What are Cookies?
Cookies and other online tracking technologies are small bits of data or code that are used to identify your devices when you use and interact with our website and other services. They are often used for remembering your preferences, to identify popular news stories, and remember you’re logged in, allowing you to comment on stories.
What Cookies are and how do we use them?
Essential cookies and similar technologies
These are vital for the running of our services on our website. Without the use of these cookies parts of our website would not function. For example, we use these cookies to tell if you’re logged in to your account, which allows extra functionality, such as downloading files.
Analytics cookies and similar technologies
These collect information about your use of our website, and enable us to improve the way it works. For example, analytics cookies show us which are the most frequently visited pages allowing us to provide the most popular articles further up the page. They help us record how you interact with our website, such as how you navigate around pages and from page to page; identifying improvements we can make to the visitor journey. They also help identify any difficulties you have accessing our services, so we can fix any problems.
Tracking, advertising cookies and similar technologies
We use these types of technologies to provide advertisements that are more relevant to your interests. This can be done by delivering online adverts based your previous web browsing activity, known as “online behavioural advertising” (OBA). Cookies are placed on your browser which will remember the websites you have visited. Advertising based on what you have been looking at is then displayed to you when you visit websites who use the same advertising networks.
To help us deliver relevant advertising using cookies, we use Google Double Click and Google AdSense.
Tracking URLs are a special web link that allows us to measure when a link is clicked on. They are used to help us measure the effectiveness of campaigns and advertising and the popularity of pages that are read.
When you access and interact with our services cookies may collect certain information about those visits. For example, in order to permit your connection to our website, our servers receive and record information about your computer, device, and browser, including potentially your IP address, browser type, other software or hardware information, and your geographic location.
Usage of services
To collect, use and store information about your usage of our services and website, such as pages you have visited, content you have viewed, search queries you have run, and advertisements you have seen or interacted with.
To provide relevant content
The content on our website and in our communications with you may be adjusted depending on what we know about the content, products and services that you like. This means we can highlight content and articles that we believe will be of interest to you. We provide personalisation by using cookies, IP addresses, URL tracking.
Third party advertisers
Most modern browsers are set to accept cookies by default, but you can change your settings to notify you when a cookie is being set or updated, or to block cookies altogether. Please consult the “Help” section of your browser.
Controlling OBA cookies
The “Your Online Choices” website http://www.youronlinechoices.com provides more information about controlling cookies.
Please note that by blocking any or all cookies you may not have access to certain features, content, or personalisation available on our website.