What are Cookies and how do they Benefit You
Cookies are small text files that are placed on your computer or mobile phone when you browse websites. 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 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
- Offer you services/content relevant to you (banner advertising)
- Improve the speed/security of the site
- Allow you to share pages (stories/articles) with social networks like Facebook
- Personalise our site to you to help you get what you need faster
- Continuously improve our website for you
- Make our marketing more efficient (ultimately helping us to offer the service we do at the price we do)
- Collect any personally identifiable information (we will always ask for your express permission if we ever do collect this information but we don’t see why we ever will need to)
- Collect any sensitive information (without your express permission)
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, third party and advertising cookies and analytics cookies
More about our Cookies
1. Website Function Cookies such as session or preference cookies
- Remembering your news search settings
- Showing you which pages you have recently visited
- Tailoring content to your preferences or needs
Please note, if you disable these cookies our site will not function as it should.
2. Third party 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
3. Social Media Website Cookies
So you can easily â€œLikeâ€ 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.
4. Anonymous Visitor & Behaviour Statistics Cookies
Google Analytics – you can opt out of Google Analytics using this tool – http://computer.howstuffworks.com/internet/basics/question82.htm
5. Advertising Cookies;
including Banner Adverts
Doubleclick – a Google product
Electric Media Sales
Landmark Digital Network Sales
and Remarketing Cookies
You may notice that sometimes after visiting a site you see increased numbers of adverts from the site you visited. This is because advertisers, including ourselves pay for these adverts. The technology to do this is made possible by cookies and as such we may place a so called â€œremarketing cookieâ€ during your visit. We use these adverts to offer special offers etc to encourage you to come back to our site. Don’t worry we are unable to proactively reach out to you as the whole process is entirely anonymised. You can opt out of these cookies at anytime as explained above.
Google – Adsense and Doubleclick
Electric Media Sales
6. Site Improvement Cookies;
We regularly test new designs or site features on our site. We do this by showing slightly different versions of our website to different people and anonymously monitoring how our site visitors respond to these different versions. Ultimately this helps us to offer you a better website.
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.
Here is some further information from other resources;
Here is another guide to your online options;
If you have any concerns or questions you can email [email protected] and we will endeavour to respond within 48 hours.