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You can read how we use them in our privacy policy and cookie policy.

Cookies

This site, like many others, uses small files called cookies to help customise your experience.

What are 'cookies'?

'Cookies' are small text files that are stored by the browser (e.g. Internet Explorer or Safari) on your computer or mobile phone by a website’s server and only that server will be able to retrieve or read the contents of that cookie. They allow websites to store such things as user preferences. The cookie will contain some anonymous information such as a unique identifier and the site name and some digits and numbers. You can think of cookies as providing a "memory" for the website, enabling it to recognise a user and respond appropriately.

How do we use cookies?

When you view a page our site may generate the following types of cookie:


Site performance cookies

This type of cookie remembers your preferences for tools found on the website, so you don't have to re-set them each time you visit. Examples include:

- volume settings for our video player
- whether you see the latest or the oldest article comments first
- video streaming speeds that are compatible with your browser

Anonymous analytics cookies:

Every time a user visits our website, web analytics software provided by a third party generates an anonymous analytics cookie. These cookies can tell us whether or not you have visited the site before.Your browser will tell us if you have these cookies, and if you don't, we generate new ones. This allows us to track how many individual unique users we have, and how often they visit the site.

 

Registration cookies

If you are able to register with this site, we will generate cookies that signal whether you are signed in or not.

Our servers use these cookies to work out which account you are signed in with, and if you are allowed access to a particular service. It also allows us to associate any comments you post with your username.

If you have not selected 'keep me signed in,' your cookies get deleted when you either close your browser or shut down your computer.

Third party cookies

On some pages of the site, third parties may also set their own anonymous cookies, for the purposes of tracking the success of their application, or customising the application for you. Because of how cookies work, we cannot access these cookies, nor can the third parties access the data in cookies used by us.

For example, when you share an article using a social media sharing button on the site, the social network that has created the button will record that you have done this.

How do I turn cookies off?

It is usually possible to stop your browser accepting cookies, or to stop it accepting cookies from a particular website. If you prefer, it is possible to block some or all cookies, or even to delete cookies that have already been set; but you need to be aware that you might lose some functions of that website.

All modern browsers allow you to change your cookie settings. These settings will typically be found in the 'options' or 'preferences' menu of your browser. In order to understand these setttings, the following links may be helpful, otherwise you should use the 'Help' option in your browser for more details.

Cookie settings in Internet Explorer
Cookie settings in Firefox
Cookie settings in Chrome
Cookie settings in Safari web and iOS.