Cookie Policy

Cookies are a standard feature in browser software to enhance your experience on the site.  These are small files that your web browser places on your hard drive for record keeping purposes. 

The help function on most web browsers tells you how to set your browser to notify you before accepting a cookie, or to disable cookies entirely.  However, if you don’t accept cookies, you won’t receive the benefits that cookies provide to users of our site.  This site has some useful information.

Our cookies help us:

  • Make our website work as you would expect
  • Anonymously record information about visits to the site
  • Remember your settings during and between visits
  • Improve the speed and security of the site
  • Allow you to share pages on social networks like Facebook
  • Continuously improve our website for you

We do not use cookies to:

  • Collect any personally identifiable information (without your express permission)
  • Pass data to advertising networks
  • Pass personally identifiable data to third parties

Global Witness (like most websites) uses analytical tools like Google Analytics to understand how users use our website. This collects information such as how many pages are viewed, which we can then use to analyse traffic and make the website function better.  This information is anonymous, and we do not use cookies to track any personally identifiable information of our visitors to our site.

Third party cookies

Buttons on our webpages enable you to share via social media such as Facebook and Twitter. You can find more details about their service and their Privacy Policy here

Facebook cookies are examples of ‘third party’ cookies on our site. If you click a function on our website that is associated with these parties (e.g. to share or tweet a piece of information), they will place cookies on your computer. We do not take responsibility for these cookies, as to make use of these functions you will have already accepted the terms and conditions of use with the relevant party.

We embed videos on our site using Vimeo and YouTube  which set cookies on your computer once you click on the video player. We do not take responsibility for these cookies; to find out more please visit Vimeo’s and YouTube’s privacy policies.

Can I refuse cookies?

You can use a setting on your browser to refuse to accept cookies. However, if you select this option the site may not work smoothly. Different browsers have different instructions for managing cookies and you may also be able to accept certain cookies and not others. For example, you may be able to refuse third party cookies. 

Rather than switching off cookies in your browser you may find that anti-spyware software achieves the same purpose by automatically deleting cookies considered to be intrusive. See this link for information.

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