Cookie policy

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This statement was last updated June 14, 2018.

What are cookies?

Cookies are small text files that are placed on your computer by the websites that you visit. They are widely used in order to make websites work, or work more efficiently, as well as to provide information to the owners of the site. The use of cookies is now standard for most websites.

 

Use of cookies on PwC websites

We utilise cookies, and other online identification technologies such as web beacons, or pixels to provide users with an improved user experience. By using this website or application you consent to the deployment of such identification technologies.

Registered users

We use these technologies to make navigation of the Websites easier for you and to better deliver tailored content to you. If you choose to become a Registered User, we will use cookies to facilitate your registration and remember your preferences. If you choose to become a Registered User, you will receive the benefits of registration only if you accept the strictly necessary cookies, which include those cookies used as part of registration.

Analytics and site statistics

We also use these technologies to gather usage information and statistics regarding use of the Websites. For example, we collect information about page visits and navigation to determine what articles and topics are of greatest interest and if users are able to find content easily. Likewise, we collect information about which articles and videos are viewed and whether videos are viewed in their entirety to determine what content is of most interest to users. We also use usage information to generate various reports regarding use of the Websites. These reports contain aggregated information about users and do not single out users individually. If you are a Registered User we may also collect information on what specific interests you have, including what articles you have viewed on the site in order to understand what content interests you most.

Information about the cookies used on our Websites can be found below. Individual PwC sites may use additional cookies or third-party analytics tools.  For more information about the cookies and third-party tools used on individual sites, please review the cookie information on the individual sites you visit.

Measuring effectiveness of our activities

We may utilise online identification technologies from marketing partners, third party sites and social media platforms. These technologies help us measure the efficacy of our marketing and awareness campaigns and to understand how visitors navigate to the Websites from a PwC ad. We use these technologies to compile statistics about visitors who interact with the Websites and other PwC online content, to gauge the effectiveness of our ads, and to provide more pertinent information to our visitors.

 

Managing cookies on your device

You can control and manage cookies using your browser. Please note that removing or blocking cookies can impact your user experience and some functionality may no longer be available.

Using your browser to control cookies

Most browsers allow you to view, manage, delete and block cookies for a website. Be aware that if you delete all cookies then any preferences you have set will be lost, including the ability to opt-out from cookies as this function itself requires placement of an opt out cookie on your device. Guidance on how to control cookies for common browsers is linked below.

Google Chrome

Mozilla Firefox

MacOS Safari

Microsoft Internet Explorer

 

For information on additional browsers and device types please see http://www.aboutcookies.org/ or http://www.cookiecentral.com/faq/.

Managing Analytics cookies

You can opt-out of having your anonymised browsing history within our websites or applications recorded by analytics cookies. We use the following service providers and you can learn more about their privacy policies and how to opt-out of their analytics cookies by clicking on following links:

Adobe: https://www.adobe.com/privacy/opt-out.html

Google Analytics: https://www.google.com/analytics/learn/privacy.html

Types of cookies:

Session cookies: these cookies remain in your browser during your browser session only, i.e. until you leave the website.

Persistent cookies: these cookies remain in your browser for a set period of time after the browser session (unless deleted by you).

Categories of cookies:

Strictly Necessary Cookies: These cookies are fundamental to website functionality and cannot be switched off without blocking features on the site. They are usually set in response to your actions on the site, such as filling in forms, setting preferences, or logging in.

Performance Cookies: These cookies allow us to gather analytics to improve the performance and functionality of our site. These analytics can include measurements on the popularity of a page, common patterns of how people browse around the site, and how frequently a certain feature is used.  We usually aggregate the data for review but in some cases we may collect information on content you have viewed in order to understand what interests you most.

Customization cookies: These cookies help us to understand how effective our marketing campaigns are, and enhance your online experiences with PwC with customization.

Advertising cookies:  PwC may present ads to you on sites that are not owned or operated by PwC to promote PwC services, articles or events. The cookies are used to make advertising messages more relevant to you and your interests. They also perform functions like preventing the same ad from continuously re-appearing. These advertisements are solely intended to make you aware of relevant PwC promotions. PwC does not sell your data to any third parties. Please see our privacy policy for more details.

