What Are Cookies And How Do They Benefit You?
Cookies are not programs or software. When you visit a website it stores a snippet of text from your visit, the next time you visit that website, this text is retrieved by the website and they recognise you depending on the type of website. So when it feels like a website knows your preferences or is showing you items based on previous searches or choices this is because the website has used a cookie to recognise you. Cookies on our website do NOT store personally identifiable information such as postal addresses, email addresses or phone numbers.
Our cookies help us:
- Make our website work as you'd expect
- Remember your settings during and between visits
- Improve the speed/security of the site
- Allow you to share pages (stories/articles) with social networks like Facebook
- Collect any sensitive information (We never collect this type of information without your express permission)
- Allow third-party advertising companies to serve ads when you visit our website
You can learn more about all the types of cookies we use below, these fall into a few categories such as website function cookies, social media cookies, and analytics cookies
More About Our Cookies
1. Third-party & social media functions
Our site, like most websites, includes functionality provided by third parties. A common example is an embedded YouTube video.
Disabling these cookies will likely break the functions offered by these third parties
So you can easily Like or share our content on the likes of Facebook and Twitter we have included sharing buttons on our site.
The privacy implications on this will vary from social network to social network and will be dependent on the privacy settings you have chosen on these networks.
2. Anonymous Visitor & Behaviour Statistics Cookies
This helps us to continuously improve our website. These analytics programs also tell us, on an anonymous basis, how people reached this site (e.g. from a search engine or social network) and whether they have been here before helping us to put more money into developing our services for you and giving us information about what content you like to read or what videos you like to watch so we can invest money in doing more of what you like to do.
We use Google Analytics - you can opt out of Google Analytics using this tool:
Turning Cookies Off
You can usually switch cookies off by adjusting your browser settings to stop it from accepting cookies (Learn how here). Doing so however will likely limit the functionality of ours and a large proportion of the world's websites as cookies are a standard part of most modern websites
It may be that your concerns around cookies relate to so called "spyware". Rather than switching off cookies in your browser you may find that anti-spyware software achieves the same objective by automatically deleting cookies considered to be invasive. Learn more about managing cookies with antispyware software.
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If you have any concerns or questions you can email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will endeavour to respond within 48 hours.