What are cookies?
Cookies are small text files that SGS websites place onto your computer.
Why do we use them?
Cookies are used to help us improve your experience when using our websites – for example, storing your preferred language setting for the next time you visit.
The information we collect from cookies enables us to:
- Tailor our websites to your personal needs
- Remember the notifications that you have been shown, so that you are not shown them again
- Make improvements and updates to our websites based on the way you want to use them
What kind of cookies do we use?
We use the following categories of cookie:
Category 1: necessary cookies
Category 1 cookies enable you to use our websites and all their features, such as enabling access to secure areas of the website. Without these cookies you may not be able to use all the features of our websites.
The following cookies are necessary for full functionality:
- ASP.NET_SessionId: this cookie manages your user profile information, which is anonymous by default.
- ASPSESSIONIDQCTBQCQB: this cookie has the same function as the ASP.NET_SessionId cookie, but uses old ASP technology
- Load balancing cookies: these four cookies are used by our load balancing platform to keep your data synchronized across our front-end servers. They are:
- TS01a95020: this cookie is used by our Content Delivery Network (CDN) provider to ensure web pages load as quickly as possible.
- ORA_MOD_103000: this cookie is used by our Contact Relationship Management (CRM) system when you make an inquiry through our "Contact us" forms
Category 2: performance cookies
Category 2 cookies collect information about how you use our websites so we can improve them for you in future. For example, they collect information on which pages you visit most often and any error messages you may get. The information collected by these cookies is anonymous. They do not collect any information that can identify you personally.
We use the following Category 2 cookies:
- WebTrends Cookies: we use the six cookies below for our WebTrends Analysis platform:
- _utmb, _utmc, _utma, _utmz: we use these cookies for Google Analytics to help us understand how our websites are performing.
- Some of our websites also use HotJar Cookies. You can choose to disable the HotJar service at https://www.hotjar.com/opt-out
- Below is a full list of the cookies HotJar uses. These cookies are essential for the functionality of the service.
|__ar* (hotjar.com)||AdRoll 'remarketing cookie', used to provide interest-based advertisements to show our ads on other websites. Read more||Decided by Google|
|_ga (hotjar.com)||Google Analytics cookie, used to distinguish users. Read more||Decided by Google|
|_gat (hotjar.com)||Google Analytics cookie, Used to throttle request rate Read more||Decided by Google|
|__utm* (hotjar.com)||Google Analytics non-personally identifiable information used for website analytics||Decided by Google|
|_hjUserId (hotjar.com)||Hotjar cookie. This cookie is set as soon as a user loads a page which contains the Hotjar code. The cookie contains a universally unique identifier (UUID) which allows Hotjar to track the same visitor across multiple pages and sessions.||365 days|
|_hjClosedSurveyInvites (hotjar.com)||Hotjar cookie. This cookie is set once a visitor interacts with a Survey invitation modal popup. It is used to ensure that the same invite does not re-appear if it has already been shown.||365 days|
|_hjDonePolls (hotjar.com)||Hotjar cookie. 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.||365 days|
|_hjMinimizedPolls (hotjar.com)||Hotjar cookie. This cookie is set once a visitor minimizes a Feedback Poll widget. It is used to ensure that the widget stays minimizes when the visitor navigates through your site.||365 days|
|_hjDoneTestersWidgets (hotjar.com)||Hotjar cookie. 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.||365 days|
|_hjMinimizedTestersWidgets (hotjar.com)||Hotjar cookie. This cookie is set once a visitor minimizes a Recruit User Testers widget. It is used to ensure that the widget stays minimizes when the visitor navigates through your site.||365 days|
|_hjIncludedInSample (hotjar.com)||Hotjar cookie. This session cookie is set to let Hotjar know whether that visitor is included in the sample which is used to generate funnels.||Session|
|JSESSIONID (hotjar.com)||New Relic cookie which is used to monitor session counts for an application. Read more||Session|
|NREUM (hotjar.com)||New Relic cookie which is only created in browsers that do not support the Navigation Timing API. Read more||Session|
|NRAGENT (hotjar.com)||New Relic cookie, created only when a token is handed out to an end user by the New Relic server. Read more||Session|
|optimizely* (hotjar.com)||Cookies set by Optimizely to run tests on hotjar.com. Read more||Decided by Optimizely|
|session (hotjar.com)||Keeps your website session alive.||Session|
Category 3: functionality cookies
Category 3 cookies enable us to provide you with a more personalized experience. They help us to remember data, such as your username and language preference to save you having to enter them again next time you visit. The information these cookies collect is anonymous. They cannot track your browsing activity on other websites.
We use the following Category 3 cookies:
- #lang: this cookie is used to remember your preferred language when you access one of our country websites
- PHPSESSID: this cookie manages your user profile information on PHP technology.
- JSESSIONID: this cookie manages your user profile information on Java technology.
- osVisitor:Used by specific applications on Portugal website.
- osVisit:Used by specific applications on Portugal website.
- pageLoadedFromBrowserCache: Used by specific applications on Portugal website.
Category 4: targeting/advertising cookies
We and our service providers may use advertising cookies to deliver ads that we believe are relevant to you and your interests.
For example, we may use targeting or advertising cookies to customize the advertising and content you receive on our Site, to limit the number of times you see the same ad on our Site and to help measure the effectiveness of our advertising campaigns.
Google AdWords remarketing collects data about your activities when you visit our website, the website of entities for which we serve advertisements (our “Advertisers”), or the websites and online services where we display advertisements (“Publishers”). This information may include the content you view, the date and time that you view this content, the products you purchase, or your location information associated with your IP address. We use the information we collect to serve you more relevant advertisements (referred to as “Retargeting”). We collect information about where you saw the ads we serve you and what ads you clicked on. These cookies are set to expire and do not contain information that can identify you personally.
AdWords remarketing will display relevant ads tailored to you, based on data collected by the cookie that identifies which elements of SGS’s web pages you have viewed.
The cookie is used to identify a page’s returning visitors and enable Google to show them ads relating to it. Google AdWords Remarketing allows us to tailor our marketing to better suit your needs and display ads that are relevant.
If you do not wish to participate in our Google AdWords Remarketing, you can opt out by visiting Google's Ads Preferences Manager.
For more information about targeting and advertising cookies and how you can opt out, visit:
- Network Advertising Initiative: http://www.networkadvertising.org/choices/
- Digital Advertising Alliance: http://www.aboutads.info/choices/
- European Interactive Digital Advertising Alliance: http://www.youronlinechoices.eu/
Category 5: social media cookies
Details of how you can opt out of accepting these cookies are found in the following links:
You can also read the full policies from these social networks:
Targeting and advertising cookies on this Site may include:
|Cookie Name||Further information, including how to opt out|
|NID and SID
AID and TAID
How can you manage your cookie settings?
To ensure you get the best possible experience when visiting our websites, we recommend that you accept cookies.
You can control whether you are happy to accept cookies through your browser settings. However, if you do not wish to accept cookies, you may not have access to all the features of our websites.
You can find out more about managing your cookies by accessing the 'help' button on your browser or visiting http://www.aboutcookies.org.
More information can be found on how to opt out from any cookie for all major web browsers and third party’s vendors by visiting www.networkadvertising.org/choices/ or http://www.aboutads.info/choices/
If you want to clear all cookies left behind by the websites you have visited, here are links where you can download three programs that clean out tracking cookies:
Other cookie types
We only use cookie types that fall into the categories listed above. Please email us if you have found cookies that are not listed above.