Privacy policy

How we treat and hold any personal information you may give us through our website.

We (the Financial Conduct Authority - FCA) receive personal information through this website. You may, for example, be asked for personal information if you want to take advantage of specific services that we offer, such as ordering online or subscribing to our publications.

Where you provide personal information, we will only use it to deliver the services you have requested.

This privacy policy only covers the FCA's website

This website does not automatically capture or store personal information, other than logging your IP address and session information such as how long your visit lasted and the type of browser used. This is recognised by the web server and is only used for system administration and to provide statistics, which we use to evaluate how the site is used.

This policy does not cover links within these sites to other websites.


Cookies collect anonymous information about how visitors use our site, which is then used to help improve the site. The information collected includes the number of site visitors, where visitors come to the site from and the pages they visited.

Google Analytics

We use Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google. Google Analytics uses 'cookies', which are text files placed on your computer, to help analyse how visitors use the website.

Cookie name What is it
_ga Used to distinguish users.
​Expires: 2 years.

Used to throttle request rate.​​
​Expires: 10 minutes.

For further details on Google Analytics cookies, including those not used by, visit cookies set by Google Analytics.

Siteimprove analytics

Cookie name What is it
nmstat Used to distinguish users.
​Expires: 1000 days.

Used to identify order of pages a visitor looks at during a visit.​​
Expires: maximum time allowed by browser.

Search cookies

Used by the search engine (Funnelback) to allow you to save results to a shortlist for later viewing.

Cookie name What is it
SSESSID Typical content: randomly generated number.
Expires: when user exits browser.
session_api_session Typical content: randomly generated number sequence.
Expires: maximum time allowed by browser.

Content management cookies

Our site uses Drupal cookies to display and remember content based on selections you have already made.


Cookie name What is it
cookie-agreed Typical content: boolean.
Expires: 3 months.
has_js Typical content: boolean.
Expires: session (until page is closed).

Vimeo cookies

We use Vimeo’s privacy-enhanced mode, to embed videos from our official Vimeo channel. You can find out more on Vimeo’s embedding videos information page.

New Relic cookies

New Relic Browser provides insights into how this website behaves when it is loaded into a browser, and only collects performance data. You can find out more about New Relic Browser's security measures on their website. 


You can choose to refuse cookies or tell your browser to let you know each time that a website tries to set a cookie. However, refusing cookies may mean some sections of the site will not work properly.

For more information about cookies (including how to turn them off) please visit