By continuing to use the Vascular Birthmarks Foundation website ( and the services that are offered here, you are explicitly agreeing to the use of cookies and similar technologies for the purposes we describe in this cookie policy.


What is a cookie?

A cookie is a simple text file that is stored on your computer or mobile device by a website’s server. Each cookie is unique to your web browser. It will contain some anonymous information such as a unique identifier and the site name and some digits and numbers.

Most websites you visit use cookies to improve your user experience by allowing the website to “remember” you, either for the duration of your visit (using a session cookie) or for repeat visits (using a persistent cookie). Cookies may be set by the website you are visiting (first party cookies) or they may be set by other websites who run content on the page you are viewing (third party cookies).

What do cookies do?

Cookies have lots of different jobs, like letting you navigate between pages efficiently, storing your preferences, and improving your experience of a website. Cookies make the interaction between you and the website faster and easier. If a website doesn’t use cookies, it will think you are a new visitor every time you move to a new page on the site, for example, even after you “log in,” if you move to another page it won’t recognise you and it won’t be able to keep you logged in. Forms at the Vascular Birthmarks Foundation website, such as Ask the Expert or Contribution forms, also use cookies to hold your information as you submit information.

How does the Vascular Birthmarks Foundation use cookies?

VBF uses different types of cookies to enhance and improve your experience. We use cookies for:

  • Security: We use cookies to enable and support our security features, for example: to authenticate visitors, prevent fraudulent use of login credentials, and protect user data from unauthorized parties.
  • Preferences: Cookies can help you fill out forms more easily, e.g., RFI forms. Loss of the information stored in a preference cookie may make the website experience less functional, but should not prevent it from working.
  • Session State: We collect information about how our visitors use and interact with the website. This may include the pages that visitors access most often and when and where visitors get error messages. We use these “session state cookies” to help us improve our website and the services we offer. Blocking or deleting these cookies will not prevent the website from working.
  • Analytics: These cookies help us learn how our website performs in different locations. We use cookies to understand and improve our services and features.

What third-party cookies does the Vascular Birthmarks Foundation use?

We must use the third-party cookies from to process contributions and event fees.  We also use cookies from Google (to embed pertinent videos on our site) and social media sites to allow social media sharing. Please read our partners’ privacy policies (linked below) to ensure that you’re comfortable with how they use cookies.

Google and YouTube

What should you do if you don’t want cookies to be set?

Some people find the idea of a website storing information on their computer or mobile device to be intrusive, particularly when this information is stored and used by a third party without their knowledge. Although cookies are generally quite harmless, you may choose to block some or all cookies, or even to delete cookies that have already been set; but you should be aware that you might lose some functions of the website. If you want to restrict or block the cookies that are set by our website, or any other site, you can do so through your browser setting. The ‘Help’ function in your browser should explain how. Alternatively, you can visit , which contains comprehensive information on how to do this on a wide variety of browsers. You will find general information about cookies and details on how to delete cookies from your machine. To opt-out of third-parties collecting any data regarding your interaction on our Site, please refer to their websites for further information.

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