Cookie Policy

The GOU Group Cookie Policy was updated on October 15th, 2019.

What are cookies?

Our website uses cookies. Cookies are small text files that are stored on your computer (or internet-enabled device) by websites you visit. They are widely used in order to make websites work and to improve their efficiency, as well as to provide website usage information to the website owner.

Why do we use cookies?

Our website uses cookies to distinguish you from other users of our website in order to help us to improve your experience when you browse our website. (For example, they allow you to navigate between pages efficiently and to log in to areas of the websites for which you choose to register) and for the purpose in points below.

What cookies do we use?

Our websites use three kinds of cookie (using categories suggested in the International Chamber of Commerce UK’s (“ICC”) Cookie guide):

  • Strictly necessary cookies;
  • Performance cookies; and
  • Targeting cookies.

For more information on these categories, please see the EU Cookie guide available here.

Strictly necessary cookies

These are essential to enable you to move around our websites and to allow the features of the sites to work correctly. Without these, services you request – such as navigating between pages – cannot be provided.

Performance cookies/technologies

These enable us to collect information about how you use our websites or read our publications, for instance which pages are viewed by visitors most frequently. All information collected in this way is used to improve how our websites work or the effectiveness of our client publications.

Third party websites

Our website link through to third party websites (including, for example for the delivery of podcasts) which may also use cookies over which we have no control. We recommend that you check the relevant third party’s privacy policies for information about any cookies which may be used.

Consent & control

When you sign up via our website to receive services which we are aware use performance or targeting cookies or clear gifs (see above) or their equivalent, we will inform you as part of the registration process and ask you to consent to these. If you do not wish to consent then please do not sign up for the service.


If you wish to restrict, block or delete the cookies which are set by any websites, you can generally do this through your browser settings. The “Help” function within your browser should tell you how.


Alternatively, you may wish to visit which contains information on how to block cookies from a wide variety of browsers. You will also find details on how to delete cookies from your computer as well as more general information about cookies.


Please note that by deleting or blocking cookies, our websites may not function correctly and you may not be able to access certain areas.


We may need to update this Cookie Policy in the future and so encourage you to review this Cookie Policy periodically to stay informed about how we are using cookies. This cookie policy was last updated January 2019.

Further information

You can find more information about cookies at: and for a video about cookies visit


If you have any questions or comments regarding this Cookie Policy, please email