Cookies are an important part of the internet. They make using devices and accessing online information much smoother and affect lots of the useful features of websites. There are many different uses for cookies.
Some cookies are essential to help your devices download or stream the information, or so you can move around websites and use their features. Without these cookies, content, products or services you've asked for can't be provided.
Here are some examples of essential cookies:
Cookies allow the application or website to remember choices you make.
Here are a few examples of just some of the ways that cookies are used to improve your experience on our applications and websites:
At times we use 'advertising' cookies. Some of our web based information will contain promotional links to other companies’ sites. If you follow one of these links and then register with or buy something from that other site, a cookie is used to tell the other site that you came from one of our sites. That other site may then pay us a small amount for the successful referral. For more information, see the Internet Advertising Bureau's guide about how affiliate marketing works.
We sell space on some of our websites to advertisers. The resulting adverts often contain cookies. The advertiser uses the browsing information collected from these cookies to:
Neither we, nor the companies who show advertisements on our sites sell personal data collected from cookies to any other organisations.
It’s easy to choose not to receive behavioural advertising and manage your cookies if you want to.
To find out how to do this go to aboutcookies.org, which contains comprehensive information on how to manage and disable cookies.