About our use of cookies

Our website uses cookies. You can find out more about cookies, how we use them and how to control them below.

By using this website you consent to the use of cookies in accordance with this Cookie Notice. In particular, you accept the use of Performance/ Analytics Cookies for the purposes described below. If you do not consent to the use of these cookies please disable them following the instructions in this Cookie Notice so that cookies from this website cannot be placed on your device.

What is a cookie?

Cookies are small text files which are sent to your device when you visit a website. Cookies are then sent back to the originating website on each subsequent visit, or to another website that recognises that cookie. Cookies act as a memory for a website, allowing that website to remember your device on your return visits. Cookies can also remember your preferences, improve the user experience as well as tailor the adverts you see to those most relevant to you.

You can find more information about cookies, including how to see what cookies have been set on your device and how to manage and delete them at www.aboutcookies.org.

Cookies used on this website

We use both session cookies (which exist only until you close your web browser) and persistent cookies (which exist for a longer, specified period of time). The type of cookies used on this website can generally be put into three categories: Strictly Necessary, Performance and Functionality.

Strictly Necessary

Some of the cookies on our website are essential in order to enable you to move around the website and use its features. These cookies don’t gather information about you that could be used for marketing or remembering where you have been on the internet.

Performance/Analytics Cookies

Some of the cookies on our website collect information about how visitors use the website, for instance which pages visitors go to most often, and if they get error messages from web pages. These cookies don’t collect information that identifies a visitor. All information these cookies collect is aggregated and therefore anonymous. It is only used to improve how our website works.

Our website uses Google Analytics cookies. Information collected by these cookies will be transferred to and stored by Google on servers in the USA in accordance with its privacy practices. For further information of Google’s privacy practices and how this applies to Google analytics, please visit:

Functionality

These cookies allow our website to remember choices you make and provide enhanced, more personal features.

Third party cookies

Our website also allows third parties to download cookies to your device. For example, we sometimes embed photos and video content from websites such as YouTube and Flickr. When you visit a page containing such content, you may be presented with cookies from these websites. You will also see embedded ‘share’ buttons on some of our web pages. These enable you to easily share content through a number of popular social networks. When you click on one of these buttons, a cookie may be set by the service you have chosen to share content through. These third party cookies are not under our control. For further information about their use, please visit the relevant third party website for further information.

Below is a summary of the cookies used on astrazeneca.com. You should check other AstraZeneca websites as the use of cookies may be different.

Strictly necessary

Cookie name: JSESSIONID
Originating party (1st party):  AstraZeneca.com
Originating page(s): The first page that the user visits
Data collected by the cookie: Session information
Purpose: The JSESSIONID is a session cookie and helps to measure how many visitors are using the site at any given time. It is created when a visitor enters the website and expires when they leave.
Expiry: End of Session

Performance/analytics

Cookie name:_utma
Originating page(s): The first page that the user visits
Originating party (3rd party): Google Analytics
Data collected by the cookie: Page visits
Purpose: _utma is used to track a visitor and is persistent i.e. doesn’t expire unless cookies are cleared. Each unique browser that visits a page on astrazeneca.com is provided with a unique ID via the __utma cookie. In this way, subsequent visits to the website via the same browser are recorded as belonging to the same (unique) visitor.
Expiry: 2 years from end of last visit

 

Cookie name:_utma
Originating page(s): The first page that the user visits
Originating party (3rd party): Google Analytics
Data collected by the cookie: Visitor sessions
Purpose: _utmb is used to determine a visitor session. It is set when a visitor enters the website and finishes after a user pauses on a page of the site for more than 30 minutes or 30 minutes after a visitor leaves the website.
Expiry: 30 minutes after End of Session or no activity

 

Cookie name:_utmc
Originating page(s): The first page that the user visits
Originating party (3rd party): Google Analytics
Data collected by the cookie: Visitor sessions
Purpose: _utmc was also used to determine a visitor session. It is set when a visitor enters the website and it expires at the end of a browser session.
Expiry: End of Session

 

Cookie name:_utma
Originating page(s): The first page that the user visits
Originating party (3rd party): Google Analytics
Data collected by the cookie: Visitor sessions
Purpose: _utmb is used to determine a visitor session. It is set when a visitor enters the website and finishes after a user pauses on a page of the site for more than 30 minutes or 30 minutes after a visitor leaves the website.
Expiry: 30 minutes after End of Session or no activity

 

Cookie name:_utmz
Originating page(s): The first page that the user visits
Originating party (3rd party): Google Analytics
Data collected by the cookie: Referrals and conversions
Purpose: utmz is used to track the type of referral that drove the visitor to astrazeneca.com e.g. a search engine result, a direct link, or an ad that links to the site. The parameters in the cookie value string are parsed and sent in the GIF Request (in the utmcc variable). The expiration date for the cookie is set as 6 months into the future. This cookie gets updated with each subsequent page view to your site and is used to determine visitor navigation within your site.
Expiry: 6 months from end last visit

How to control and delete cookies

The majority of web browsers accept cookies, but you can usually change the web browser’s settings to refuse new cookies, disable existing ones or simply let you know when new ones are sent to your device . In order to do this, follow the instructions provided by your browser (usually located within the “Help”, “Tools” or “Edit” facility). However, please be aware that, if you refuse or disable cookies, some of the website’s functionality may be lost. In addition, disabling a cookie or category of cookie does not delete the cookie from your browser, you will need to do this yourself from within your browser.

Changes to our use of cookies

Any changes to our use of cookies for this website will be posted here and if necessary, signposted from our web pages highlighting any changes.

Contact Information

If you have any queries in relation to this notice, please contact us at privacy@astrazeneca.com