Cookies uses cookies to customise the user experience.

In this page you can find information on:


What are 'cookies'?

Cookies are text files, usually relatively small, that are automatically stored by your browser (i.e., Chrome, Firefox, Explorer, Safari, etc.) on your computer or your smartphone.

All websites use them to store contain anonymous user data such as your website preferences (i.e., login status, color, layout, visited pages, etc.).

Cookies can be regarded as a short memory which every website use to 'recognize' you.


How we use cookies?

A visit to one of our pages may generate some or all of the following types of cookie:


Site performance cookies

Cookies of this type remember your preferences for tools found on our website. For instance:

  • Volume for our video player
  • Whether you see the latest or the oldest article comments first


Anonymous analytics cookies:

Every time a user visits, software provided by a third-party organization (Google) generates an 'anonymous analytics cookie.'

The third-party software first asks your browser if you have these cookies. If you don't, it will generate new ones.

These analytics cookies tell us whether or not you have visited our site before.

In turn, this allows us to track how many unique browsers have visited us in a given time span, and how often they visit our site. 

Analytics cookies are entirely anonymous, and we use them only to gather visitor statistics, i.e., the pageviews of a specific article.

Please note that we cannot use analytics cookies to identify you or any other person.


Geotargetting cookies

These cookies are used by software which tries to work out what country you are in from the information supplied by your browser when you click on a web page.

This cookie is completely anonymous, and we only use it to help target our content and advertising.


Advertising cookies

These cookies allow us to know whether or not you've seen an advert or a type of advert, and how long it is since you've seen it. 

We also use cookies to help us use targeted advertising.

We may use cookies set by another organization so we can more accurately target advertising to you.

For example, we may show adverts about holidays if you have recently visited the travel section of our site.

These cookies are anonymous – they store information about what you are looking at on our site, but not about who you are.


Third party advertising cookies

Other organizations provide a lot of the advertisements you see on our website.

Some of these use their anonymous cookies to track how many people have seen a particular ad or to track how many people have seen it more than once. 

The companies that generate these cookies have their privacy policies, and we have no access to read or write these cookies.

These organizations may use their cookies to anonymously target advertising to you on other websites, based on your visit to


Other third-party cookies

On some pages of our website, other organizations may also set their anonymous cookies.

They do this to track the success of their application, or to customise the app for you.

Because of how cookies work, our website cannot access these cookies, nor can the other organization access the data in cookies we use on our site.

For example, when you share an article using a social media sharing button (for example, Facebook), 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 from receiving cookies from a particular website.

However, we cannot tell if you are signed in without using cookies, so you would not be able to post comments.

All modern browsers allow you to change your cookie settings. You can usually find these settings in the 'options' or 'preferences' menu of your browser.

To understand these settings, the following links may be helpful, or you can 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.

If you are primarily concerned about third party cookies generated by advertisers, you can turn these off by going to the Your Online Choices site.

You can also visit the trade body representing these advertising platforms for more information: Network Advertising Initiative.

They have provided a site a site where you can control all third-party online advertising. Please note that there are many more networks listed on this site than those that we use in

Useful links

If you would like to find out more about cookies and their use on the Internet, you may find the following links helpful:

Microsoft Cookies guide
All About Cookies

The IAB has provided the following website to give information specifically about privacy issues around Internet advertising: