Cookie policy

At Bankrate UK, we take security of personal data extremely seriously, so you can be confident that when you visit our site, your data is in good hands. Our privacy policy sets out how we handle your data, and here we explain what cookies are, why we use them, and what it means for you, the user of our site.

Bankrate UK is a trading name of Red Ventures Financial Limited.

What are cookies?

Cookies are small computer files that are downloaded onto your computer’s hard drive when you visit a website, and their function is simply to remember your browsing experience and habits.

There are a number of reasons why a website might use cookies, including:

It is important to remember that cookies do not give websites (including Bankrate UK) access to your computer in any way. Websites can only ever see information that you choose to share.

There are two types of cookie that can be used: session-based cookies and persistent cookies. Session-based cookies are deleted from your computer as soon as you close your web browser or log out from a website. Persistent cookies are stored on your computer until they are deleted or they expire. Persistent cookies will have different expiry dates dependent on the cookie. This is known as the ‘lifetime’ of the cookie.

Within your web browser settings you can choose whether to accept or decline cookies. As a rule most browsers are set to accept cookies by default, but this can be manually modified. Doing this may limit the ways you can use websites, including Bankrate UK.

Types of cookie

We want our users to have the best possible experience on Bankrate UK. To ensure this, we advise that you enable the use of cookies. If cookies are not enabled, it may limit some experiences on the site.

The cookies used on Bankrate UK are based on the International Chamber of Commerce guide for cookie categories:

Strictly necessary cookies

‘Strictly Necessary’ cookies let you navigate the website and use essential features. These cookies do not store any information about you that could be used for marketing or remembering internet history.

Performance cookies

‘Performance’ cookies collect data about how you use Bankrate UK. They allow us to see which pages visitors go to most often and whether they see any error pages. All information is anonymous and is only used to assist us in improving our website performance and to understand what interests our users. They also allow is to measure how effective our advertising is.

Functional cookies

‘Functionality’ cookies are used to provide services or to remember settings to enhance your browsing experience with Bankrate UK.

Targeting or advertising cookies

‘Targeting’ cookies are used by Bankrate UK to deliver more personal and relevant adverts to you based on your interests, and to limit the number of times you see an advertisement (as the cookie will remember that you have already seen it). These cookies are also used to help us measure the effectiveness of any advertising campaign and assess our overall site performance.

Some targeting cookies are linked to services provided by third parties, such as ‘Like’ (Facebook), ‘Follow’ (Twitter) or ‘Share’ (YouTube). These third parties provides these services in return for recognising that you have visited our website. Bankrate UK has no control over how these sites use their cookies, so you should refer to the particular site’s own cookie policy for a full understanding of how they use them.

Third party cookies

Some of the cookies on Bankrate UK are set up on behalf of third-party suppliers for advertising and site analytics purposes. Stringent due diligence is taken to ensure that the third party advertising networks treat your information with the utmost care, and adhere fully to GDPR requirements. Using these third party cookies is part of the process that allows us to offer you a fully functional comparison service.

How to enable cookies on Bankrate UK

By clicking on or navigating this site, you accept our use of cookies as described in our cookie policy and privacy policy. No cookies will be placed on your computer until you do either of these things. Please note that if you do not accept cookies on our site, your online experience may be adversely affected.

How to change your cookie settings in your browser

Most web browsers (such as Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, or Safari) will accept cookies by default. If you wish to change your computer settings to accept, reject, or delete existing cookies, here is a table to help you do that.

Browser Steps Action
Internet Explorer Click on the Main menu button > Options > Privacy & Security > History Select your cookie settings
Firefox Click on the Main menu button > Options > Privacy & Security > History
Safari Click on Safari > Preferences > Privacy
Chrome Click on the Main menu button > Settings > Advanced > Privacy & Security
Opera Click on Settings > Privacy & Security
Microsoft Edge Click on the Main menu button > Settings > View Advanced Settings > Cookies