Cookies are small text files which are stored on your computer or mobile device when you visit some websites.
They enhance your browsing experience in various ways, which include remembering your preference settings, displaying relevant content and ensuring pages function as intended.
The main types of cookie
These only last for the duration of your visit and are deleted when you close your browser. Session cookies are typically used to track your movements between pages and to remember information entered within that session – often aiding website functionality or security.
These are not deleted when you close your browser and will be stored after your visit. Persistent cookies are typically used to store your preferences for future visits and to provide targeted advertising based on your browsing activities and interests.
Please note: each of the categories below contains a combination of both session-based and persistent cookies. Cookies don’t capture any personal information. All information is encrypted for security.
The cookies we use
Strictly necessary cookies:
As the name suggests, these cookies are essential to help you use our website and its features to their full potential. Strictly necessary cookies are not used to gather information about you for marketing or research purposes.
For example, necessary cookies:
- Support our online credit card application form.
- Help to keep your information secure e.g. by monitoring the computer you log in from.
These cookies collect details about your website activities, e.g. the pages you visited most often. We use this information to assess and improve our website.
For example, performance cookies:
- Provide us with statistics about how customers use our website.
- Help us to identify service improvements.
- Help us to test website designs and personalise content.
These cookies make our website easier to use by remembering choices you’ve made, e.g. visual display settings which make our website more accessible. They help us provide things like video content, or adverts about relevant products and services. We may also use them to test new page designs.
For example, functionality cookies:
- Store your preferences.
- Identify you as an existing MBNA customer.
- Monitor and/or record your activities for legal and regulatory purposes.
These cookies are used to deliver advertisements more relevant to your personal interests, limit the number of times you see any particular advert and measure their effectiveness - this is also known as behavioural advertising. Cookies record your visit and website activities to be used for marketing purposes - information may be shared with third party organisations, such as advertisers.
For example, targeting cookies:
- Securely provide information, so advertisers can display more relevant content.
- Limit the number of times you see any individual advert.
- Help us measure the effectiveness of advertising campaigns.
- Help us to target our advertising to the right audience.
We often enlist the expertise of trusted third parties to help us with this. Just be aware that third parties will have their own privacy policies and they may be different from ours. Some third parties may give us information about you (such as sites you have visited) which we may use to provide you with more relevant advertising when you visit our site. We do not provide any personal information to any third parties that display our advertisements.
Look for the AdChoices icon on MBNA advertisements you see anywhere online, other than on our own website. Selecting it will give you access to more information and the opportunity to opt out.
To learn more:
Read about the Internet Advertising Bureau’s Online Behavioural Advertising Framework at: iabeurope.eu/news
To learn about privacy and behavioural advertising, visit: youradchoices.com
You can control how cookies are placed on your computer or mobile device by changing your internet browser settings. You can also allow cookies from specific websites by making them ‘Trusted websites’.
You can delete existing cookies from your browser and if you completely disable cookies we won’t gather any further information, but we may still use information we’ve collected in the past.
Please note: if you use multiple internet browsers/computers/mobile devices, you’ll need to update your settings on each in order to disable cookies completely.
Important: restricting cookies could mean you experience difficulty when using some online services. As an example, you may not be able to complete our online application form, as it relies on cookies to deliver critical functionality.
On our websites you may find links to external websites - these are provided for your convenience, but we don’t endorse, guarantee or monitor products, services, or views which they offer or express. Please be aware that these websites should be covered by their own cookie policies.
Want to know more?
To read a guide about cookies from the Interactive Advertising Bureau, visit: allaboutcookies.org
If you need assistance, please contact us.