We don't mean the edible kind
So you can understand more about how cookies work, this page will tell you:
- What cookies, web beacons and other similar technologies are
- How to manage your cookies
What are cookies, web beacons, and similar technologies?
When websites talk about cookies, they're not talking about the edible kind.
Cookies are small text files (typically made up of letters and numbers) placed in the memory of your browser or device when you visit a website or view an email. Cookies allow a website to recognise a particular device or browser during a visit and on subsequent visits.
There are two main types of cookie
- Session cookies are only active during the time you're viewing a particular website. They recognise your device as you move between pages, and are often used to keep you logged in when you move from page to page on a website.
- Persistent cookies remain active on your device for a set period of time. They can be used for things like remembering you for your next visit and recognising you when you return to a website. They are very useful for remembering your username.
As well as cookies, websites use other similar technology including web beacons. When we talk about cookies in this policy we also mean these technologies that act in the same way. For clarity:
- Web beacons are small graphic images (also known as "pixel tags" or "clear GIFs") that may be included on sites, services, applications, messaging, and tools, that typically work in conjunction with cookies to identify your behaviour.
- Other similar technologies can store information in your browser or device utilising local shared objects or local storage such as flash cookies, HTML 5 cookies, and other web application software methods. These technologies can operate across all of your browsers, and in some instances may not be fully managed by your browser and may require management directly through your installed applications or device.
The source of each cookie can vary. Some cookies are owned and created by the website you're viewing at the time - we call these first-party cookies. Others can be supplied by an independent company and are known as third-party cookies.
We include both Session and Persistent Cookies on our Capital One websites, and use both our own (first party) and partners' (third party) cookies.
Don't worry about personal information being tracked, as none of these cookies store personally identifiable information.
There are four kinds of cookies:
As their name suggests, Strictly Necessary Cookies are essential for our websites to work properly. For example, our session cookie remembers the journey through the Capital One site so you get the right application form for the card you want.
If you disable these cookies in your browser, certain areas of our site will no longer work. It also means we can't protect your security during certain processes, like when you apply for a credit card.
Here are some examples of how we use Strictly Necessary Cookies:
- Enable you to apply for a credit card and use our eligibility checking tool
- To help keep your information secure
- To make secure payments to your credit card when you use Online Account Services
- Enable us to pay our partners for advertising a Capital One product
These cookies are used to help us improve our services and our website. They gather information about how you use our site; including which pages you visit and which areas you click on.
They also allow us to test new pages and evaluate their effectiveness, making sure we deliver the most relevant information to you and helping us design a better experience.
Some examples of what Performance Cookies do:
- Provide statistics on website usage
- Help us improve the website by identifying errors
- Help us test different website designs
- Personalise our website to meet your individual needs
If you disable Performance Cookies in your browser you may find we are unable to optimise our website or provide as relevant content as we otherwise may have been able to.
If you use Online Account Servicing, our partner Adobe Digital Marketing Suite provides statistics, or web analytics, about website usage. If you would
like to opt out of all Adobe Digital Marketing Suite cookies on our site (and any other websites that use Adobe Digital Marketing Suite), please go to
the Adobe Digital Marketing Suite website opens in a new window . This will not affect
your usage of Online Account Servicing.
From time to time we use Google Analytics on our website. This is a web analytics service provided by Google, Inc. Google Analytics sets a cookie in order
to evaluate use of our website and compile reports for us. If you would like to opt out of all Google Analytics cookies on our website (and any other
websites that use Google Analytics), please go to the Google Analytics website opens in a new window .
These cookies help make our site easier to use by remembering the choices you make. For example we may store a cookie on your device to remember your username each time you login.
If you use Online Account Services, we'll use a cookie to remember that and we may choose to show you different information when you visit our website that we believe is more relevant to you.
Some examples of what Functionality Cookies do:
- Remember your username
- Identify that you are a Capital One customer
You can choose to not to allow these cookies, but you will then find you can't use some of the helpful features we have available on our websites. You can enable or disable individual cookies through the internet browser on your device, or where we provide a tick box to certain features, e.g. remembering your user name, simply do not tick the box if you do not want cookies to be used.
Targeting & Advertising
- Provide advertisers, including Google, with information about your visit to our websites so they can show you advertising that is relevant to you.
- Limit the number of times you see an advertisement.
- Help measure the effectiveness of an advertising campaign.
- Help us to improve the targeting of our advertising by excluding recent applicants and customers from adverts or identifying audiences who are more likely to respond
Disabling Targeting and Advertising Cookies on our websites doesn't mean that you will not see any Capital One advertising on the internet, but it may mean that the advertising you do see will not be tailored to your likely interests or preferences. If you would like to know more about Targeting and Advertising cookies, opting out or altering other advertising cookies from across the web, visit Your Online Choices opens in a new window . Here you can also set your online behavioural advertising preferences as a whole or for individual companies.
Managing cookie preference
You can control how cookies are placed on your device and remove existing cookies using your web browser settings.
You'll also find useful information on how to manage your cookies at All About Cookies opens in a new window or the network advertising initiative opens in a new window .