Cookie Policy

Our website uses cookies, as almost all websites do, to help provide you with the best experience we can. 

Cookies are a standard feature in browser software to enhance your experience on the site.  These are small text files that your web browser places on your computer or mobile phone. 

Global Witness uses cookies to compile statistical data on the use of our website and its functioning; to make it easier for users to navigate through the website and to allow you to share our web pages through social media platforms.

Our cookies help us:

  • Make our website work as you would expect
  • 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
  • Make our marketing more efficient by tailoring and measuring ads.

Cookies settings

If you do not wish to receive cookies you can set your web browser to notify when they are set, and to restrict or block them. Your cookies settings are usually found in the ‘options’ or ‘preferences’ menu of your browser.  

However, if you don’t accept cookies, you won’t receive the benefits that cookies provide to users of our site.  If you only want to accept our own cookies but not the cookies of our service providers and partners, select the “block third-party cookies” (or similar setting in your browser).   

The following sites have some useful information about cookies and how to configure settings for different browsers: and

Cookies used on our site

First party cookies

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.  

Third party cookies 

Facebook and Twitter 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 embed videos on our site using Vimeo and YouTube and audio using Soundcloud, which set cookies on your computer once you click on the video or audio player. 

Global Witness does not govern the publication of third-party cookies. Please visit the relevant third parties’ website if you want to understand more about these cookies,  such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Vimeo or Soundcloud.

Facebook pixel tag

We use both Facebook pixel tags. Pixel tags are used to track conversion from social media to our website. Find out more about Facebook Pixels 

Names of cookies that we use

Set by our CMS:

  • one session token set for admins


  • one Cloudfare one (explanation here)
  • a CSRF one set by form submission (this is for site security)

First party:

  • google analytics
  • google tag manager 

Third party

  • Facebook, for the social share buttons 
  • Twitter, for social sharing
  • Youtube, for embedding videos


  • Facebook pixel tag 

Can I refuse cookies?

As set out above, 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. 

This policy was updated on 24 May 2018 and will be updated from time to time to reflect changes of use of cookies and legislative or regulatory developments.

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