You may visit this blog without revealing any information about yourself. Where we request specific information, we will always respect the personal information you send us. We strictly follow the principles set out in the Data Protection Act 1998 and we take all reasonable steps to ensure your personal data is protected against unauthorised access. We will not request information unless it is necessary and will ensure appropriate measures are taken to keep information accurate, up-to-date and to prevent disclosure.
At appropriate places on this blog, where we ask you to provide information about yourself, you will find a Fair Collection Notice which specifies what we do with your data.
We will never sell your information to other companies but may disclose your information to our service providers and regulators. This includes any person or company to whom we delegate responsibility for the administration, operation and/or maintenance of this blog.
We use software to monitor what parts of this blog customers visit so that we can continue to improve the service that we provide. This does not store any data about you personally.
We will only keep your information for as long as is necessary for the provision of the relevant services to you.
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Cookies can be classified by duration and by source:
Session cookies – a cookie that is stored temporarily and is destroyed when you close the link
Persistent tracker cookies – a cookie that enables a website to remember you on subsequent visits, speeding up or enhancing your experience of services or functions offered.
Cookies can be classified as first party or third party cookies if they are either issued by the web site that you are visiting or by a site other than the one you are currently surfing.
The cookies used by M&G fall into the following categories:
Essential (classified as ‘strictly necessary’) cookies: these are essential in order to enable you to move around the website and use its features, such as accessing secure areas. For example within the ‘My Account’ area of our End Investor site, a session cookie is only stored on your computer’s hard drive for the duration of your visit (known as an ‘active session’). It is removed as soon as the active session has ended.
Performance cookies: these are used for web analytics to track site usage, page visits and monitor visitor trends over time. The data collected is limited to managing the performance and design of the site. These cookies are third-party cookies (Google Analytics) but the information obtained is for the exclusive use of M&G.
Functionality cookies: these allow the website to remember choices you make (such as language or the region you are in) and provide enhanced, more personal features. M&G uses functionality cookies to identify professional investors and direct them to the appropriate area of the site.
Advertising cookies: we use persistent third party cookies to track user history for advertising and targeted marketing purposes. We also use pixel tags or transparent GIF files (also known as beacons) in combination with cookies to target and personalize content. These cookies do not compromise your privacy or security as they do not hold any specific personal data about you:
DoubleClick by Google – ad management and serving solution that helps agencies and advertisers manage the scope of digital advertising programmes.
Other third party cookies – we also use embedded widgets on some sites to enable content sharing through social networks. These widgets, such as a Facebook “Share” or “Like” button, will be visible to you on the page you visit. We do not control the use of these cookies and you should check the third-party website to understand their data collection practices and controls.
Opt Out for Cookies
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You can find out more about cookies at www.allaboutcookies.org and the site will give you guidance on how to control and delete unwanted cookies you have already accepted.
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