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Cookie Policy


Data Protection



Cookie Policy

What are cookies?

Cookies are small text files that can be used by web sites to make a user's experience more efficient.

The law states that we can store cookies on your machine if they are essential to the operation of this site but that for all others we need your permission to do so.

The CIOB website(s) does use some non-essential cookies. We do not do this to track individual users or to identify them, but to gain useful knowledge about how the site is used so that we can keep improving it for our users. Without the knowledge we gain from the systems that use these cookies we would not be able to provide the service we do.

Although cookies cannot carry viruses, and cannot install malware on the host computer, tracking cookies and especially third-party tracking cookies are commonly used as way to compile long-term records of individuals' browsing histories - a major privacy concern that prompted European and US law makers to take action.

Cookies we use


Authentication session to prevent having to login multiple times in one browser session.



This helps the website understand browser Javascript functionality.

Also informs the content management system whether you have javascript enabled in your browser settings.

It can deliver content in a suitable way depending on your settings. It expires when you close the browser


Google Analytics cookies

__utma Used to determine unique visitors by Google Analytics

__utmb Used to maintain session for Google Analytics

__utmc Used to maintain session for Google Analytics

__utmz Used by Google Analytics to track referrals and search engine results

__utmv Used by Google Analytics to track custom variables


AddThis cookies

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 This cookie contains the user's session ID and the cookie will expire at the end of the session



This states that the user is logged in, contains some information about who the user is


Further reading/ help

To read about what the ICO's guidelines are with regards to cookies, please visit their website

More information about cookies, including how to block them or delete them, can be found at this link.

You can also contact the CIOB web team on + 44 (0) 1344 630 738, Monday to Thursday, between 9:00 and 17:00 or between 9:00 and 16:45 on Fridays, or email


Unless otherwise stated, the contents of and related CIOB websites are copyright © CIOB 2015.

To reproduce any content from this website, please contact the Web and Communications editor on Tel: +44 (0) 1344 630 750 or email

The Chartered Institute of Building, CIOB and Lion Mark are UK registered trade marks for The Chartered Institute of Building. 

Data Protection

The CIOB processes all data in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998. For more information about how we use data about you, please contact the Business Information Manager, on +44 (0) 1344 630 700, Monday to Thursday between 9:00 and 17:00 GMT or Fridays between 9:00 and 16:45 GMT, or email:


1. Information held on the site is deemed accurate at the time and date of publication.

2. Information on this site is not necessarily the opinion of The CIOB.

3. The CIOB does not guarantee accuracy or take any responsibility for the information contained on this website.

4. The CIOB does not take any liability for information contained on third party websites, accessed through, and The CIOB does not approve the contents of these sites.

5.The CIOB reserves the right to revise the Terms at any time.

6.The website and these Terms are governed by English Law and exclusive jurisdiction of the Courts of England and Wales.