What are cookies?

Cookies are used by many websites in order to improve users’ experience by enabling a website to ‘remember’ you, either for the duration of your visit (using a ‘session cookie’) or for repeat visits (using a ‘persistent cookie’). Cookies do lots of different jobs, like letting you navigate between pages efficiently, storing your preferences, and generally enable us to improve the performance of our website. Cookies make the interaction between you and the website faster and easier. Cookies may be set by the website you are visiting (‘first party cookies’) or they may be set by other websites who run content on the page you are viewing (‘third party cookies’).

What’s in a cookie?

A cookie is a simple text file that is stored on your computer or mobile device by a website’s server and only that server will be able to retrieve or read the contents of that cookie. Each cookie is unique to your web browser. It will contain some anonymous information such as a unique identifier and the site name and some digits and numbers.

Use of cookies on our websites

We use cookies on our website to collect information about how visitors use the site and to enhance aspects of the performance of our website. This is important to us as we want to deliver and improve our visitors’ user experience across the website. Cookies are not harmful to your computer. We do not use cookies to store any personal or sensitive information about you, nor do we pass any of your personal details to third parties. However, for your peace of mind, we have detailed all the cookies we use on Fourth Estate owned web sites below so that you can see exactly what we use them for.

  • We use Google Analytics cookies to understand how users browse our website in order to make it a better browsing experience for everyone.
  • These include storing anonymous information about our users’ browser and their IP address so that Google can track unique visitors.
  • We use a cookie to detect a user’s connection and browser for real time traffic measurement purposes.
  • We use an essential cookie to track the session ID.
  • We use an essential cookie to ensure that users end up at the same server when going through the load balancer.
  • To integrate our website with social media, we use cookies from companies like Facebook and Twitter in order for their users to get the most out of visiting our site.
  • Retargeting: our website also employs cookies and similar technologies placed by our carefully selected third party partners to help provide you with products and services and manage our commercial relationship with those partners.

What to do if you don’t want cookies to be set

Some people find the idea of a website storing information on their computer or mobile device a bit intrusive, particularly when this information is stored and used by a third party without them knowing.

If you prefer, it is possible to block some or all cookies or even to delete cookies that have already been set; although if you do this you may lose some of the website functionality. If you don’t want to receive cookies, you can modify your browser so that it notifies you when cookies are sent to it or you can refuse cookies altogether.

You can also delete cookies that have already been set. If you wish to restrict or block web browser cookies which are set on your device then you can do this through your browser settings.

Click on the Help function within your browser to find out more.