Cookies Notice

We use “cookies” to identify you when you visit our website.


What are cookies?

Cookies are small text files that are transferred from the website to your computer, phone or tablet. Websites store cookies on your internet browser (Chrome, Firefox or Internet Explorer, for example) when you visit. Every time you return to the site and navigate around it picks up these bits of information.

Why do websites use cookies?

There are several types of cookie and they each have different functions and uses. Some cookies can be really helpful and most websites rely on them in order to work properly and to understand what their users do when they visit.
For example, when you donate on MSF UK a cookie helps the Website ‘remember’ which kind of donation you have chosen as you move through the process. Cookies are also crucial for understanding how people use a website and which articles or sections are popular. This can help make websites more engaging, which can assist with how we develop the Website in the future.
Cookies are also used by advertising companies to direct adverts at people who might have shown an interest in the company, product or service before when surfing the web.

Types of cookies

The four categories, from the least to the most intrusive, are:

1. Strictly necessary

These cookies mark when you’ve visited our website and the pages you visit. They don't gather information about you that could be used for marketing or remember where you've been on the internet.
These cookies only last until you close your browser.

2. Performance

These cookies help us understand how you use our website and if users have had any problems.
They also let us know if you see one of our adverts online or click on our banners.
The information they gather is anonymous. We only use the information to improve the way the Website works.

3. Functionality

These cookies remember any choices you've made on a website. This could be changing the text size, preferences or colour.
They can also remember if you've already completed a survey. They can’t track you on other websites.

4. Targeting

These cookies collect info for third parties and remember what you looked at on a website.
They’re used for things including ‘Like’ and ‘Share’ buttons, as well as online advertising.
Do you see ads for things you've looked at online appear on random websites? It's because of targeting cookies. What cookies do we use?
We use all four kinds of cookies on our Websites. We only use them when we feel they’re useful and can benefit our visitors or help us spend donor money more effectively.

The cookies the MSF International Blogging Platform uses


Type of cookie

What it does

When it expires

ASP session ID This cookie is used by our website to mark your session on the website (i.e. one visit). When you exit the browser
PREF Stores settings like your preferred language or text size. Two years
Google Analytics

We use Google analytics to see how our site is performing e.g. what articles are read, how many donations we receive and where visitors come from. The full list of Google Analytics cookies are below.

Google analytics collects no personal data or IP addresses.

Visitor ID: _utma Contains a unique ID, the date and time of first visit and total no of visits made. Two years
Session ID: _utmb Contains pages visited and decides when a session has timed out. Thirty minutes of inactivity
Session ID: _utmc Registers that the visit has ended. When you exit the browser
Campaign tracker: utmz Contains traffic information for the current visit, if different from previous. Six months
Chatfuel Chatfuel is an automated "bot" we use on Facebook Messenger to send updates and news to people who subscribe. This is done in accordance with Facebook’s and Chatfuel’s policies. You can read more about Chatfuel’s policies here:  

We use hotjar to help us understand how visitors engage with our website, e.g. which page designs work or what routes visitors may take to apply for a job.

We also use hotjar to run site surveys, asking you for feedback or improvements.

Hotjar collects no personal data and masks IP addresses.

One year
Google Optimize

We use Google Optimize to help us understand how visitors engage with our website, e.g. which page designs work or what routes visitors take to apply for a job.

Google Optimize collects no personal data or IP addresses.

Ninety days

Google Adwords:

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We use Google Adwords to help us create more targeted adword campaigns, these are the adverts you see in search results.

Identifies location, device used, page views, transaction and value.

Google adwords collects no personal data or IP addresses.

Two years

Google other:

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We use these cookies to supplement the Google Adword cookies, they help us attribute campaign success.

Creates a unique hashed ID based on the page visited when the user comes through adwords.

Google other collects no personal data or IP addresses.

Ninety days

Google DoubleClick:


We use Google DoubleClick to monitor the performance of our digital marketing campaigns, the ones that you see in other websites.

Creates a unique transaction ID and identifies location, device used, page wiews, transactions and value.

Google double click collects no personal data or IP addresses.

Two years

We use Facebook to see if our paid Facebook campaigns are effective. It also helps us find out if we’re talking to the right people. This is done in accordance with Facebook’s policies.

You can read more about Facebook’s policies here:

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We use Disqus so you can comment on our blog articles. Disqus doesn’t require cookies to use it’s basic functionality and deoesnt collect personal data and masks IP addresses. However, if you log in it will store your email, IP address and other login details. Find out more about Disqus’s use of cookies:  

Controlling cookies


Most web browsers automatically accept cookies, but you should be able to change your browser to prevent that. You can control and/or delete cookies at any time.

Here are the guides on removing cookies from Chrome, from Firefox, from Safari, from Edge.

If you are concerned about cookies in general consider using Firefox as your browser.

You can also use adblockers for tighter controls. Widely used are AdblockPlus and Ghostery.

For more information about the use of cookies visit the ICO website.

We update our cookies from time to time, so please check this notice regularly.

Last updated: 24 May 2021