Cookie policy

In this section you will find information on what cookies may be set when you visit one of our websites or use a Dr Foster online tool.

When we provide services, we want to make them easy, useful and reliable. Where services are delivered on the internet, this sometimes involves placing small amounts of information on your device, for example, computer or mobile device. These include small files known as cookies. They cannot be used to identify you personally.

What are cookies?

A cookie is a small amount of data sent to your computer or mobile phone from a website. This means the website can recognise your device (your computer or mobile phone) if you return to the same site.

A cookie often includes a unique identifier, which is a randomly generated number. This is stored on your device’s hard drive. Many cookies are automatically deleted after you finish using a website.

Cookies are not programs and do not collect information from your device.

Cookies make your experience of using websites faster and easier. They allow websites to create a customised view of pages to which you navigate. For example, they are commonly used to authenticate or identify registered users of a website without requiring them to sign in each time they access it. Other uses include maintaining a ‘shopping basket’ of goods a user has chosen to purchase, site personalisation (presenting different pages to different users) and tracking the pages a user has visited on a site for analysis purposes.

Cookies may come with or without an expiry date. Cookies without an expiry date exist until the browser is closed, while cookies with an expiry date may be stored by the device until the expiry date passes.

How to manage your cookies

Cookies are sent to your browser (whether you use Internet Explorer, Firefox, Google Chrome, Safari or any other browser) by a website and then stored in the cookies directory of your device.

To check and update your cookies settings, you will need to know what browser you are using and what version of it you have. You can usually find this out by opening the browser (just as though you were going to use the internet) and then clicking on ‘Help’ and then ‘About’. This will give you information about the browser version you are using.

To find out how to allow, block, delete and manage the cookies on all standard web browsers, go to and select the browser and version you are using. You’ll also find information about how to delete cookies from your computer.

Dr Foster Intelligence cookies

The following are cookies you may come across on our websites or web tools.



Purpose: We use Google Analytics to record information about which pages are visited and how users navigate through our websites and tools. This data enables us to understand the volume of people accessing our websites, the specific areas that are most frequently visited, the internet browsers that are being used and the geographic location of our users.

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Purpose: The BUPA consultant guide website uses a third party service to gather data regarding the usage of the site. This information helps us to improve the service for visitors and understand the type of information that is most commonly accessed.