Cookies on this site

Provider

Name

Purpose

Type

Duration

Strictly Necessary Cookies

PwC

pwc-id

PwC Registration Cookie- This cookie contains the encrypted email ID of the user. It is used to identify the registered user account (if available) for each request.

First party, Persistent

1 day or 30 days (if “Remember me” is checked)

PwC

firsttime-login

PwC Registration Cookie- This cookie is used by PwC during the registration process to ensure that any necessary password updates are completed.

First party

Until password update is completed

PwC

pwc_overlay

PwC Registration Cookie- This cookie is used by PwC to make sure that the overlay (registration panel) opens once per browser session

First party

Until the end of the browser session

Load balancer

BIGipServerPOOL-69.20.11.37-Dispatch

This cookie is set by the servers hosting PwC sites to allow a visitor to receive site content from one out of multiple servers as the visitor browses the site. This improves performance and allows the visitor’s session to be maintained.

First party, Persistent

Until end of session

PwC

pwc_closed_topics

This cookies is used by PwC to help personalize the content a user sees based on topics they've identified they're interested in.

First party

Until the end of the browser session

PwC

pwc-cookie-accept

This cookie is used by PwC to understand whether or not a user has selected "I understand" in their cookie banner.

First party

Until the end of the browser session

PwC

pwc_int_usr

This cookie is used by PwC to distinguish internal users from external visitors to the Websites. It is set when a person is accessing the website from within the PwC network (VPN or office).

First party

3 months

Performance cookies

Adobe Analytics

_sdsat_landing_page

Stores the first page you hit when visiting pwc.com

First party, Session

Until end of session

Adobe Analytics

_sdsat_traffic_source

Stores the site you came from before reaching pwc.com

First party, Session

Until end of session

Adobe Analytics

_sdsat_pages_viewed

Stores the quantity (number) of pages that you view during your visit.

First party, Session

Until end of session

Adobe Analytics

_sdsat_lt_pages_viewed

Stores the total number of pages viewed

First party, Persistent

2 years from set/update

Adobe Analytics

_sdsat_session_count

Stores a session counter

First party, Persistent

2 years from set/update

Adobe Analytics

s_vi

This cookie stores the visitor ID provided by our analytics provider whenever you first visit one of the Websites.

Third Party Persistent

2 years from set/update

Adobe Analytics

gpv

This cookie stores the quantity of pages you view when visiting the Websites

First and third party

30 minutes from set/update

Adobe Analytics

s_nr

This cookie stores the date(s) when you visit the Websites, and whether or not you are a new or returning visitor.

First and third party

2 years from set/update

Adobe Analytics

s_ppv

Stores information on the percentage of the page displayed

First and third party

Until end of session

Adobe Analytics

s_fid

This cookie is a "fallback" visitor identifier where the s_vi cookie is for some reason blocked. It contains a randomly generated unique ID

First and third party

5 years from set/update

Adobe Analytics

s_ppvl

Stores information on the percentage of the page displayed to you

First and third party

Until end of session

Adobe Analytics

s_cc

This cookie allows Adobe Analytics to determine whether or not cookies are enabled in your browser.

First and third party

Until end of session

Adobe Analytics

s_sq

This cookie is set and read by the JavaScript code when the ClickMap functionality and the Activity Map functionality are enabled; it contains information about the previous links that you clicked on the Websites.


First party

2 years from set/update

Demandbase dmdbase_cdc This cookie is used to pass only the company name and firmographic attributes of a site visitor into analytics based on the source IP address. It is set using JavaScript. First Party Session Until end of session

Google Analytics

__utma

This is one of the four main cookies set by the Google Analytics service which enables website owners to track visitor behaviour and measure site performance. It it used to calculate new and returning visitor statistics. The cookie is updated every time data is sent to Google Analytics.

First and third party

2 years

Google Analytics

__utmv

Used to store visitor-level custom variable data. This cookie is created when a developer uses the _setCustomVar method with a visitor level custom variable. This cookie was also used for the deprecated _setVar method. The cookie is updated every time data is sent to Google Analytics.

