This site, like many others, uses small files called cookies to help us customize your experience. Find out more about cookies and how you can control them.
What Are Cookies?
Cookies are small text files that are stored by the browser (for example, Internet Explorer or Safari) on your computer or mobile phone. They allow websites to store things including your user preferences. Think of cookies as providing a “memory” for the website, so that it can recognize you when you come back and respond appropriately.
On our Site, you may encounter the following types of cookie:
- Site performance cookies;
- Anonymous analytics cookies;
- Geotargetting cookies;
- Registration cookies;
- Advertising cookies; and
- Third party advertising cookies.
Site Performance Cookies
This type of cookie remembers your preferences for tools found on the Company’s website, so you don’t have to re-set them each time you visit. Examples include:
- Volume settings for our video player;
- Whether you see new content first; and
- Video streaming speeds that are compatible with your browser.
Anonymous Analytics Cookies
Every time someone visits our website, software provided by another organization generates an “anonymous analytics cookie.” These cookies can tell us whether or not you have visited the site before. Your browser will tell us if you have these cookies and, if you don’t, we generate new ones. This allows us to track how many individual users we have, and how often they visit the site.
Unless you are signed in to the Site, we cannot use these cookies to identify individuals. We use them to gather statistics, for example, the number of visits to a page. If you are logged in, we will also know the details you gave to us for this, such as your username and e-mail address.
These cookies are used by software which tries to work out what country you are in from the information supplied by your browser when you click on a web page. This cookie is completely anonymous, and we only use it to help target our content — such as whether you see a country specific home page — and advertising.
Third Party Advertising Cookies
Some content you see on the Site is provided by other organizations. Some of these organizations use their own anonymous cookies to track how many people have seen a particular ad, or to track how many people have seen it more than once. The companies that generate these cookies have their own privacy policies, and we have no access to read or write these cookies. These organizations may use their cookies to anonymously target advertising to you on other websites, based on your visit to the Site.
Other Third Party Cookies
On some pages of our website, other organizations may also set their own anonymous cookies. They do this to track the success of their application, or to customize the application for you. Because of how cookies work, our website cannot access these cookies, nor can the other organization access the data in cookies we use on our website.
How Do I Turn Cookies Off?
It is usually possible to stop your browser accepting cookies, or to stop it accepting cookies from a particular website. We cannot tell if you are signed in, however, without using cookies so you would not be able to post comments.
All modern browsers allow you to change your cookie settings. You can usually find these settings in the Options or Preferences menu of your browser. To understand these settings, the following links may be helpful, or you can use the Help option in your browser for more details.
- Cookie settings in Internet Explorer
- Cookie settings in Firefox
- Cookie settings in Chrome
- Cookie settings in Safari web and iOS.
If you are primarily concerned about third party cookies generated by advertisers, you can turn these off by going to the Your Online Choices site.
You can also visit the trade body representing these advertising platforms for more information: Network Advertising Initiative.
If you would like to find out more about cookies and their use on the Internet, you may find the following links useful:
The IAB has provided the following website to give information specifically about privacy issues around Internet advertising:
For further legal information about privacy issues, you may find these links useful:
If you would like to contact us about cookies please e-mail us: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Below is a list of the cookies we use.
Cookies set by the content management software we use to run and update our site.
|Sets the datetime that the user last visited the site, and is set for both guests and logged in users. If not set, is automatically set to 10 years ago. Affects guests and logged in users.
|Tracks the last 5 pages viewed by the user, and is used primarily for redirection after logging in etc. Affects guests and logged in users.
|End of session
|Every time the state is updated (the page reloaded) the last activity is set to the current datetime. Used to determine expiry. This is essential for logged in users, but not for guests – it is set for both.
|A uniquely generated ID that corresponds to the session_id column in the exp_session table. Used when cookie and session are set as the session type. Used only for logged in members.
|Determines the length of the session for a logged in user. There are two options for this cookie: if the user has selected remember me then it is set to 1 year, and if not then it’s set to the datetime that the user logged in. Used only for logged in members.
Google Analytics: Cookies set by Google Analytics to help us monitor visits to our site. For more information click here. To opt out of being tracked by Google Analytics across all websites, visit https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout
|Used to throttle request rate.
|Not used in ga.js. Set for interoperability with urchin.js. Historically, this cookie operated in conjunction with the __utmb cookie to determine whether the user was in a new session/visit.
|End of session
|Used to store visitor-level custom variable data. This cookie is created when a developer uses the _setCustomVar method with a visitor level custom variable. This cookie was also used for the deprecated _setVar method. The cookie is updated every time data is sent to Google Analytics.
AddThis: Cookies set by AddThis to allow users to share content via social media. For more information, click here.
|Measures how often an AddThis user is seen
|Records user sharing and social activity
|Uniquely assigned machine-generated user ID
|Maintenance cookies that help manage expiration for other cookies
|User interest modeling
|Measures how often we see an AddThis user
|These cookies are used in recording user sharing and social activity
|Geolocation, used to help publishers know approximately where people sharing information are located. (State level)