What is a cookie?
A "cookie" is a small file sent by the BNP Paribas Fortis server to the hard drive of your computer (or any mobile device used for browsing on the Internet, such as a smart phone or tablet). A cookie does not identify you directly. It does, however, identify your navigation device.
Types of cookies
In parallel to the dual distribution of cookies depending on their legal status (functional cookies/ comfort cookies), cookies can also be subdivided into categories according to their origin, function and durability.
First party cookies: cookies that are placed by BNP Paribas Fortis when visiting its sites.
Third-party cookies: cookies that are placed by third parties, when visiting a BNP Paribas Fortis site (i.e. cookies placed by Adobe, Twitter and Facebook).
Functional cookies: cookies that ensure the proper functioning of the website (i.e. login cookies, recording, language preferences). Functional cookies are first-party cookies.
Comfort cookies: cookies that are placed on the website for statistical, social and commercial purposes. Comfort cookies essentially aim to make your navigation, more comfortable, more convenient and user friendly.
Cookies placed for statistical purposes verify the pages of the website visited and to locate the computer, etc… (i.e. Adobe Site Catalyst).
Cookies placed for social purposes allow users to share the content of the website on social networks (i.e. Twitter, Facebook, etc..).
Comfort cookies can be first-party or third party cookies.
Permanent Cookies: remain on your hard drive for a long preset duration or until you delete them. They are activated each time you visit the website that placed the cookies (i.e. cookies placed by social media). Permanent cookies are generally comfort cookies.
Session Cookies: cookies that simplify user interaction during a browsing session. A browsing session begins when the user opens the browser screen and ends when the screen is closed. Session cookies are temporary. As soon as you close your browser, all session cookies are deleted. Session cookies are generally functional. i.e. the cookies placed by Adobe Site Catalyst are considered non-functional, third party and permanent.
The link to the opt-out (disabling cookies) is here:
More information on cookies
The site http://www.allaboutcookies.org provides more details on how cookies operate.
The Internet Advertising Bureau (IAB), which includes digital marketers, has published a range of useful information and advice on behavioural advertising and privacy: http://www.youronlinechoices.eu.
Which cookies does BNP Paribas Fortis use?
These cookies are placed for statistical, commercial, social or profiling purposes.
With these cookies, you will receive information, which is the most relevant, and most appropriate for you. When appropriate, you can, with one click, share them on social networks.
Details of cookie function
Adobe Site Catalyst
These cookies allow us to see how our website is used to so to improve it. This information is anonymous.
The link to the opt-out (disabling cookies) here:
Adobe Site Catalyst
* For cookies placed by third parties (including Adobe Site Catalyst), we invite you to consult the statements that these parties have placed on their respective websites (see links above). Warning: BNP Paribas Fortis cannot exert any influence on the content of these statements, nor on the cookie content of these third parties.
Whatever your choice, you can always modify your choice by clicking the "Cookies" link at the bottom of each page of our website.
Modify your browser settings
We bring your attention to the fact that your browser settings also allow you to change the cookies settings. These parameters are generally accessed through the menu "Option" or "Preferences" of your browser. To better understand these parameters, please consult the following links or refer to the tab "Help" in your browser: