A cookie is a piece of information in the form of a very small text file that is placed on an internet user's hard drive [or equivalent storage device]. It is generated by a web page server, which is basically the computer that operates a website. The information the cookie contains is set by the server and it can be used by that server whenever the user visits the site. A cookie can be thought of as an internet user's identification card, which tells a web site when the user has returned. [source: aboutcookies.org]
Local shared objects (aka “Flash Cookies”) and web storage are technologies very similar in nature to cookies. A detailed explanation of how these work is beyond the scope of this document.
List of the Main Cookies on our Website
|Google DoubleClick For Publishers Small Business (DFPSB)||__gads||DFPSB is the system we use to serve ads on the website. http://www.google.com/dfp/info/sb/policies.html|
|lu, local, en_GB, c_user, xs, datr||We use widgets provided by Facebook to help you share the content with your friends. Facebook sets several cookies in order to provide this functionality. http://www.facebook.com/about/privacy/|
|Google Analytics (GA)||__utma, __utmb, __utmc, __utmv, __utmz||Google Analytics helps us gather statistics on how customers use our website, so that we can improve our service. http://www.google.com/analytics/learn/privacy.html|
|auth_token_session, guest_id, k, pid, secure_session, twll||We use widgets provided by Twitter to help you stay up-to-date with our latest content. https://twitter.com/privacy|
Managing Cookies, Local Shared Objects (aka “Flash Cookies”) and Web Storage
Internet browser software normally allows users to control (delete or disable) cookies.
Please note that disabling or deleting cookies would degrade the level of service this website provides (some of the website features require cookies to function and therefore disabling cookies would effectively disable these features).
The exact method of controlling cookies varies and is dependant on variety of factors:
- Internet browser software (e.g. Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox)
- Operating system (e.g. Microsoft Windows 7, OS X, Android)
- Physical device (e.g. iPhone, notebook, laptop)
If you are using a mobile device you could try manufacturer’s website (e.g. Apple iPhone).
Managing Local Shared Objects (aka “Flash Cookies”)
Please see Adobe’s website for detailed instructions on how to manage local shared objects storage settings.
Managing Web Storage
Please see internet browser software vendor’s website for detailed instructions (e.g. Google Chrome).