Our website uses technology to collect information about its use, to distinguish between users, to help us provide you with a good experience and to allow us to improve the site and the service we offer. This means that when you visit our website, cookies or similar technologies will be placed on your computer or other device.

What are cookies?

Cookies are small text files that are placed on your computer, smartphone or other device when you visit our website. A cookie file is stored on your device and allows us, or our third party partners (see below) to recognise you and make your visit easier and more useful to you when you revisit our website.

How does Santander use cookies?

Cookies allow us to recognise users (where appropriate), tailor the content on our website to fit the needs of our website's visitors and helps us improve the user experience. Without certain types of cookies enabled, we can't guarantee that the website and your experience of it are as we intended it to be. 

We use cookies to obtain information about your visits and about the device you use to access our website. 
This includes where available, your IP address and pseudonymous identifiers, operating system and browser type and, depending on the cookie, also includes the reporting of statistical data about our users’ browsing actions and patterns.

Here are some examples of how we use cookies

  • Without cookies enabled you can't use Online Banking. It uses cookies to protect you online and to prevent fraudulent activity.
  • If you ever ask us to ‘Remember my ID’ to allow you to log on more easily, we’ll  use a cookie to make it work.
  • Without cookies enabled you can't apply online for our products. This is because our application forms use cookies to make sure that your application is secure and protected from fraud. 
  • Our website analytics services, categorised as ‘Experience and insight’ use cookies so we can see how visitors reach our website and the path they take through it. This helps us improve our service to you.

Types of cookies

The length of time a cookie stays on your device depends on its type. We use two types of cookies on our website:

  • Session cookies are temporary cookies which only exist during the time you use the website (or more strictly, until you close the browser after using the website). Session cookies help our website remember what you chose on the previous page, avoiding the need to re-enter information and improve your experience whilst using the website.
  • Persistent cookies stay on your device after you’ve visited our website. For example, if you tick the 'Remember my ID' box when you log onto Online Banking a persistent cookie will be used, so that the website remembers you the next time you use it. Persistent cookies help us identify you as a unique visitor.

Third Party Websites

Our website may link through to third party websites that may also use cookies which we don’t control.  We recommend that you check the privacy and cookie policies of those websites for information about the cookies they may use and the collection of personal data.  We can’t accept any responsibility for any content contained in these third party websites.

Tracking technologies in our emails

As well as the cookies we use on our website, we use web beacons and link tracking in emails. Using both technologies means we can try to improve the emails we send you. 

Web beacons help us understand whether you’ve opened an email, what time and date that was, how often you re-open it, what sort of device and software you used and your IP address.

Link tracking helps us understand who has clicked through from an email to visit our website.  We use a unique link in each email, so when you click on one of these links you are first redirected to our mailing company server, which logs the click, before arriving at the relevant page on our website. 

Don’t want tracking technologies in email?

If you don’t want to accept tracking technologies  you can choose to:

  • Not open any of our emails
  • Avoid clicking any links if you’ve opened an email, or
  • Set your browser security settings to block all cookies.

Essential cookies: These cookies are essential for the running of our website and Online Banking

The table below details the essential cookies that we use.

There are some ‘session’ cookies which are unique to each transaction and won’t be stored on your device after you leave our website. We don’t list them all, but as an example you can see one below under Santander (498f0a0d43cc949fe7efb076c4x36271).

Cookie Consent Management






Used to show cookie consent and remember your choices about cookies on this website. Where you’ve previously indicated a preference, it will be stored in this cookie so the site remembers it when you come back.
AdobeAMCV_*Used to make sure cookie consent is working as expected in our cookie message and settings page.







These are vimeo cookies and are used to play/upload videos.







Makes sure that you can use ‘chat’ to contact us and ask questions when you’re using our website.







Helps us make our website work quickly and efficiently for you. 
Lets you watch helpful videos on our webpages.
General__cfduidHelps us make our website work quickly and efficiently for you.
GeneralGUEST_LANGUAGE_IDRemembers what language you use. 
GeneralmmactHelps us to make sure you see relevant content and improve your experience of our website.

The following table lists cookies that we use on santander.co.uk and its sub-domains.


Investment Hub


Used for website security and to identify you once you have logged on to the Investment Hub

Experience and insight cookies: These cookies help us to make sure you have the best possible experience on our website:

  • they help us to make the website easier to use and help you find what you need more easily;
  • they help us to test and improve the content you see; and
  • we can understand if you found out about our products and services through a price comparison website.

The table below details the experience and insight cookies that we use.



Measures your interactions to help us improve the website functionality and content, ensuring you have the best possible customer experience.


Helps us to understand whether cookies are enabled in your browser and lets us know who you are and where you’re going on our websites.


Measures website performance and tracks customer behaviour to improve your ongoing customer experience.



Presents an invitation to you to give feedback on our website and ensures you don't see it every time you visit.
Helps us to understand our website content and activity; and improve your ongoing customer experience
Helps us to understand our website content and activity; and improve your ongoing customer experience

Marketing cookies: These cookies help us manage the online advertising you see from us:

  • they allow us to control how often you'll see our adverts online;
  • they allow us to show you more relevant messages and offers; and
  • they make your online journey better and more consistent. 

Disabling these cookies won’t stop you from seeing our advertising. You may see adverts from us that could be less relevant to you.

The table below details the marketing cookies that we use.



Identifies information about you to prevent you being shown advertising you have seen before.


Tracks your activity across the web to make sure advertising is relevant to you.
Ensures advertising you see on our website is relevant to you.

Deleting and controlling cookies in browser

Most web browsers allow some control of most cookies through the browser settings.  To find out more about cookies, including how to see what cookies have been set, visit www.aboutcookies.org or www.allaboutcookies.org

Find out how to manage cookies on popular browsers:

To find information relating to other browsers, visit the browser developers website.

Take a look at our Privacy policy

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