How we manage cookies on our Website
What are cookies?
Cookies are small text files which a website may put on your computer or mobile device when you first visit a site or page. The cookie will help the website, or another website, to recognize your device the next time you visit. Web beacons or other similar files can also do the same thing. We use the term “cookies” in this policy to refer to all files that collect information in this way.
There are many functions cookies serve. For example, they can help us to remember your username and preferences, analyze how well our website is performing, or even allow us to recommend content we believe will be most relevant to you.
Certain cookies contain personal information – for example, if you click to “remember me” when logging in, a cookie will store your username. Most cookies won’t collect information that identifies you, and will instead collect more general information such as how users arrive at and use our websites, or a user’s general location.
What sort of cookies do we use?
We use both session cookies (which expire once you close your web browser) and persistent cookies (which stay on your device for a set period of time or until you delete them).
Generally, our cookies perform up to four different functions:
Some cookies are essential for the operation of our Website. For example, some cookies allow us to identify subscribers and ensure they can access the subscription-only pages. If a subscriber opts to disable these cookies, the user may not be able to access all of the content that a subscription entitles them to.
We utilize other cookies to analyze how our visitors use our Website and to monitor Website performance. This allows us to provide a high quality experience by customizing our offering and quickly identifying and fixing any issues that arise. For example, we might use performance cookies to keep track of which pages are most popular, which method of linking between pages is most effective, and to determine why some pages are receiving error messages. We might also use these cookies to highlight pages or site services that we think will be of interest to you based on your usage of the website.
We use functionality cookies to allow us to remember your preferences. We also use functionality cookies to provide you with enhanced services such as allowing you to watch a video online or comment on a blog.
Except for essential cookies, all first-party cookies will expire after 365 days.
Advertisers sometimes use their own cookies to provide you with targeted advertising. For example, advertisers may use a profile they have built on sites that you have previously visited to present you with more relevant advertisements during your visit to our websites. We believe that it is useful to our users to see advertisements that are more relevant to their interests. If you are based in the European Union and would like to learn more about how advertisers use these types of cookies or to choose not to receive them, please visit www.youronlinechoices.eu. If you are based in the United States and would like to learn more, please visit http://www.aboutads.info/choices/.
We also use or allow third parties to serve cookies that fall into the four categories above. For example, like many companies, we use Google Analytics to help us monitor our Website traffic. We may also enable third parties to serve cookies to help to identify fraudulent or non-human traffic on our Website. We may also use third-party cookies to help us with market research, revenue tracking, improving site functionality and monitoring compliance with our terms and conditions and copyright policy.
Can a website user block cookies?
As we’ve explained above, cookies help you to get the most out of our Website. If you do wish to disable our cookies then please follow the instructions in our How to Manage Cookies section. Please remember that if you choose to disable cookies, you may find that certain sections of our Website do not work properly.
You can opt out of all behaviorally targeted advertising cookies on our Website by going to https://www.google.com/settings/ads. By opting out of this type of cookie, you will stop receiving ads that are targeted specifically to you on these sites; however you will still receive generic advertising.
Do we track whether users open our emails?
Our emails may contain a single, campaign-unique “web beacon pixel” to tell us whether, and how many times, our emails are opened and verify any clicks through to links or advertisements within the email. We may use this information for purposes including determining which of our emails are more interesting to users, to query whether users who do not open our emails wish to continue receiving them, to check that content is being used in accordance with our terms and conditions, and to inform our advertisers in aggregate how many users have clicked on their advertisements. The pixel will be deleted when you delete the email. If you do not wish the pixel to be downloaded to your device, you should select to receive emails from us in plain text rather than HTML.
Other tracking technologies
HOW TO MANAGE COOKIES
How to disable behaviorally targeted advertising cookies
If you are concerned about behaviorally targeted advertising cookies (which serve you advertisements based on your use of our Website), users based in the European Union can visit youronlinechoices.eu and users based in the US can visit aboutads.info/choices to opt out of these third-party cookies.
We work with advertising partners to serve advertisements on our Website. One of the services we use to track activity related to our Website, e.g., by placing cookies, is Google Analytics by Google (Google, Inc. a company headquartered at 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA). We may use vendors, including Google, who use first-party cookies (such as the Google Analytics cookie) and third-party cookies (such as the DoubleClick cookie) together to inform, optimize, and serve ads based on your past visits to our Website, including Google Analytics for Display Advertising. Google provides tools to manage the collection and use of certain information by Google Analytics at tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout and by Google Analytics for Display Advertising or the Google Display Network by using Google’s Ads Settings at google.com/settings/ads.
How to enable and disable cookies using your browser
Most browsers allow you to manage cookie settings. These settings can usually be found in the ‘Settings’, ‘Options’ or ‘Preferences’ menu of your browser. You may be able to manage other tracking technologies in the same way that you manage cookies using your browser’s preferences.
The links below are provided to help you find the settings for some common browsers.
Manage cookie settings in Firefox
Manage cookie settings in Internet Explorer
Manage cookie settings in Opera
For all other browsers, please look for a “help” function in your browser or contact the browser provider.
On your mobile device, you may also have a “Limit Ad Tracking” setting (on iOS devices) or a setting to “Opt out of Interest-Based Ads” (on Android) which allows you to limit the use of information about your use of apps for purposes of serving ads targeted to your interests.
Please note that even if you opt out using the mechanisms above, you may still receive advertisements when using our Website.