Types of cookies
There are two types of cookies; first party cookies and third party cookies. First party cookies are set by us. Third party cookies are set by service providers on our behalf in order to provide a service to you; for example, if you visit a webpage with a Twitter feed of YouTube videos embedded in it you may notice cookies set by each of those websites too. We may collect some or all of the information available from cookies when you visit our website, depending on how you use it.
Cookies can be further categorised as session cookies and persistent cookies. If a cookie does not contain an expiration date, it is considered a session cookie. Session cookies are stored in memory temporarily and when the browser closes, the cookie is permanently lost. In contrast, persistent cookies are stored in a user's hard drive in accordance with an expiration date attached to the cookie, on the specified expiration date the cookie will be removed from your browser.
Cookies help us to:-
- understand how visitors use our websites and collect anonymised statistics (e.g. the number of visitors to our websites) in order to improve performance
- provide a more personalised online experience by displaying content that would be of interest to you
- display relevant advertising to you when you visit websites other than ours
- remember your details and preferences to avoid asking you for that information again
- measure how cost-effective our advertising is.
What information do we collect using cookies?
- areas of the website you visit and engage with, and the amount of time you spend on the website
- whether you have visited our website before or whether you are a new visitor
- the country, region, city and/or borough associated with your IP address or device
- how you came to our website
- the type of device and browser you use
- any error messages that you receive on the site.
We may also measure the success of the emails we send so that we can understand what subject lines and stories people like the most.
Website cookie acceptance
Changing your cookie preferences
If you wish to reject or disable any cookies which are set by our websites, you can do this through your browser settings. The 'Help' function within your browser should tell you how but for ease, here are links to show you how to change in cookie settings for various browsers:-
Please note that if you visit our website anonymously (i.e. you switch off cookies), we may still collect certain information from your browser, such as your IP address, for the purpose of protecting our website from malicious attacks.
You can find out more about cookies at www.allaboutcookies.org.