Use of cookies by the FCA

This cookie notice applies to the FCA Handbook website pages

A cookie is a small file of letters and numbers that we store on your browser or the hard drive of your electronic device (such as a laptop, mobile or tablet). Cookies are widely used for website’s functionality, or to make it operate more efficiently, as well as to provide information to the owners of the site.

We use the following types of cookies:

  • Necessary cookies: Necessary cookies enable core functionality on our website such as security, network management, and accessibility. You may disable these by changing your browser settings, but this may affect how the website functions.
  • Non-essential cookies: These are optional cookies for the visitor of our website. We only use these cookies to provide us with anonymous data. We rely upon your consent to allow us to do this. We use Analytical (or statistical) cookies to understand the usability of our website. This information is processed in a way which does not identify any individual and only used for statistical and analytical data. This helps us to improve the way our website works, for example, such as understanding the number of visitors to our website and its sections.

To understand how the FCA collects and processes personal data please refer to the FCA Handbook privacy policy.

The table below explains the cookies we use and why:


Cookie name




Google Analytics


These cookies are used to collect information about how visitors use our website. We use the information to compile reports and to help us improve the website. The cookies collect information in a way that does not directly identify anyone, including the number of visitors to the website and blog, where visitors have come to the website from and the pages they visited. Read Google's overview of privacy and safeguarding data


Expires after 2 years



Expires after 24hours

Google Analytics


This cookie enables us to limit the amount of data recorded by Google on our site.

Non-essential (Analytical)

Expires after 1 hour

Performance cookie


This cookie enables us to distinguish users and is used to collect statistics about site usage, such as when the visitor last visited the site.

Non-essential (Analytical)

The longest expiry period is 1000 days.

ASP Identity cookie


This cookie contains user Identity Claims and is encrypted using ASP.NET Identity middleware. The cookie is issued when the user logs into the website and will be sent upon subsequent requests.


Expires after 24 hours or when the user signs-out of the website

Content management cookies


This is an anti-forgery cookie set by web applications built using ASP.NET MVC technologies. It is designed to stop unauthorised posting of content to a website, known as Cross-Site Request Forgery. It holds no information about the user and is destroyed on closing the browser.


After browsing session

Content management cookies


When a user browses to the website, a unique session ID will be associated with the user to keep track of any information that is stored for that session. This information is stored on the Web Server (known as storing information in session) and is identified via a GUID. The GUID is stored in the cookie (known as the ASP.NET_SessionID) and is essential for any ASP.NET website to function correctly. If nothing is put in the session however, no cookie will be sent to the browser so this cookie will only be created when it is needed.


This cookie will expire at the end of the session which is defined in the application configuration (which is normally around 20 minutes)

AWS_web traffic management


This cookie generates the AWS ELB application load balancer and works with the cookie listed below.


7 days

AWS_web traffic management


This cookie is managed by AWS and is used for load balancing.


7 days

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Microsoft Edge
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