CME Group Inc. Cookie Policy

Effective as of January 6, 2017

At CME Group Inc., we believe in being clear and transparent about how we collect and use information about you or related to you. In the spirit of transparency, this Cookies Policy (the “Policy”) provides detailed information about how and when we use cookies. This Policy applies to any CME Group website, application or service that links to this policy or incorporates it by reference.

What is a cookie?

Cookies are text files containing small amounts of information which collect and store information when you visit a website ("Site"), use applications, or utilize other offered services. Cookies we use may be stored on your computer or device when you interact with CME Group. For example, cookies enable us to identify your device, secure your access to our Sites and other services, generally.

Cookies can be permanent (also known as persistent cookies) which remain on your computer until they expire or you delete them. Temporary cookies (also known as session cookies) last until you close your browser. Cookies can be first-party cookies (set by the website which is being visited) or third-party cookies (set by a website other than the one being visited).

What cookies does CME Group use and what are they used for?

As described in our Privacy Policy, we use cookies to better serve your particular needs and to help us protect your account. By continuing to visit or use our Sites, applications and services, you are agreeing to the use of cookies and similar technologies for the purposes we describe in this Policy.

We use first party cookies on our Sites (such as cmegroup.com, futuresfundamentals.com, and futuresinstitute.com). Any browser used to visit our Sites will receive first party cookies. Cookies can be used to recognize you when you visit CME Group, remember your preferences, and give you a personalized experience that's in line with your browser settings. Cookies also make your interactions with CME Group faster and more secure. Additionally, cookies allow us to deliver advertising to you both on and off the CME Group Sites.

We use four types of cookies: strictly necessary cookies, functionality cookies, performance cookies and advertising cookies.

  • Strictly necessary cookies enable you to fully experience our services. These cookies make the features and functionalities found on these services available to you. CME Group uses this type of first party cookie to handle user registration and login, and collect information on the pages visited. These cookies also collect information about how visitors use our Sites and services, for instance which pages visitors go to most often, and if they receive error messages from web pages. If you register with a CME Group Site, your log-in information will be associated with your browsing history through these strictly necessary cookies.
  • Functionality cookies allow our Sites to remember choices you make (such as your user name, language, email settings, or filter settings) and provide enhanced, more personalized features.  These cookies can also be used to remember changes you have made to text size, fonts and other parts of web pages that you can customize, such as:
    • Remembering website settings such as your language preference;
    • Remembering previous choices so that you are not required to fill in the same data again;
    • Detecting if a product or service has already been offered/selected;
    • Fulfilling a request by you such as submitting a comment;
    • Personalizing and providing relevant offerings that may be of more interest to you based on your previous searches and bookings; and
    • Remembering your settings so that changes can be processed seamlessly.
  • If you register with a CME Group Site, your log in information will be associated with your browsing history through these functionality cookies.   
  • Performance cookies collect information about how users interact with our services, for instance what pages are most frequently visited. These cookies do not personally identify individual users and CME does not use these cookies to collect information on an individual. The information we collect is aggregated and therefore anonymous and only used to improve how our services work.  We use these third party performance cookies to provide statistics on how our services are used and to measure delivery and performance of our campaigns. These cookies help us learn how well our services and plugins perform in different locations. We also use these cookies to understand, improve, and research products, features, and services, including when you access CME Group from other websites, applications, or devices such as your computer or your mobile device, such as collecting anonymous information on the pages visited. These cookies collect information about how visitors use our Sites, for instance which pages visitors go to most often, and if they get error messages from certain pages.
    • Cookies that fall into this category include but are not limited to:
      • Google Analytics (“GA”): We use GA to better understand how customers are using our Sites and to assist in managing the performance and design. We also use GA for testing design variations to improve customer experience and Site performance, analyze the use of our Site, improve the usability of the Site, improve the customer experience, and to analyze the effectiveness of our Site banners. Google stores the information collected via the cookies. For more information about GA, please see Google’s Privacy Policy and Help Pages.
      • Crazy Egg: Crazy Egg is used to better understand how customers are using our Sites and in managing the performance and design. Crazy Egg stores the information collected via the cookies.  
      • AddThis: AddThis is used to allow users the ability to share content from our Sites on social media, print, or email.  This cookie allows CME Group to remember user’s favorite social sites and list these social sites first when visiting CME Group Sites and services.
      • Elicit – We use Elicit to help suggest search terms when a user begins typing in to one of our search bars.
  • From time to time, CME Group will use other third parties to assist in evaluating the performance of CME Group Sites and marketing communications. 
  • Advertising cookies are used to customize the advertising across our Site, making the experience relevant to the visitor.  We may use these third party cookies to show you advertising both on and off the CME Group Sites. We may also use these cookies to learn whether someone who saw an ad on CME Group later visited and took an action (e.g. downloaded a white paper or made a purchase) on the advertiser's website. Similarly, our partners may use a cookie to determine whether we've shown an ad and how it performed, or provide us with information about how you interact with ads. We may also work with a partner to show you an ad on or off CME Group, such as after you've visited a partner's website or application.

How do I manage and remove cookies?

Most browsers automatically accept cookies unless your internet browser settings have been modified to disable this feature. If you don't want us to use cookies when you visit our Sites, applications, or services, you can opt-out of some of the cookies on your settings page. Not all cookies may be disabled as it will affect the overall functionality of the Site, application, or service.  

If you do not want to receive cookies, you can change your browser settings on any of the devices you're using to access our services. You will need to follow the instructions provided by your browser software. Links have been provided below to commonly used browsers. If you use CME Group without changing your browser settings, you agree to receive all cookies on the CME Group Sites, applications or services. Most browsers also provide functionality that lets you review and erase cookies, including CME Group cookies.

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To find out more about cookies, including how to see what cookies have been set and how to manage and delete them, visit  www.allaboutcookies.org, or www.aboutcookies.org.