HSBC Cookie Policy

Understanding how and why we use cookies

We use cookies on our sites (assetmanagement.hsbc.com, etf.hsbc.com and any sub-domains) to create the most secure and effective website possible for our customers. This Cookie Policy explains what cookies are, how we use them and what benefits they bring.

As you may be aware, recent legislation requires websites to gain visitors’ consent to use certain cookies. We’re working to implement appropriate changes to our website as soon as possible.

Top three frequently asked questions

Do cookies mean I could get cold calls or junk mail?
We never use the data gathered through cookies to contact you via post, email or phone. We may use cookies to show you subtly tailored content on our site of things we think you might be interested in, but only in relation to HSBC products and services. You will never see advertising on our website from anyone other than HSBC group companies and our agents.

Can cookies pass on my personal information to others?
The only time we may share personal information gathered through cookies, is when you have given us express consent to do so by applying for a product or service.

Do cookies compromise my security when I'm using the site?
The cookies we use are completely safe and secure. In fact, many of them are used purely to provide important security features such as protecting your data and your accounts.

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What are cookies?

Cookies are small text files that are sent to and stored on your computer, smartphone or other device for accessing the internet, whenever you visit a website. Cookies are useful because they allow a website to recognise a user’s device. At HSBC, we use cookies for a variety of reasons, such as to determine preferences, let users navigate between pages efficiently, verify the user and carry out other essential security checks. Some of the functions that cookies perform can also be achieved using similar technologies. This policy refers to ‘cookies’ throughout, however by using the term we includes these alternate mechanisms.

More information about cookies can be found on allaboutcookies.org

How cookies make our website safer and easier to use

Cookies are used for a variety of reasons, such as to safeguard your privacy when browsing the site. They allow you to use functions such as using secure online application forms. If you leave a secure session window open when logged in to a service such as Internet Banking, cookies will enhance your security by prompting you to end, and/or automatically ending, your secure session.

Cookies can also allow us to tailor the content of our website to suit your interests. For example, instead of displaying promotional messages about products you already have, they let us show you other services you may be interested in.

Finally, we use ‘analytics’ cookies to help us make our website better for those who visit it regularly. They help us work out what users like and don’t like and how we can improve things for you.

When we include links to other websites, please bear in mind they will have their own privacy and cookie policies that will govern the use of any information you submit. We recommend you read their policies as HSBC is not responsible or liable for their privacy practices.

How we work with trusted third parties

When you visit our website, you will only be served HSBC-branded advertisements. We only use cookies from trusted third party suppliers in order to provide our customers with HSBC products and services or to monitor usage of our website on an anonymous basis. The only time cookies would enable us to share your information is when you have given us express consent to pass it on to a trusted third party.

How you can manage your cookies

The browsers of most computers, smartphones and other web-enabled devices are typically set up to accept cookies. If you wish to amend your cookie preferences for this website or any other websites, you can do this through your browser settings. Your browser’s ‘help’ function will tell you how to do this.

However, please remember that cookies are often used to enable and improve certain functions on our website. If you choose to switch certain cookies off, it is likely to affect how our website works. For example, if your browser is set to disable ‘session’ cookies, although you will still be able to view our public website, you won’t be able to log on to services such as Internet Banking.

More information about how to disable cookies, visit allaboutcookies.org

More about your privacy

To find out more about how HSBC protects your privacy when using our website, see our Privacy Policy.

Frequently asked questions

Do cookies mean I could get cold calls or junk mail?
We never use the data gathered through cookies to contact you via post, email or phone. We may use cookies to show you subtly tailored content on our site of things we think you might be interested in, but only in relation to HSBC products and services. You will never see advertising on our website from anyone other than HSBC group companies and our agents.

Can cookies pass on my personal information to others?
The only time we may share personal information gathered through cookies, is when you have given us express consent to do so by applying for a product or service.

Do cookies compromise my security when I'm using the site?
The cookies we use are completely safe and secure. In fact, many of them are used purely to provide important security features such as protecting your data and your accounts.

Can cookies allow others access to my computer's hard drive?
The cookies we use cannot look into your computer, smartphone or web-enabled device and obtain information about you or your family or read any material kept on your hard drive.

If I use a public computer, will someone be able to get my details from the cookies?
Our cookies cannot be used by anyone else who has access to the computer to find out anything about you, other than the fact that someone using the computer may have visited a certain website. Our cookies do not in any way compromise the security of Internet Banking.

What has changed, and how does this affect me?
We have always used cookies to create the most secure and effective website for our customers. As part of a change in legislation, all websites are now required to provide additional information on what cookies are, how they are used and what benefits they bring. These changes will not affect the way in which you currently use our website.

