What is a Cookie?
Cookies are small data files which are sent to your browser (Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome etc) from a website you visit. They are stored on your electronic device.
What is a Flash Cookie?
This is a type of cookie which is collected by Adobe Flash media player (it is also called a Local Shared Object) – a piece of software you may already have on your electronic device to help you watch online videos and listen to podcasts.
Can I opt out of receiving cookies?
Yes there are a number of options available, you can set your browser either to reject all cookies, to allow only “trusted” sites to set them, or to only accept them from the site you are currently on.
However, please note – if you block/delete all cookies, some features of our websites, such as remembering your login details, or the site branding for your local newspaper may not function as a result.
The types of cookies we, our ad network and technology partners use are listed below:
Revenue Science. (.revsci.net)
A tool used by some of our advertisers to target adverts to you based on pages you have visited in the past. To opt out of this type of targeting you can visit the ‘Your Online Choices’ website by clicking here.
Google Ads (.google.com)
Webtrends/ Google Analytics (.webtrends.com / statse.webtrendslive.com)
This is used to help us identify unique visitors to our websites. This data is anonymous and we cannot use this to uniquely identify individuals and their usage of the sites.
Dart for Publishers (.doubleclick.net)
This comes from our ad serving technology and is used to track how many times you have seen a particular ad on our sites, so that you don’t just see one advert but an even spread. This information is not used by us for any other type of audience recording or monitoring.
ComScore monitor and externally verify our site traffic data for use within the advertising industry. Any data collected is anonymous statistical data and cannot be traced back to an individual.
Subscriptions Online (.subscriptionline.co.uk)
Our partner for Newspaper subscriptions online stores data from the forms you complete in these to increase the usability of the site and enhance user experience.
Add This (.addthis.com)
Add This provides the social networking widget found in many of our pages. This widget gives you the tools to bookmark our websites, blog, share, tweet and email our content to a friend.
3rd Party Cookies
We use Advertising agencies to provide us with some of the advertising on our websites. These include (but are not limited to) Specific Media, The Rubicon Project, AdJug, AdConion, Context Web. Please click on the provider name to visit their opt-out page.
Mobile phone websites
We deploy a cookie called “viewfullsite” for the mobile phone websites. This cookie remembers a user’s preference to view content on their desktop and remains active for a period of 24 hours from the user setting their preference. After 24 hours it is automatically deleted.
Registered users (local news website url)
We drop 2 cookies to show that you are logged into our sites (userId and lastClient). We will also drop cookies to ensure we show you the website you are expecting to see these are called session state cookies (JSESSIONID)
Smart Ad-server (www.smartadserver.com)
This comes from our ad serving technology and is used to track how many times you have seen a particular ad on our sites, so that you don’t just see one advert but an even spread. This information is not used by us for any other type of audience recording or monitoring. To opt out please follow this link http://www.smartadserver.com/diffx/optout/IABOptout.aspx