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About cookies

As you browse, cookies gather information about your use of a website. They are then sent back to the originating website each subsequent visit, providing a more enriched experience – the site learns your preferences as you browse.

Some types of cookies also perform essential functions, enhancing site experience and functionality.

The main types of cookies are:

Session cookies: Session cookies allow websites to track your movements from page to page and are used for a number of reasons, such as remembering items in a shopping cart. These cookies are typically removed from your browser when you close your internet browser.

Persistent cookies: Persistent cookies are stored on your computer or mobile device in between browser sessions. It allows the site to remember user information or settings across the site (or in some cases across different websites). Persistent cookies also enable targeted advertising.

First and third party cookies: First party cookies are set by the website you’re browsing. Third party cookies come from other websites or servers (third parties), for functions such as advertising (like pop ups or banners) on the page you’re browsing.

Necessary cookies: Necessary cookies are either session or persistent cookies, and can be delivered by a first or third party. These cookies perform functions like keeping your site visit secure and remembering you between pages. Access to certain parts of is dependent on these types of cookies.

Functional cookies: Functional cookies can be either session or persistent cookies, and can be delivered by a first or third party. Functional cookies remember information such as usernames, or language settings and may allow the site to display important alerts. These cookies are not considered necessary, and can be blocked by the user. Blocking these cookies may impact how the site functions. 

Tracking and social cookies: These cookies can be either session or persistent cookies, and are delivered by a first or third party. These cookies are not essential for the function of the website, but they may enhance a user’s experience by providing content that is relevant to you and your interests.

How to delete or block cookies

Colonial First State uses a combination of the types of cookies listed above depending on what part of our sites you are visiting and what functions you request of those sites. You can control how cookies are used on your computer or device by changing your browser settings.

Some of the cookies that use are essential for protecting customers’ financial and personal information.

If you decide to delete or block certain cookies, your experience on may be limited or you may discover that some parts of the website will not work at all, especially where cookies are used for security and fraud detection functions.