Third party, persistent

 

Google Analytics

__utmz

Stores the traffic source or campaign that explains how you reached the Websites. The cookie is created when the javascript library executes and is updated every time data is sent to Google Analytics.

Third party, persistent

 

YouTube

VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE

This cookie tracks viewing of Youtube videos on the website.

Third party, persistent

 

Advertising

Facebook

datr, _js_datr, _js_reg_ext_ref, _js_reg_fb_gate

These cookie are used by  Facebook as part of their embedded services on the Websites (likes, sharing etc.). More information about Facebook’s use of cookies can be found in their cookie policy  

Third party

 

LinkedIn

JSESSIONID

General purpose platform session cookie. It is used to maintain an anonymous user session by the server.

Third party

Until end of session

LinkedIn

lidc

This cookie is used for routing from Share buttons and ad tags

Third party

1 day

LinkedIn

bcookie

This cookie is used by LinkedIn for identifying the Browser ID. It is set from LinkedIn share buttons and ad tags.

Third party

1 year

LinkedIn

bscookie

This cookie is used by LinkedIn to recognize a secure Browser ID.

Third party

1 year

LinkedIn

visit

This cookie is used by LinkedIn as part of their embedded services on the Websites. More information can be found in their cookie policy.

Third party

 

Twitter

Auth_token, twll, secure_session, guest_id, remember_checked, remember_checked_on, lang

These cookies are used by Twitter as part of their embedded services on the Websites (likes, sharing etc.). More information about Twitter’s use of cookies can be found in their cookie policy.  

Third party

 

YouTube

SID

This cookie is used by Google in combination with HSID to verify your Google user account, if you have one, and your most recent login time to your Google account.

Third party

 

YouTube

HSID

Used by Google in combination with SID to verify your Google user account, if you have one, and your most recent login time to your Google account.

Third party

 

YouTube

PREF

This cookie is used by Google to set each of its users’ preferred language preferences.

Third party

 

YouTube

NID

Most Google users will have a preferences cookie called ‘NID’ in their browsers. A browser sends this cookie with requests to Google’s sites. The NID cookie contains a unique ID Google uses to remember your preferences and other information, such as your preferred language (e.g. English), how many search results you wish to have shown per page (e.g. 10 or 20), and whether or not you wish to have Google’s SafeSearch filter turned on.

Third party

 

YouTube

LOGIN_INFO, YSC, SAPISID, SSID, APISID

These cookies are used by Youtube as part of their embedded services on the Websites (sharing etc.). More information about Youtube’s use of cookies can be found in their cookie policy.

Third party

 

Commonly used cookies on the Websites

The following cookies may be present on certain of the Websites, including but not limited to PwC.com/us and PwC.com/gx.

Provider

Name

Purpose

Type

Duration

Performance cookies

Adobe Target

mbox

This cookie gives website operators the ability to test which online content and offers are more relevant to visitors. Click here for more information.

First party

2 weeks

Crazy Egg

_ceir

This cookie is set by CrazyEgg and records whether you have visited the Website.

First party, Persistent

5 years

Crazy Egg

_ceg.s

This cookie is set by CrazyEgg and records anonymous usage activity on the site to help define heat maps and common user patterns to improve functionality and content development in the future.

First and third party

3 months

Crazy Egg

_ceg.u

This cookie is set by CrazyEgg, in tandem with the anonymous usage patterns cookie, to understand repeat visitor patterns on the Websites.

First and third party

3 months

Google Analytics

_gat

This cookie name is associated with Google Universal Analytics, according to Google documentation it is used to throttle the request rate - limiting the collection of data on high traffic sites. It expires after 10 minutes.

First party, Session

1 minute

Google Analytics

_gid

This cookie stores a unique user session identifier.

