Cookie Policy

This Cookie Policy tells you about how the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) uses cookies. The terms of our Cookie Policy applies to SPE members and the public who interact with us online.

What are cookies?
Cookies are small text files stored on a user’s computer. SPE uses cookies to help identify you and your preferences when you return to SPE.org to deliver content that is specific to your interests and to keep track of your preferences. Cookies are not programs and are not known to be damaging to your computer. The cookies set by SPE do personally identify* you; however, they simply permit SPE's web site to know what your preferences are. They also provide us with anonymous aggregated information so that we can make sure our website is easy to navigate, identify the areas of interest to visitors and generally improve the website and our services. Cookies set on any website are only visible to that website and not to any other websites you may visit.

Why did I see a pop-up about cookies when I first entered the SPE website?
Logging into and using the SPE website required that you accept cookies before entering the website.  If you wish to remove cookies that have been sent to your web browser and stored on your computer, you may do so.  See Manage Your Cookies below.

When are cookies created?
Writing data to a cookie is usually done when a new webpage is loaded. When your browser accesses the site, SPE's server checks your browser settings to see if it is permissible to store this identification information on your computer.

How long does a cookie last?
Most cookies used by SPE are temporary; that is, they remain only for the duration of your session on the SPE website. SPE does write some cookies that remain after you end your session, such as items loaded into your shopping cart in OnePetro. This is designed to assist members whose session is interrupted before they can complete their purchase.

Here is a list of the main cookies we use and what we use them for.

Cookie Use Cookie Purpose Possible Cookie Names

Essential

These cookies are essential for the running of our websites and authenticating the user. For example, login information is stored in a cookie so the user can enter and leave the website without having to re-enter the same authentication information over and over.

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Email*
first_name*
last_name*
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company
status
student

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JSESSIONID
Username*

Functional

Functional cookies are used to remember user preferences on our websites and provide enhanced personal features.

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sb_JS
language
RememberMe
RememberMe2
ErightsLogin

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Analytical Performance

We use these types of cookies to monitor our websites performance and how their users may use it. These cookies do not collect information that identifies a user. The information collects is aggregated and therefore, anonymous. This can be anything from IP address, what browser is being used, and what webpages were visited.

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ACOOKIE

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WordPress

This blog platform hosts information for some SPE programs and publications. These cookies are used to verify users who log in.

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PetroWiki

Without cookies, PetroWiki users can read content on the pages, but will not be able to login or access any advanced functionality. Cookies allow SPE to pass user login and contact information from the member database to PetroWiki.

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Third party cookies
When you visit our website, you may notice some cookies that aren't related to SPE. If you go on to a web page that contains embedded content from a third-party, you may be sent cookies from these websites. We don't control the setting of these cookies, so we suggest you check the third-party websites for more information about their cookies and how to manage them.

Manage your cookies
When you accessed this website, our cookies were sent to your web browser and stored on your computer.  If you wish to remove them, most browsers have an optional setting to deny [or remove] "cookies." If you use this setting, however, you may not be able to use SPE's site to its fullest capability, and you will lose the benefit of many special features provided via SPE.org.

Each browser offers different ways to configure your cookie settings, but you can remove any cookie that has been created in the cookie folder of your browser. You can control them by allowing them, deleting them individually or deleting all of them. You can also set your browser to not accept cookies altogether. If this option is selected, you should be aware that many websites will not function properly or at all.

In order to manage your cookies, please select your browser from the list below and follow the instructions:

Mobile devices:

If your browser is not listed, click on your internet browsers Tools or Preferences menu. Then select the Privacy, Options or Security tab. Please view your internet browsers documentation or online help files for more information.

Further information about cookies can be found here.

Last Updated: December 2013