Online privacy and cookies

This section of the Privacy Policy describes how Rio Tinto processes personal data and other data that is collected or obtained through this website.

Rio Tinto plc, a company registered in England, controls the personal data that is collected or obtained through this website.

How we process personal data provided or obtained through this website

If you use this website, you may choose to provide personal data to Rio Tinto (for example, by sending us an email). We will process the personal data that you provide through this website to answer your query and if relevant, to manage our business relationship with you or your company. If you choose to subscribe to our media releases or other communications, you can unsubscribe at any time (by following the instructions in the email or by contacting us at

Information about our use of cookies

With your consent, our website uses cookies to distinguish you from other users of our website. This helps us to provide you with a good experience when you browse our website and also allows us to improve our site.

A cookie is a small file of letters and numbers that we store on your browser or the hard drive of your computer if you agree. Cookies contain information that is transferred to your computer's hard drive.

We use the following cookies:

  • Performance/analytical cookies. They allow us to recognise and count the number of visitors and to see how visitors move around our website when they are using it. This helps us to improve the way our website works, for example, by ensuring that users are finding what they are looking for easily.

You can block cookies by activating the setting on your browser that allows you to refuse the setting of all or some cookies. However, if you use your browser settings to block all cookies (including essential cookies) you may not be able to access all or parts of our site.

You can find more information about the individual cookies we use and the purposes for which we use them in the table below:

Cookie category Cookie name Description Duration
Strictly necessary cookies
Netscaler NSC_tm-sjpujoup-wjq-iuuq This cookie is essential for our site and enables us to load balance site traffic between web servers. The server connection is maintained and tracked for the duration of the session. At end of session
Performance/analytical cookies
Google Analytics __utma

These cookies are used to collect information about how visitors use our site. We use the information to compile reports and to help us improve the site. The cookies collect information in an anonymous form, including the number of visitors to the site, where visitors have come to the site from and the pages they visited.

More information available.

2 years
__utmb 30 minutes
__utmc At end of session
__utmt 10 minutes
__utmz 6 months
Functional cookies
Sharethis __unam

This cookie is associated with the ShareThis social sharing widget placed on the site to enable sharing of content across various social networks.

More information available.

10 months
Cookie policy ui-cookie-policy This cookie is used for our cookie notification banner. The cookie banner will appear the first time you enter our website and then disappear when you hit the Close button. This is how we collect and confirm your consent to the use of cookies. If you choose to clear your cookies prior to each visit to our website, you will see the cookie banner upon entry to the website on each visit. 1 year
Market ui-cookie-content-DBDCD9E4FEDD47DF BFDDAC6A28C165FE This cookie is used in the Investor section of our website. If a site visitor changes the market on the Your shareholdings page from the default option then this is remembered for 1 year. 1 year
Country ui-cookie-content-D57D41C1DEA6457F 8D9ADEBC50A927C6 This cookie is used in the Careers section of our website. If a site visitor changes the country on the Global opportunities page from the default option then this is remembered for 1 year. 1 year

Online security and transfers of personal data via this website

This website relies on a range of security measures to protect data that is exchanged through this site, including firewalls, intrusion detection systems and virus scanning tools. These are intended to protect against unauthorised persons and viruses from accessing the information that you provide to us, and we to you. However, please be aware that there are inherent risks in transmitting information by use of the Internet and other online or electronic transmission systems and that we cannot guarantee the security of information transmitted in this way.

As with personal data that we collect in other ways, personal data that is collected online through this website may be shared between companies in the Rio Tinto Group and with external service providers who assist us with our services and functions. Personal data that is collected through this website may be stored and processed in any country where Rio Tinto or its external service providers operate. More information about the countries where Rio Tinto operates, and the location of key external service providers (data processors) is in Appendix 2 of the Rio Tinto Data Privacy Standard (which is available under the Privacy Policy link).

This website may contain links to third party websites (ie. that are not provided by Rio Tinto). Before providing personal data to third party websites, we recommend you examine the privacy policies on those websites. Rio Tinto is not responsible for the privacy practices on third party websites. Please note that such third parties may also use cookies, over which we have no control, so we recommend you check their cookies policy also.