What are cookies?
A cookie is a small file that asks your permission to be placed on your computer’s hard drive. Once you agree, the file is added and the cookie helps analyse web traffic or lets you know when you visit a particular site. Cookies allow web applications to respond to you as an individual. The web application can tailor its operations to your needs, likes and dislikes by gathering and remembering information about your preferences.
We use traffic log cookies to identify which pages are being used. This helps us to analyse data about webpage traffic and improve our website in order to tailor it to customer needs. We only use this information for statistical analysis.
Overall, cookies help us to provide you with a better website by enabling us to monitor which pages you find useful and which you do not. A cookie in no way gives us access to your computer or any information about you, other than the data you choose to share with us.
You can choose to accept or decline cookies. Most web browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can usually modify your browser setting to decline cookies if you prefer. This may prevent you from taking full advantage of the website.
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What kind of cookies do we use?
– A cookie to ensure the user has access to the website if the user’s machine is trusted, even if the area where the user’s IP is coming from is not trusted. This cookie is strictly necessary for site security operations and can’t be turned off.
– Cookies from Google Analytics, which collect data that we analyse to improve user experience. You can opt out by visiting the Google Analytics web page.
– When you first comment on a story, the website stores a cookie on your computer. This is for convenience so that next time you comment you can do so more easily.
You can visit the website of the Information Commissioner’s Office to find out more about cookies and privacy.