What are Cookies?
Cookies are small files stored by your web browser which are accessible to the websites you visit (although often limited to specific websites). They are an important part of what helps websites run, as they need to keep small amounts of information in order to run various processes.
To give an example of a cookie, one might be "user=4444-3333-2222-1111", which may hypothetically refer to a specific user in the company's database.
What Cookies do you use?
We use a number of cookies - both our own, and third party cookies - for a variety of reasons. In terms of our own cookies:
- A UUID Cookie, which attaches a unique reference to your web browser - we use this so that we don't publish multiple notifications to your web browser when we publish a new article
- A "Session" Cookie, which is used when you are logged on. It is encrypted by us, so cannot be read by anyone but our servers. It stores information about the account that is logged in
Besides these cookies that we issue ourselves, we use services from third parties, and these often add extra cookies so that they can be of use to us. We have linked their opt-out pages in case you object to them.