They can be used to store information and have many uses. With the most common being tracking, remembering your details or settings, and to keep you logged in to an account.
You can find out more information about cookies from the following websites:
When are cookies created?
Writing data to a cookie is usually done when a new webpage is loaded - for example after a 'submit' button is pressed the data handling page would be responsible for storing the values in a cookie. If you elect to disable cookies then the write operation will fail, and subsequent sites which rely on the cookie will either have to take a default action, or prompt you to re-enter the information that would have been stored in the cookie.
Why are cookies used?
Cookies are a convenient way to carry information from one session on a website to another, or between sessions on related websites, without having to burden a server machine with large amounts of data storage.
If there is a large amount of information to store, then a cookie can simply be used as a means to identify you so that further related information can be looked up on a server-side database.
What cookies do we have and why?
Strictly Necessary Cookies
These cookies are essential to enable you to move around the website and use its features, such as accessing secure areas of the website. Without these cookies, our website won’t work properly.
The strictly necessary cookies that we use are:
Cookie: Web Server Load Balancer
These cookies collect information about how you use our website, for instance, which pages you go to most often and if you get error messages from those pages. We only use these cookies to improve how the website works.
These cookies allow us to remember the choices you make (such as your user name) and provide enhanced, more personal features. These cookies can also be used to remember changes you have made to text size, fonts and other parts of our web pages that you can customise. They may also be used to provide services you have requested such as watching a video or commenting.
The following cookies allow you to sign up/in to the website:
The following cookie decides whether to show you content that might be of interest when leaving the website:
Cookie: Exit Modal
Cookie: Privacy Notice
Advertising or Tracking Cookies
The cookies show us where you saw the advert; help us measure the effectiveness of our advertising campaigns; and limit the number of times you see an advert.
The advertising cookies that we use are:
Cookie: DoubleClick for Publishers
Cookie: Google Analytics
Cookie: Google Analytics
You can review which advertising cookies you allow on this site by clicking here.
There is an unlisted cookie here?
As our website uses a content management system, and added third-party plugins, it can sometimes be difficult for us to notice every single cookie being used, especially after software updates.
If you do notice a cookie that slips past us, or have a question about cookies, then please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
There are also some essential cookies which are required for the website to work; these can only be blocked by changing your browser settings.
How can you disable or block cookies?
We recommend visiting your browser help section to find out how.
Third party cookies opt-out
Some cookies are used and provided by third-party sources. Whilst we might not use all of them, here are the main links you can use to opt-out should you wish.
We embed videos from our official YouTube channel using YouTube’s privacy-enhanced mode. This mode may set cookies on your computer once you click on the YouTube video player, but YouTube will not store personally-identifiable cookie information for playbacks of embedded videos using the privacy-enhanced mode. To find out more please visit YouTube’s embedding videos information page.
Do not track me!
Do not track is an up and coming feature in web browsers which allows you to tell websites that you do not want to be tracked. While not all websites currently use this you can find out more how to set it up on your browser from the following websites.
Last updated May 2022. Copyright © Nigella Lawson.