What are cookies?
Like most websites, Shell Energy uses an internet browser feature called cookies. A cookie is a simple piece of text that gets stored on your computer when you visit Shell Energy web pages. They help to tell us how existing and potential customers are using our site, which in turn, enables to us to continually improve how the site works, looks and delivers information to customers
When you visit www.shellenergy.co.uk for the first time a cookie will be stored on your computer. When you come back again we’re able to recognise that you’re a returning visitor and can automatically detect that you’ve been here before. We can then tailor the information you subsequently receive to improve your online experience.
Are there different types of cookies?
There are a number of different cookie types. Each has a specific function and helps to improve how www.shellenergy.co.uk works.
This type of cookie is essential to recognise you as an existing user and enable you to log in to your account.
This type of cookie provides useful information about how you’re using the site, the length of time you’re on there and how you found your way to www.shellenergy.co.uk. They help us to understand customer behaviour more effectively with a view to improving how the site works for existing and potential customers.
This type of cookie remembers choices that you’ve made on previous visits, the tariffs you’ve looked at for instance. If you’ve asked for a quote, for example, this cookie will keep a record to help us understand more clearly what type of information you’re trying to find on the site.
This type of cookie is used by third party organisations, such as advertising networks and providers, to collect information about your browsing habits and target specific types of advertising to you.
Once we have this information we can make your online experience quicker, because you don’t have to re-submit information we already have, easier, because by understanding how you use the site we can make it easier for you to get the best out of it and richer, because the information you receive will be personalised to you.
What information is collected and what types of cookies are used by Shell Energy?
Shell Energy uses a number of different cookies across its website:
Cookies used on www.shellenergy.co.uk
Analytics cookies: _utma, _utmb, _utmc, _utmz, fu_ac, fu_upsell.
These cookies show us how visitors navigate through the site, how long they stay on each page and whether they are a first time or a returning visitor. These cookies cannot be used to identify individuals; they are used for statistics only.
Session cookie: has_js
Registration cookies are used in various ways across the main website and the My Account area. These cookies allow you to save and return to the registration form and see the data you have already entered. It allows us to pass through any price information we gave you during the price calculation process so that the tariff you selected appears on the registration form.
These cookies are also used in your online account so we know which services to show you. For example if you are a Smart customer you will see your smart meter data and if you are an iSave customer you see a screen where you can submit your meter readings.
These cookies can also be used to indicate whether you would like to be remembered between sessions. This means for example that if you selected the remember me option, you could close your computer, and be automatically logged in on returning to the site.
Third Party cookies:
We use session cookies to allow us to show you the live chat option on certain pages of the website. They identify which page you are on and how long you have been on that page but do not personally identify you even if you are logged in.
And remember most of the cookies we use on our website are what’s known as ‘session cookies’. Some expire as soon as you leave the site, most expire within 30 days of your visit and certain cookies, those associated with google analytics for example, expire automatically after six months.
How do we protect your information?
Shell Energy cookies policy
Cookies are small text files that are placed on your computer by websites that you visit or emails that you open. They are used extensively in order to make websites work, or work more efficiently as well as provide statistical information to owners of the website.
By using this website you agree to the use of the cookies below.
Persistent cookies, for example are used to avoid the need for you to tell us your account details at each visit.
Third party cookies that are used by our sales partners or affiliate network.
In addition any visitor that has clicked on a Shell Energy advertisement on another website that links to www.shellenergy.co.uk will be sent anonymous cookies that will allow us to analyse advertising effectiveness.
If you delete your cookies, some features of our website such as remembering your login details will not function as a result.
The Privacy and Electronic Communications (EC Directive) (Amendment) Regulations 2011 came into force on 25 May 2011. The regulations require the user's consent before using cookies. The Information Commissioner's Office has granted organisations a year to work out how they will address the new law. Shell Energy is taking steps to meet the new legislative requirements.
Where can I find out more about cookies?
There’s a wealth of information about what cookies, how they’re used by websites and what you can do to control their use available on the internet. We think a good place to start to get an overview of what cookies are is https://ico.org.uk/for-the-public/online/cookies
How to control cookies
Take control of your cookies
You don’t have to accept cookies on any site if you don’t want to and pretty much every browser gives you an option to turn them off completely or only accept certain types. It’s important to remember, however, that if you limit the cookies you accept or turn them off completely you may find that websites don’t work as well or as quickly when you visit them.
To adjust cookie options, take a look at the instruction for your browser: