This Cookie Notice ("Notice") explains how the International Rescue Committee ("IRC") uses cookies and other tracking technologies through our websites https://www.refugee.info, https://www.rescue-uk.org and www.rescue.org.  This Notice is to be read alongside the IRC's Privacy Notice https://www.rescue-uk.org/respecting-your-privacy which explains how the IRC 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 recognise the cookie. Cookies are useful because they allow a website to recognise a user's device and, for instance, remember your preferences and generally improve your online user experience. Like most websites, the IRC's websites use cookies.

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

You can find out more about cookies at www.allaboutcookies.org.

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 usage 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.

Name of cookie Provider Purpose of the cookie Duration
Google Analytics Google There cookies are used to collect information about how visitors use our websites. We use the information to compile reports and help us improve the site. The cookies collect information in an anonymous form, including the number of visitors to the sites, where visitors have come to the site from and the pages they have visited. Click here for an overview of privacy at Google. Session

IRC also uses some cookies which are strictly necessary in order for you to use our services available on our website.

Website cookie acceptance

By reading the cookie prompt when you visit the website you consent to our use of cookies as updated from time to time. In particular, you consent to cookies being stored on your computer and/or mobile device (unless rejected or disabled by your browser).

Turning cookies off

Internet browsers normally accept cookies by default. However, most browsers let you turn off either all or third-party cookies. What you are able to do depends on which browser you are using. If you do not accept our use of cookies as set out above, please set your browser to reject cookies, visit http://www.youronlinechoices.com/uk/ to learn more about cookie or install a cookie disabler such as https://www.ghostery.com/ or optout.aboutads.info or http://optout.networkadvertising.org/\ However, please be aware that by not accepting our use of cookies this may impair or limit your ability to use our website. The functionality  to do this is usually found in the options, settings or preferences menu of your browser or mobile device.

You may opt-out of Google's analytics cookies by visiting Google's opt-out page - https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout.

Click on the links below to find out how to change your cookie settings in:

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iPhone and iPad


More information about online advertising

The advertising companies we work with generally use cookies and similar tracking technologies as part of their services. To learn more about how advertisers generally use cookies and the choices they offer, and the steps you can take to choose which cookies you can accept or reject, you can review the website of the European Interactive Digital Alliance.

In addition, there is software available which enables you to use settings that allow to you choose which cookies are set on your computer or mobile device, such as the Ghostery app.

Updating this Notice

We may update our use of cookies from time to time and consequently we may update this Notice. We therefore recommend that you check this Notice regularly. We will notify you of any significant changes by way of a notice on our website or by contacting you directly when reasonably possible.