What is a cookie?
A cookie is a small file that can be placed on your device that allows us to recognise and remember you. It is sent to your browser and stored on your computer's hard drive or tablet or mobile device. When you visit our sites, we may collect information from you automatically through cookies or similar technology.
Cookies are a key part of how we deliver advertising on our sites. Among other uses, they allow us to show more relevant advertising to you by displaying adverts that are based on your browsing patterns and the way you have interacted with our site. We can then show you adverts which we believe may interest you.
As you browse our site, some of the cookies and similar technology we place on your device are for advertising, so we can understand what sorts of pages you read and are interested in. Our advertising partners can then display advertising on your browser based on these interests.
The advertising methods we use do not collect personally identifiable information such as your name, email address, postal address or phone number. We sometimes use information such as your IP address and browser type and also sometimes share some limited aspects of this with third parties for advertising purposes.
We may also share online data collected through cookies and similar technology with our advertising partners. This means that when you are on another website, you may be shown advertising based on your browsing patterns. We may also show you advertising on this website based on your browsing patterns on other sites, this is controlled by our advertising partners, but you can choose to opt out of this below.
If you would like to find out more about privacy, cookies and their use on the internet, you may find the following links useful:
What types of cookies do we use ?
Essential – cookies that are essential to provide you with services you have requested. For example, these include the cookies that make it possible for you to stay logged into your account. If you set your browser to block these cookies, then these functions and services will not work for you. In particular, we won't be able to save your preferences about cookies.
Performance - cookies which measure how often you visit our site and how you use them. We use this information to get a better sense of how our users engage with our content and to improve our service, so that users have a better experience. For example, we collect information about which of our pages are most frequently visited, and by which types of users. We also use third-party cookies to help with performance. For example, the Google Analytics cookie gives us information such as your journey between pages and which pages you visit most (details of how to opt out of it are below).
Functionality – cookies that are used to recognise you and remember your preferences or settings when you return to our site, so that we can provide you with a more personalised experience. For example, if you are based in the United Kingdom, we will remember this and make sure that you receive your chosen language content when you visit our site.
Advertising – cookies that are used to collect information about your visit to our site, the content you have viewed, the links you have followed and information about your browser, device and your IP address.
How to manage advertising cookies
You can switch some cookies off through the Your Online Choices site. You may need to do this again each time you use a different IP address or device.
It is also possible to stop your browser from accepting cookies altogether by changing your browser's cookie settings. You can usually find these settings in the "options" or "preferences" menu of your browser. The following links may be helpful, or you can use the "Help" option in your browser. Help on the most popular browsers is available below;