Do I need to accept cookies?
The current changes to our website simply explain what cookies are, how we use them and what benefits they bring. You are not currently required to do anything, other than read our Cookie Policy to understand these changes.

Do HSBC Cookies contain my personal information?
Our cookies do not store personal information such as your name, address, telephone or email.

More information about cookies can be found on allaboutcookies.org


The following cookies are used on HSBC

CODE NAME DESCRIPTION
BCSI-CSAC1B1638 This is a tracking cookie used by the MediaMind platform (http://www.mediamind.com/) to track certain campaigns.
CODE NAME DESCRIPTION
LASCIBMINTER0001US_ID This appears to be a cookie set in all the sites. Contact Siab IT for more information
WT_FPC This is a cookie used by the Webtrends system to track user actitivity on the site
czInstitution This is a cookie set to determine which client type has been selected by the user and if the terms and conditions for the Institutions section have been accepted or rejected
cz_gfc_disclaimer This is a cookie set to determine which client type has been selected by the user and if the terms and conditions for the Global Fund Centre section have been accepted or rejected
atFinanziterm This is a cookie set to determine which client type has been selected by the user and if the terms and conditions for the Advisers section have been accepted or rejected
atInstitution This is a cookie set to determine which client type has been selected by the user and if the terms and conditions for the Institutions section have been accepted or rejected
atPrivatkunden This is a cookie set to determine which client type has been selected by the user and if the terms and conditions for the Individuals section have been accepted or rejected
gfc_disclaimer This is a cookie set to determine which client type has been selected by the user and if the terms and conditions for the Global Fund Centre section have been accepted or rejected
frAdvisors This is a cookie set to determine which client type has been selected by the user and if the terms and conditions for the Advisers section have been accepted or rejected
frInstitution This is a cookie set to determine which client type has been selected by the user and if the terms and conditions for the Institutions section have been accepted or rejected
.services.assetmanagement.hsbc.fr This is a cookie set to determine which client type has been selected by the user and if the terms and conditions for the France Services site have been accepted or rejected
services.assetmanagement.hsbc.fr This is a cookie set to determine which client type has been selected by the user and if the terms and conditions for the France Services site have been accepted or rejected
www.etf.hsbc.com This is a cookie set to determine which client type has been selected by the user and if the terms and conditions for the ETF site have been accepted or rejected
deFinanzintermediare This is a cookie set to determine which client type has been selected by the user and if the terms and conditions for the Advisers section have been accepted or rejected
deInstitution This is a cookie set to determine which client type has been selected by the user and if the terms and conditions for the Institutions section have been accepted or rejected
dePrivatkunden This is a cookie set to determine which client type has been selected by the user and if the terms and conditions for the Individuals section have been accepted or rejected
huAdvisers This is a cookie set to determine which client type has been selected by the user and if the terms and conditions for the Advisers section have been accepted or rejected
huInstitution This is a cookie set to determine which client type has been selected by the user and if the terms and conditions for the Institutions section have been accepted or rejected
gfc_disclaimer_pl This is a cookie set to determine which client type has been selected by the user and if the terms and conditions for the Global Fund Centre section have been accepted or rejected
plAdvisers This is a cookie set to determine which client type has been selected by the user and if the terms and conditions for the Advisers section have been accepted or rejected
plInstitutions This is a cookie set to determine which client type has been selected by the user and if the terms and conditions for the Institutions section have been accepted or rejected
plRetail This is a cookie set to determine which client type has been selected by the user and if the terms and conditions for the Retail Clients section have been accepted or rejected
gfc_disclaimer_sk This is a cookie set to determine which client type has been selected by the user and if the terms and conditions for the Global Fund Centre section have been accepted or rejected
skOnas This is a cookie set to determine which client type has been selected by the user and if the terms and conditions for the Onas section have been accepted or rejected
gamNorden This is a cookie set to determine which client type has been selected by the user and if the terms and conditions for the Sweden site have been accepted or rejected
ukAdvisers This is a cookie set to determine which client type has been selected by the user and if the terms and conditions for the Advisers section have been accepted or rejected
ukIndividuals This is a cookie set to determine which client type has been selected by the user and if the terms and conditions for the Individuals section have been accepted or rejected
ukInstitutions This is a cookie set to determine which client type has been selected by the user and if the terms and conditions for the Institutions section have been accepted or rejected
ukPrivateClients This is a cookie set to determine which client type has been selected by the user and if the terms and conditions for the Private Clients section have been accepted or rejected
services.assetmanagement.hsbc.uk This is a cookie set to determine which client type has been selected by the user and if the terms and conditions for the UK Services site have been accepted or rejected
CODE NAME DESCRIPTION
None None