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You will also see embedded 'share' buttons on the IEC Abroad web pages; these enable users to easily share content with their friends through a number of popular social networks. When you click on one of these buttons, a cookie may be set by the service you have chosen to share content through. IEC Abroad does not control the dissemination of these cookies. Examples currently on our website include:
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Useful information about cookies can be found at aboutcookies.org.
A guide to behavioural advertising and online privacy has been produced by the Internet Advertising Industry.
Information on the ICC (UK) UK cookie guide can be found on the ICC website section