What is a cookie?

A cookie is a small piece of data sent from a website and stored locally in a website visitor's web browser.

Cookies were designed to be a unified and reliable mechanism for websites to remember the state of the website or any pertinent activity the user had taken in the past. This can include accessibility preferences, logging in, shopping cart items or a record of which pages were visited by the user etc.

Although Cookies cannot carry Viruses, and cannot install Malware on the host device, poorly implemented tracking Cookies and especially third-party tracking Cookies can sometimes be covertly used as ways to compile long-term records of individuals' browsing histories — a privacy concern that has prompted European and US law makers to take action, resulting in the EU Cookie Law described below.

Cookies also perform essential functions in the modern World Wide Web. Perhaps most importantly, authentication cookies are the most common method used by web servers to know whether the user is logged in or not, and which account they are logged in with. This is what EBI Portfolios uses Cookies for; in order to provide you with a better, faster and safer experience.

What is the EU cookie law?

On the 26th May 2011 the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) passed a Law stating that in the UK, all websites are to gain consent from visitors to store or receive any information on a computer or any other web connected devices (e.g. smartphone or tablet). The Law came formally into effect on 26th May 2012 following a year’s grace for preparation.

The EU Cookie Law has been designed to protect the online privacy of website visitors by making them aware, and giving them a choice, about the amount of information that is collected by websites. After May 26th 2012 if a business is not compliant, or is not visibly working towards compliance, it can run the risk of enforcement action.

In order to comply with the EU Cookie Law, if a website uses Cookies, a message needs to be displayed so that website visitors know when a cookie is being collected, and why that cookie is being used. It is also a good practice to offer assistance on how the user may manage their cookies or disable them completely.

Our cookie policy

To make full use of the personalised features of our website, your web enabled device will need to accept cookies, as we can only provide you with the personalised features of this website by using them.

Our cookies do not store any sensitive information, they simply hold the 'key' that, once you're logged in, is associated with this information. However, if you'd prefer to disable cookies, you can learn more about managing cookies for popular browser platforms, here.

Here's are the names of the cookies that we use, and what we use them for:


This cookie stores details about who you so that the server knows who each request is coming from. This is also how we know that you are logged in and so use to decide what to show you. You will not be able to login without it.

Remember user token

This cookie allows our website to know if you would like your login to be persisted across sessions. This means that even when you close your browser if you have not logged out the website will automatically log you back in again on your return. The website will work for you if this cookie is not set and it is not advised to use this cookie on shared devices.

Request method

This cookie stores the method used to request the page, in order to help subsequent requests to the server.