning customers as well as the provision of certain personalised or targeted offers via the website and email. Although we only set a few cookies directly, we also make use of some services which set their own cookies. We believe it is important to be clear about any cookies that are being set, and why, so we have provided the tables below to explain this to you.

You will not necessarily see all of the cookies referenced below stored on your machine after visiting our site. Some will depend on how you got here and the features and products that you looked at during your visit.

Although we audit the types of cookies that are used on our site, it is possible that the services we use may make changes to their cookie names and purposes. Some services, particularly social networks such as Facebook and Twitter, change their cookies regularly. Although we always aim to show you up-to-date information, we may not be able to reflect these changes in our policy straight away.

Gocompare.com cookies:

These are cookies set by us, and are often referred to as first-party cookies.

Name

Type

Purpose

ASP.NET_SessionId

Necessary

This cookie is essential for our website to function and for your online experience.

This cookie is deleted when you close your browser.

GCSecure, GoCompare, GCSecTime, GCTele

Necessary

These cookies are vital to site operation and security.

These cookies are deleted when you close your browser.

SupportCookies

Necessary

This lets us know if your browser supports cookies.

This cookie is deleted when you close your browser.

GCRefer

Functional

This is used to track the last referring website that brought you to our site, so we have visibility on what sites drive traffic to ours.

This cookie is deleted when you close your browser.

_ga, _gauid, waid__

Performance

Google Analytics is Google's free web analytics tool that helps website owners understand how their visitors engage with their website. Google Analytics collects information anonymously, and reports website trends without identifying individual visitors. Universal Analytics is a set of technological innovations that improve the way data is collected and processed in Google Analytics. Universal Analytics uses cookies to track visitor interactions. These cookies are used to store information, such as what time the current visit occurred, whether the visitor has been to the site before, and what site referred the visitor to the web page. Google Analytics customers can view a variety of reports about how visitors interact with their website so they can improve their website and how people find it. Different cookies are used for each website, and visitors are not tracked across multiple sites.

formisimo

Performance

Formisimo is a web analytics tool that helps website owners understand how their visitors interact with forms. Formisimo collects aggregated anonymous information and it reports website trends without identifying individual visitors. Formisimo uses a single cookie within a session to determine how visitors progress through a form. The cookie will expire when a user closes their browser window.

Personalisation Cookie (gc.p)

Functional

The gc.p cookie is placed on your machine only once you create a Gocompare.com account (or log in upon your return) and stores such information as is necessary to enable us to personalise your customer journey and receive offers which we believe will be of interest to you. The cookie itself is encrypted so as to protect this information and will be deleted automatically after 365 days (although you can delete it from your machine at any time).

optimizelyEndUserId

Functional

Contains a unique identifier for the customer. No personal information is used.

optimizelyBuckets

Functional

Ensures a consistent user experience from the optimisation tool.

optimizelySegments

Functional

Stores details of user audience. No personal information is used.

optimizelyRedirect

Functional

This is used to ensure redirects occurs seamlessly.

optimizelyPendingLogEvents

Functional

Used to reduce the number of tracking calls.

ASP.NET_SessionID

Necessary

Stores a session ID for the purpose of building an energy quote.

CaptureKey

Functional

Used to track a user across various products to understand user behavior.

 

Gocompare.com web beacons:

Web beacons are similar technologies to cookies and are often referred to as “tags”.

Name

Type

Purpose

Signal Tag

Targeting

Using this allows us to host a number of tags within one container tag. We use this to prevent our website loading slowly if any of the third-party tags encounter performance issues.

AWin 

Functional

This allows us to reward affiliates who have introduced you to us, and also to ensure you receive any cashback you may have been promised. There is no personal identifiable information sent in the tag.

Google PPA & Mobile Conversion

Performance

Google uses cookies to help businesses that buy ads from Google determine how many people who click their ads end up purchasing their products. The conversion tracking cookie is set on your browser only when you click an ad delivered by Google where the advertiser has opted in to conversion tracking. These cookies expire within 30 days and do not contain information that can identify you personally. If this cookie has not yet expired when you visit certain pages of the advertiser’s website, Google and the advertiser will be able to tell that you clicked the ad and proceeded to that page. Each advertiser gets a different cookie, so no cookie can be tracked across advertiser websites.

 

Third-party cookies:

These are cookies set by other services we use as part of our online experience:

Cookie

Name

Type

Purpose

More information

GoogleAdServices.com

Conversion

Performance

Google uses cookies to help businesses that buy ads from Google determine how many people who click their ads end up purchasing their products. The conversion tracking cookie is set on your browser only when you click an ad delivered by Google where the advertiser has opted in to conversion tracking. These cookies expire within 30 days and do not contain information that can identify you personally. If this cookie has not yet expired when you visit certain pages of the advertiser's website, Google and the advertiser will be able to tell that you clicked the ad and proceeded to that page. Each advertiser gets a different cookie, so no cookie can be tracked across advertiser websites.

You can learn more, here

Crwdcntrl.net

aud, cc, dc, OAID

Targeting

These cookies are from Lotame, a piece of data-capture technology that monitors user behaviour and groups users by demographic, location, etc.

You can learn more, and opt out, here

Advertsing.com

ACID, ASCID, FC, C2

Targeting

These cookies are from AOL Advertising which are used as part of technology that delivers advertisements to websites and monitors progress and performance of ad campaigns. This allows us to display our adverts across the internet on a number of sites, as well as within AOL.

You can learn more, and opt out, here

MathTag.com

uuid, ts, mt_mop

Targeting

This is used to allow us to display more tailored adverts to our customers.

