Cookies

cookie policy
When you use our website we may collect information through the use of cookies.

When you use our website we may collect information through the use of cookies.

This cookie policy explains what cookies are and how they are used by Ruffer LLP, on ruffer.co.uk (in both the open public site and when logged into our online client portal). We encourage you to read the policy in full so you can understand what information we collect using cookies and how that information is used.

We use strictly necessary cookies, which are required for our website to function and for the security of our client portal. We would also like to use analytics cookies, provided by a third party (Google Analytics) to gather information about how our website is used so that we can continue to improve it. The analytics cookies we use don’t collect personal data and we won’t use them unless you have clicked the ‘Accept’ button in our cookie banner. If you have clicked ‘Accept’ and then later change your mind, you can withdraw your consent by changing your browser settings at any time. Further details on how to do this are set out below.

What are cookies?

A cookie is a small text file containing small amounts of information that passes to your computer through your web browser so that the website can remember who you are.

The length of time a cookie will stay on your computer depends on whether it is a persistent or session cookie. Session cookies are temporary cookies that stay on your computer until you leave the website (such as the cookies which manage the security of our online valuations). Persistent cookies stay on your computer after you have finished browsing until they expire or are deleted.

What are cookies used for?

Cookies can generally be put into one of the following categories: strictly necessary, analytics, functionality and advertising. The list below provides more information about each category that Ruffer uses. Ruffer does not use cookies for advertising.

Strictly necessary cookies

These cookies are essential to make our website work. They enable you to move around the site and use its features. Necessary services, like the ability to access secure areas cannot be provided without these cookies.

Analytics cookies

These cookies collect information about how people use our site, such as which pages are most frequently visited and how people are moving from one link to another. We also collect estimated high-level demographic information on users, eg age (in bands such as 25-34), and also assumed interests (eg sports fan). This demographic data is collected by Google based on your other browsing activity, so it is an indicative measure rather than conclusive information. Information these cookies collect on our open site is grouped together with information from other people’s use of our site on an aggregated basis; your activity is not personally identifiable. Overall, these cookies provide us with analytical information about how our site is performing and how we can improve it.

In addition, cookies can be used for advertising and non-strictly necessary functionailty purposes. However Ruffer does not use these types of cookies.

First and third party cookies

First party cookies are cookies that we control and place on your device. Third party cookies are cookies that another party controls but are placed on your device when you visit our site. For example, we use Google Analytics cookies to gather information about the user experience on our website if users consent.

How we use cookies

We use cookies to monitor how people use our website. They help us understand how clients and other site users, use our website so we can develop and improve its design and layout. We also use cookies to make it easier for you to navigate between pages efficiently by remembering your preferences. We do not use cookies that track your web usage after you have left ruffer.co.uk.

We use the following cookies on our site –

Name Value Duration Site
Disclaimer This is a first party persistent cookie which is used to restrict access to certain pages which require agreement with a disclaimer to view. 12 months Ruffer website
AuthCookie This is a first party persistent cookie. It is used to keep the user logged in during the session and preserve the memorable word approved state and memorable information positions. 60 minutes Ruffer client portal
Identity.TwoFactorUserId First party cookie used when user enters correct credentials on login page. Duration of time logged in Ruffer client portal
ChangeTempPassword First party temporary cookie used when user is setting new password after using a temporary password. Duration of password change activity Ruffer client portal
RequestVerificationToken This is a first party cookie which is used to prevent cross-site request forgery attacks. Session Ruffer client portal
ASP.NET_SessionId First party session cookie used to maintain an anonymised user session by the server. Session Ruffer client portal
AspNetCore.Antiforgery First party session cookie used to validate the source on post requests to avoid cross-site request forgery attacks. Session Ruffer client portal
_gid This is a third party cookie set by Google Analytics to track user journeys. 24 hours Ruffer website and client portal
_ga This is a third-party cookie set by Google Analytics to track user engagement with the site. 24 months Ruffer website and client portal
_gat_UA-4821483-7 This is a third party cookie set by Google Analytics, where the pattern element on the name contains the unique identity number of the account or website it relates to. It is a variation of the _gat cookie which is used to limit the amount of data recorded by Google on high traffic volume websites. 1 minute Ruffer website and client portal
rufferGoogleTagManager This is a first party cookie used to allow users to opt out/in of having Google Analytics enabled on their device when accessing the site. 12 months Ruffer website and client portal
How to manage cookies from this site

You can withdraw or modify your consent to our use of cookies at any time. If you no longer wish to receive cookies, you can use your web browser’s settings to accept, refuse, and delete cookies. To do this, follow the instructions provided by your browser (usually located within the ‘Help’, ‘Tools’ or ‘Edit’ settings). Please note that if you set your browser to refuse cookies, you may not be able to use all the features of the Ruffer website.

You can find out more information about how to change your browser cookie settings at the Information Commissioners Office.

Updates to this policy

We may update this policy from time to time, please check back regularly for amendments.

Policy last updated 1 June 2020.

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