You should be aware that when you use the board's website(s), we may collect information by using cookies. The commission and our third party partners may set a range of cookies when you visit our websites. Below we explain the types of cookies we use.

Essential for making our site work properly (strictly necessary)

These cookies let you move around the website and use essential features like secure areas, shopping baskets and online billing. These cookies don't gather any information about you that could be used for marketing or remembering where you've been on the internet.

Collect information about how you use our website (performance)

Performance cookies collect information about how you use our website, such as which pages you visit, and if you experience any errors. These cookies don't collect any information that could identify you – all the information collected is anonymous and is only used to help us improve how our website works, understand what interests our users. We use performance cookies to

  1. provide statistics on how our website is used
  2. see how effective our adverts are (we don't use this information to target adverts to you when you visit other websites)
  3. help us improve the website by measuring any errors that occur
  4. test different designs of our website

Using our site indicates that you accept the use of performance cookies. Accepting these cookies is a condition of using the website, so if you prevent them we cannot guarantee how our site will perform for you. Google Analytics are an example of performance cookies.

Used to provide services or to remember settings to improve your visit (functionality)

 Functionality cookies are used to provide services or to remember settings to improve your visit. We use these cookies to share information with partners to provide a service on our website. The information shared is only to be used to provide the service, product or function and not for any other purpose.

Cookies defined as functionality will not be used to target you with adverts on other websites. Some of these cookies are managed for us by third parties – where this is the case we don't allow the third party to use the cookies for any purpose other than those listed above. Preventing these cookies may mean we can't offer you some services, and will reduce the support we can offer you. It's also possible that preventing these cookie stops us remembering that you didn't want a specific service.

Twitter and YouTube cookies that capture your preference are an example of functionality cookies.

Are linked to services provided by third parties (targeting)

Targeting cookies are linked to services provided by third parties, such as "like" and "share" buttons. The third party provides these services in return for recognising that you have visited our website. We use targeting cookies to link to social networks like Facebook, who may subsequently use information about your visit to target advertising to you on other websites.

Preventing these cookies may stop us from offering you some services. All of these cookies are managed by third parties, and use the third parties' own tools to prevent these cookies. 

How do I turn cookies off?

It is usually possible to stop your browser accepting cookies, or to stop it accepting cookies from a particular website. For example, we cannot tell if you are signed in without using cookies, so you would not be able to post comments.

All modern browsers allow you to change your cookie settings. These settings will typically be found in the "options" or "preferences" menu of your browser. In order to understand these setttings, the following links may be helpful, otherwise you should use the help option in your browser for more details:

If you are primarily concerned about third party cookies generated by advertisers, you can turn these off using Your Online Choices

 You can also visit the Network Advertising Initative, the trade body representing these advertising platforms for more information. They have provided a one-stop place that gathers all of the opt-out controls. Please bear in mind that the are many more networks listed on this site than those that we use at CIPFA.

Useful links

If you would like to find out more about cookies and their use on the Internet, you may find the following links useful:

For further legal information about privacy issues, you may find these links useful:

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