First & Third party, Session

24 hours

Google Analytics

_ga

This cookie is typically written to the browser upon the first visit to the Websites. If the cookie has been deleted by the browser operator, and the browser subsequently visits pwc.com, a new _ga cookie is written with a different unique ID. In most cases, this cookie is used to understand whether a visitor is a single time visitor or a repeat visitor to the Websites and it is updated with each page view. Additionally, this cookie is provided with a unique ID that Google Analytics uses to ensure both the validity and accessibility of the cookie as an extra security measure.

First & Third party, Persistent

2 years

Google Analytics

__utmb

This cookie is used to determine new sessions/visits.

First party

30 mins from set/update

Hotjar hjClosedSurveyInvites This cookie is set once a visitor interacts with a Survey invitation modal pop-up. It is used to ensure that the same invite does not re-appear if it has already been shown. First and third party 1 year
Hotjar _hjDonePolls This cookie is set once a visitor completes a Poll using the Feedback Poll widget. It is used to ensure that the same Poll does not re-appear if it has already been filled in. First and third party 1 year
Hotjar _hjMinimizedPolls This cookie is set once a visitor minimizes a Feedback Poll widget. It is used to ensure that the widget stays minimized when the visitor navigates through your site. First and third party 1 year
Hotjar _hjDoneTestersWidgets This cookie is set once a visitor submits their information in the Recruit User Testers widget. It is used to ensure that the same form does not re-appear if it has already been filled in. First and third party 1 year
Hotjar _hjMinimizedTestersWidgets This cookie is set once a visitor minimizes a Recruit User Testers widget. It is used to ensure that the widget stays minimized when the visitor navigates through your site. First and third party 1 year
Hotjar _hjDoneSurveys This cookie is set once a visitor completes a survey. It is used to only load the survey content if the visitor hasn't completed the survey yet. First and third party 1 year
Hotjar _hjIncludedInSample This cookie is set to let Hotjar know whether that visitor is included in the sample which is used to generate Heatmaps, Funnels, Recordings, etc. First and third party 1 year
Hotjar _hjShownFeedbackMessage This cookie is set when a visitor minimizes or completes Incoming Feedback. This is done so that the Incoming Feedback will load as minimized immediately if they navigate to another page where it is set to show. First and third party 1 year

Customisation cookies

Eloqua

ELOQUA

This cookie is set by Eloqua and is used by certain of the Websites, including www.pwc.com/US, to understand what content key contacts have viewed and what content interests those individuals. It is set when you first visit the site and updated on subsequent visits.

Third party, Persistent

2 years from set/update

Eloqua

ELQSTATUS

This cookie is set by Eloqua and is used by certain of the Websites, including www.pwc.com/US, to understand what content key contacts have viewed and what content interests those individuals. It is set when you are first visit the relevant Website and updated on subsequent visits.

Third party, Persistent

2 years from set/update

Advertising cookies

Google

uid

This is a Google UserID cookie used to help track users across various portions of the Websites.

Third party, Persistent

 

LinkedIn

BizoID

LinkedIn Ad analytics

Third party

6 months

LinkedIn

UserMatchHistory

This cookie is used by LinkedIn for advertisement analytics

Third party

6 months

Retired cookies

These cookies are no longer in use, but may be present for returning visitors. These cookies can be deleted.

Provider

Name

Purpose

Type

Duration

Category

Webtrends

PWC_WOD

Visitor Identification sessions set by the tag server. Visitor ID based on IP address. The cookie records site id, time of last access, time of start of visit and account ID.

First Party Persistent

10 years

Performance

Webtrends

ACOOKIE

Visitor Identification set by Java Script. The cookie records Visitor id, time of last access and time of start of visit.

Third Party Persistent

2 years

Performance

CEO Survey

pwcceoto2014

Stores the visitor's preference to close the section explaining that they are viewing archived CEO Survey content.

First Party Persistent

60 days

Strictly necessary

CEO Survey

pwcgeo

Stores the visitor’s geographical location preference in order to tailor content to them from the CEO Survey microsite.

First Party Persistent

60 days

Strictly necessary

CEO Survey

pwcint

Stores the visitor’s industry sector preference in order to tailor content to them from the CEO Survey microsite.

First Party Persistent

60 days

Strictly necessary

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