Cookie Policy

What are cookies?

Cookies are small text files that are placed on your computer by the websites that you visit. Cookies are often required to make websites work. They can also be used to improve a user's experience when visiting a website or provide information to a website's owner about how their site is used. The use of cookies is now standard for most websites.

How we use cookies

The cookies used by Armstrong Watson fall broadly into two categories - first party (cookies set directly by our wesbsite) and third party (cookies set by other websites and services used by our website). An example of a first party cookie is the has_js cookie set by our website. This this tells us wether a visitor is using a JavaScript enabled browser. Knowing this allows us deliver appropriate technology to that user. An example of a third party cookie would be the VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE cookie set by YouTube videos embedded in our site. This cookie remembers a visitors bandwidth and decides what player interace should be delivered.

Cookies used by our site can be further categorised as follows

  • Functional (cookies necessary to make our website work)
  • Statistical (cookies that anonymously track visitor behaviour on our site so that we can better understand how our site is used and provide better content and user experience)
  • Marketing (cookies used by third party services to track visitors across websites with the intention of providing relevant and engaging content or advertising for the individual user)

The following tables show examples of cookies set by our site and third party services embedded in our site.

Functional cookies

has_js Armstrong Watson Indicates if the browser has JavaScript enabled
advagg_fonts Armstrong Watson Improves delivery of custom fonts in the browser
adaptive_image Armstrong Watson Stores device resolution for delivery of suitable image sizes
cookie-agreed Armstrong Watson Remembers state of consent

Statistical cookies

_ga Google Analytics Collects anonymous data about site usage
_gid/td> Google Analytics Tracks users between sessions anonymously
_gat_gtag_ [ID of website] Google Analytics Identifies the Google Analytics account in use
gwcc Google Analytics Tracks call conversions

Marketing/third party cookies

_fbp Facebook Used to deliver advertising products
__widgetsettings Twitter Embedded Twitter feed
VISITOR_INFO_1_LIVE YouTube Used to deliver bandwidth appropriate content

External sites

Armstrong Watson use some third party websites to deliver content. For example Social Media content is delivered via Twitter, Linkedin and Facebook. Job vacancies are provided by Candidate Manager. For information about how these external sites use cookies please see their individual privacy policies. 


  • Twitter
  • Linkedin
  • Facebook
  • Candidate Manager

How can I stop my browser storing cookies?

You can prevent cookies from being stored, or delete cookies already stored, on your computer by adjusting the settings for your web browser. You should refer to your browser's help pages or manual for instructions.