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Cookies: Information and Policy

Gates Museum’s websites use cookies. Cookies are pieces of code that allow small amounts of information to be passed from your internet browser to our web server. Gates Museum use our own cookies, as well as those from third parties, serving several purposes. They allow us to remember whether you are logged in to the site, to remember what items you had in your shopping basket, to serve you with content tailored specifically for you and to help us learn about how you like to use our website and where we can make it better.
Gates Museum will never disclose your personal details to any third parties. All data passed by cookies is anonymous and will never contain your name, address, telephone number, email address, IP address or payment details.
You can learn more about cookies, how we use them, how to manage them and about our third party partnerships below.
What is a cookie?
Cookies are small text files that are created by your browser and placed on your computer or browsing device, at the request of websites that you visit. Cookies allow websites to recognise your computer or web browser. They can help to analyse which products or parts of a website you looked at, and how long for.
Websites may also use web beacons or ‘tags’ to do a similar job. Like cookies, web beacons are used to collect non-personal information about the way you browse websites. An example of this could be remembering what products you placed in your shopping basket last time you visited.
A web beacon is a transparent graphic image that is placed on a website or in an email and is used to see when that web page or email has been displayed.
Third party cookies and web beacons can also be used to help present you with appropriate offers and advertising as you browse other sites on the internet.
  • Cookies and web beacons are not able to retrieve any information from your computer that you have not already given to a website.
  • Cookies and web beacons are not able to be used to put malware or viruses on your computer.
  • Cookies and web beacons are not able to be used to control the functionality or settings of your computer or web browsing device.
Why does Gates Museum use cookies?
Cookies allow us to present you with relevant products and services that are based on the way that you want to use our website, providing you with an enhanced browsing and shopping experience.
For example, cookies allow us to remember what products you placed in your shopping basket, whether you were logged in or not, and what language you were using to read the site last time you visited.
Cookies and web beacons allow us to work alongside our web analytics partner to see how our customers like to use our websites and which pages or special functions they prefer. This helps us to continually improve our service.
Third party cookies and web beacons are also used with our marketing partners to present you with appropriate offers and advertising as you browse other sites on the internet, based on the products you looked at while on our site.
  • Gates Museum’s cookies and those of our third party partners will never be used to collect any personal data. This includes your name, address, telephone number, email address, credit card information or any other payment details.
  • Turning off and deleting cookies
  • Most web browsers will provide the option to disallow cookies and web beacons. How you do this depends on the web browser you’re using. Instructions for disallowing cookies can usually be found in the browser’s ‘Help’ menu.
  • Cookies can also be deleted using your internet browser. However, unless they are disallowed they will be re-applied the next time you visit a website.
In common with most other transactional websites, refusing cookies via your web browser will mean that you are unable to make a transactional purchase on Gates Museum’s websites. You will also find that the functionality of many other websites and services will be affected.
Disallowing cookies will prevent web beacons from tracking your specific activity online. However, web beacons may still record anonymous data from your IP address.
For more detailed information about cookies and web beacons please visit
Where exactly do Gates Museum use cookies?
Cookies are used by all Gates Museum transactional websites:
  • www.Gates
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There are two types of cookie that may be used during your visit to an Gates Museum website:
1. Session cookies
Session cookies are deleted after each ‘session’. For example, when you are browsing an Gates Museum website, it will remember you for the duration of your visit, but the cookie will be removed from your computer as soon as you close down your internet browser.
Without a session cookie, every time you open a new web page the web server where that page is stored will treat you like a completely new visitor and items placed in your shopping basket will disappear by the time you reach the checkout.
2. Persistent cookies
Persistent cookies remember you for a set period of time (unless you delete them).
On your first visit to an Gates Museum site, you will be presented the site in a default manner. Over time, the version of the site you see may change, as persistent cookies remember items you have viewed, preference changes you have made, or whether you logged into or out of your account while browsing.
Here is a list of the different types of cookies used by Gates Museum:
Cookie purpose Cookie type Summary
Transaction Session cookie Used to maintain your transaction with Gates Museum and minimise the need to transfer your information across the internet.
Navigation Last viewed product Used to help you return to the last viewed product, for instance after adding an item to the cart.
Gates Museum third party marketing partner cookies
Gates Museum work with several partners who serve advertisements on our behalf. Most of these third party marketing sites use both session and persistent cookies.
All data collected by these third parties is anonymous and will never contain your name, address, telephone number, email address or payment details. You can delete your cookies at any time from any of the third party marketing sites and technology partners mentioned below. Gates Museum will never disclose your personal details to third parties without your permission.
More information on Gates Museum’s third party, network and supplier relationships — and the Gates Museum’ websites to which they apply can be found below.
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  • Criteo ×
  • Affiliate Window ×
  • Google × × × ×
  • Yahoo! × × × ×
  • MSN/Bing × × × ×
Criteo Technology may place anonymous cookies in your browser. These cookies collect browsing data — like the products you have viewed. This data may then be used by other website(s) in their network to serve advertisements containing products that you may have looked at or similar.
Advertisements will always include a link to Criteo’s Privacy Policy page. If you’d like to opt out of ad targeting, or would like to see more information on why you are being retargeted, simply click the ’i’ which appears in the top left hand corner of every advertisement. Alternatively, if you wish to opt out of receiving Criteo advertisements altogether, please go to
Affiliate Window
Affiliate Window’s tracking technology uses cookies, flash cookies and ETag requests. Flash cookies are similar to normal cookies but they use flash rather than HTML. ETags are pieces of code that behave similarly to cookies and help speed up browsing.
These cookies and tag requests store information on your computer so that when you click on an Affiliate Window link, information is stored about the click – such as the time of day and the advertisement that referred you to us.
Google use session and persistent cookies across their advertising products, and cookies are used by Google partners across their third party advertising network.
Google uses cookies to serve you relevant advertisements based on your recent searches. Anyone can opt out of this and Google also offers a number of options to permanently save your opt-out settings in your browser. Gates Museum use Google cookies to track on-site conversions.
Yahoo! use cookies across their advertising products and their third party advertising network. Yahoo! may set and access Yahoo! cookies on your computer. Yahoo! use web beacons to access Yahoo! cookies inside and outside of their network of websites and in connection with Yahoo! products and services.
MSN / Bing
Bing search use cookies across their advertising products. When you use Bing Search they place a cookie on your machine which contains a unique identifier known as a ‘Search ID’. If you have previously signed into a Microsoft site or service using a Windows Live ID, Gates Museum can also read one or more additional unique identifiers contained in other Microsoft cookies when you conduct a search.