You can learn more, and opt out, here

DoubleClick.net

test_cookie, _drt_, id

Targeting

This is used to allow us to serve our adverts online. We use it to understand behaviour and how our visitors arrive at our site and interact with us. There is no personal identifiable information sent in the tag.

You can learn more, and opt out, here

YieldManager.com

Bh, BX, ih, vuday1, liday1, ioday1, pv1, uid

Targeting

These cookies are from a company called RightMedia which is a Yahoo! company that provides integrated ad serving. Yield Manager is an ad management platform where campaigns bid for ad space based upon website visitors' predicted responses. Yield Manager values each advert impression individually by inviting advertisers, networks and other participants to bid.

You can learn more, and opt out, here

OpenX.net

i

Targeting

OpenX is a provider of digital advertising technology, enabling businesses to manage and maximize their ad revenue.

You can learn more, and opt out, here

BlueKai (bluekai.com), eXelate (exelator.com), TARGUSinfo (AdAdvisor.com), Crosspixel (crosspixelmedia.com), Weborama (weborama.com), AdBrite (adbrite.com), AdJug (adjug.com), Admeld (tag.admeld.com), AppNexus (adnxs.com), CasaleX (casalemedia.com), Contextweb (contextweb.com, hubspot.com), Doubleclick AdX (doubleclick.net), Improve Digital (ad.360yield.com), OpenX (openx.net), PubMatic (pubmatic.com), RMX (ad.yieldmanager.com, rmxads.com), Rubicon Project (rubiconproject.com), Criteo (criteo.com), LifeStreet (lfstmedia.com), Lijit (lijit.com), DAX (beacon.krxd.net)

 

Targeting

As part of the MathTag.com cookies, it is also possible to see a number of cookies from these companies. These are used by AMNET as part of a real time bidding system for our paid advertising.

By opting out of the MathTag.com cookies, you will also opt out of these.

You can opt out here

everesttech.net (Adobe Media Optimizer)

everest_g_v2, ev_,sync, gglck, ev_fb, everest_session_v2

Performance

Bid Optimizer from Adobe Media Optimizer.

You can learn more here

eGain Chat 2 Cookies

EG-U-ID

Functional cookies

This provides a unique user ID.

You can learn more, here

Optimizely.com

optimizelyEndUserId

Functional cookies

Contains a unique identifier for the customer. No personal information is used.

More information here or you can opt out here

Optimizely.com

optimizelyBuckets

Functional cookies

Ensures a consistent user experience from the optimisation tool.

More information here or you can opt out here

Optimizely.com

optimizelySegments

Functional cookies

Stores details of user audience. No personal information is used.

More information here or you can opt out here

Adobe SiteCatalyst

S_cc, S_lastvisit, S_sq, S_vi

Functional Cookies

Provides information on how customers interact with the website.

More information here

Zendesk

_zlcmid

Functional Cookies

Provides a unique user ID for chat sessions.

More information here

sc.UserId

sc.UserId

1st party permanent cookie

The SessionCam reporting console includes the ability to re-sort recorded sessions by unique user. This aggregates multiple visits from the same, unique user over a selected date/time range. This cookie is used to enable this report.

Set for one year, used to identify an individual unique user

sc.Status

sc.Status

1st party session-expiry cookie

This cookie is set on the first load of SessionCam to store whether SessionCam is to record the session or not.

Used to store the recording status through the user's session

sc.ASP_NET_SESSIONID

sc.ASP_NET_SESSIONID

1st party session-expiry cookie

A recording showing multiple pages visited during a user’s unique visit to a web site is “stitched” together using details provided by this cookie.

Used to identify the individual user session

sc.ASP_NET_SESSIONID

sc.ASP_NET_SESSIONID

3rd party session cookie

This cookie is always set but only used in the specific situation as some of our clients have web sites where the content and functionality is distributed across multiple domain names. This cookie enables the SessionCam reporting console to maintain a view of that user’s session across multiple domain names.

Used when a visitor goes across multiple domain names belonging to the same client within a single visit

SessionCamTestCookie

SessionCamTestCookie

1st party SessionCam

This cookie is set when SessionCam initialises and is only ever used to ensure we can read and write cookies. Once this cookie has been set it is deleted immediately and if the cookie fails to set, SessionCam will not attempt to record.

Test cookie deleted after being set. You can opt out here

Amazon

ad-id / ad-privacy

Targeting

Amazon remarketing and conversion pixels are used by Amazon and its Affiliates to help advertisers better reach their intended audience and measure the success of their advertising campaigns that are run through Amazon.

You can learn more and opt out here

Other third-party cookies specifically used on Covered mag pages:

Cookie

Name

Purpose

Type

More information

Twitter.com / Twimg.com

k, guest_id, _twitter_sess, pid, original_reference

Targeting

These cookies are used by Twitter to provide our micro-blogging feed and referrer.

Information about these cookies can be found here

YouTube.com

VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE, use_hitbox, PREF

Targeting

Gocompare embed videos into the website using YouTube's embeded code. You can find out more about the YouTube cookies on their website.

 

To find out more about the YouTube use of cookies pleases visit here

You can opt out of certain YouTube cookies. Information can be found on the linked to page.


Fraud prevention

Our website also uses both first and third party cookies as a security measure to protect against fraud and abuse and to help to identify irregularities in behaviour, these may include cookies written with Flash technology. You can manage Flash cookies on a per-site basis using the Settings Manager for Adobe Flash Player. Although we don't recommend taking such action, this tool enables you to disable the use of Flash cookies or limit activity to specific domains. You can access the tool by right-clicking on any Flash content displayed on your browser and selecting 'Settings' or 'Global Settings' from the drop-down menu.

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