Cookie Policy

Last updated
May 29, 2019
Open Society Foundations
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New York, NY 10019
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This Cookie Policy (Policy) explains how the Open Society Foundations (OSF) uses cookies and other tracking technologies through our website and other sites owned and operated by us.

This Policy is to be read alongside the OSF’s Privacy Policy which explains how OSF uses personal information. If you do not accept our use of cookies please disable them following our guidance below.

What are web cookies?

Web cookies are small files that are placed on your computer or mobile device by a website when you visit it. They contain details of your browsing history on that website and distinguish you from other users. Cookies send data back to the originating website on each subsequent visit or allow another website to recognize the cookie. Cookies are useful because they allow a website to recognize a user’s device and, for instance, remember your preferences and generally improve your online user experience. Like most websites, OSF’s websites use cookies.

Although this Policy refers to the general term “cookie,” which is the main method used by our website to store information, the browser’s local storage space is also used for the same purpose and we may use other tracking technologies through this website such as web beacons, clear GIFs, or pixel tags. We usually use such tracking technologies to count users who visit certain pages of our website and to deliver branded services as well as to help determine the effectiveness of promotional campaigns.

As a result, the information included in this Policy is likewise applicable to all such tracking technologies that we use.

Why do we use cookies?

  1. To let you do things on our website—for example, cookies enable you to log in to secure areas of our website, fill in application forms or view content.
  2. To collect anonymous statistics—the information collected by cookies enables us to improve the website through use figures and patterns. For example, it is really useful to see which pages of the website—and therefore which of our services—are the most popular and how users are interacting with them.
  3. To improve your experience of our website—for example, to prevent you having to re-enter details when you have already done so, or by ensuring that users can find what they are looking for easily.
  4. To ensure that our website is secure—for example, to make sure that personal information that you give to us does not fall into the wrong hands.
  5. To provide you with information and content which we think is relevant to you—for example, to work with our partners to serve you with targeted advertising.

The table below provides more information about the cookies we use and why.

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