Cookie information page

This is the Cookie information page for the website (together the "Websites"). To learn more about how we process your personal data when you visit our Websites or communicate to AkzoNobel, please refer to our Privacy Policy.

What are Cookies?

To offer you better service when visiting websites most sites use cookies; practical technologies that collect and use information, making websites easier to use. Cookies are bits of text that are placed on your computer's hard drive when you visit the Websites. During your visit, the cookie sends data to AkzoNobel.

What do they do?

We use cookies to tell us, for example, whether you have visited us before or if you are a new visitor. It also helps us enhance your online experience while you are visiting our Websites.

Types of cookies we use and what they are used for

AkzoNobel uses different types of cookies. We believe it is very important that you know what data AkzoNobel collects with cookies and that you know which cookies our technology uses and for what purposes they are used.

  • Necessary cookies
    These cookies are strictly necessary to offer the basic functionalities of the Websites, to deliver the service you requested on the Websites and to remember your cookie settings.
  • Non-strictly necessary cookies
    Only if you have given us your prior consent, AkzoNobel places cookies that are not strictly necessary for providing the functionalities of the Websites. Below you will find an overview of the cookies we use, what data they collect and how long they are used.
  • Cookies tailoring the website to your preferences These cookies are used to remember your location preferences or to keep you logged in on secured parts of the Websites after you have closed your browser.

Name of cookiePurpose of cookieRetention periodOperated websites
PHPSESSIDRemembers your language and couutry preference and temporarily stores data you enter into
cc_cookie_acceptRemembers that you accepted to set non-essential cookies1
cc_cookie_acceptRemembers that you declined to set non-essential cookies1

Vimeo cookies

These cookies are not directly set by this site, but are set by functionality from Vimeo that is embedded on the Websites. Vimeo gather aggregated statistical information to provide them with an understanding of the use of videos hosted by them. Playing the video implies allowing Vimeo to set cookies. You can read Vimeo's policy regarding cookies here and a full list of their cookies can be viewed here.

Google Analytics cookies

Google Analytics is a web analysis service offered by Google Inc. (Google). Google uses aggregated statistical information to provide AkzoNobel with an understanding of how website visitors are using the Websites. The data gathered in Google Analytics will be used to analyze how our visitors experience the Websites and how we can improve the Websites. Google is only allowed to provide this information to third parties if Google has a statutory obligation to do so or to the extent that these third parties are processing the information on Google's behalf. Google will not associate your IP address with any other data held by Google. You can find further information about Google Analytics here and here.

Name of cookiePurpose of cookieRetention periodOperated websites
__utmaThis cookie keeps track of the number of times a visitor has been to the site pertaining to the cookie, when its first visit was, and when its last visit occurred. Google Analytics uses the information from this cookie to calculate for example how many Days and Visits it takes until moment of purchase.2
__utmb and __utmcThe __utmb and __utmc cookies are siblings; working together to calculate how long a visit takes. __utmb takes a timestamp of the exact moment in time when a visitor enters a site, while __utmc takes a timestamp of the exact moment in time when a visitor leaves a site. __utmb expires at the end of the session. __utmc has no way of knowing when a user closes their browser or leaves a website, so it waits 30 minutes for another pageview to happen, and if it doesn't, it expires.__utmb: Session __utmc: 30 minutes after last
__utmvIf you are making use of the user-defined report in Google Analytics, and have coded something on your site for some custom segmentation, the __utmv cookie gets set on the person's computer, so that Google Analytics knows how to classify that visitor.2
__utmzThe __utmz cookie keeps track of where the visitor came from, what search engine was used, what link was clicked on, what keyword was used, and where they were in the world when the visitor accessed a website. This cookie is how Google Analytics knows to whom and to what source / medium / keyword to assign the credit for a Goal Conversion or an Ecommerce Transaction.6

How to control, disable and delete cookies

Most internet browsers are initially set up to automatically accept cookies. You can also change the settings to block cookies or to alert you when cookies are being sent to your device.

It is easy to manage cookies. Click on one of the links below to go directly to your browser manual. Remember that you will have to set your preferences again or login again on some websites after removing cookies.

If you do not wish to receive any cookies at all (including those cookies which are necessary to provide the Websites to you), you may set your browser to disable cookies all together. If you disable the cookies that we use, this may impact your experience while on the Websites. For example, you may not be able to visit certain areas of an AkzoNobel website or you may not receive personalized information when you visit an AkzoNobel website.

If you use different devices to view and access the Websites (e.g. your computer, smartphone, tablet etc.) you will need to ensure that each browser on each device is properly adjusted to suit your cookie preferences.

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