Cookies

What are cookies?

Cookies are text files stored on your browser as a record of your activity on the site. EU legislation states that all websites must let you know when cookies are in use. Most websites use cookies and they won’t cause any harm to your device. Cookies don’t tell us who you are or give us any personal details about you. If you do not accept the cookies you will still be able to browse our site but some parts of the site may not work.

Which cookies do we use on this site and why?

The main type of cookie that we use is meant to assist us in monitoring site performance. Performance cookies collect anonymous information about how visitors use our website, for example, how many visitors came to our website and when, what browsers visitors use, and how long visitors stay on the site. This data does not contain any information that is personal to you.

The names of the cookies we use on this site and their lifespan are as follows:

  • Webtrends: (expires after 10 years)
  • Google Analytics: __utma (expires 2 years from set/update)
  • Google Analytics: __utmb (expires 30 minutes from set/update)
  • Google Analytics: __utmc (expiration not set)
  • Google Analytics: __utmz (expires 6 months from set/update)
  • BIG-IP (expires same day)
  • accepted_cookie_policy (expiration not set)
  • Quantcast Measure:_qca (expiration 7 days)

Enabling and disabling cookies

No personally identifiable information is stored within cookies. Therefore, we recommend you leave these turned on.

If you decline cookies you may lose some of the beneficial website functions of cookies. These include shopping basket functionality (which is in development for The Gazette websites). We will use cookies to operate the shopping basket system, and in order to complete your online purchase, cookies will need to be enabled.

To check if cookies are enabled on your device, please follow the steps below. Alternatively, view your browser’s help pages or information on how to manage cookies at www.allaboutcookies.org.

Internet Explorer

For versions older than Internet Explorer 10:

  • Click on Tools > Internet Options in the main toolbar.
  • Select the Privacy tab to view your settings.
  • Move the slider to the level of privacy you prefer.

For a brief guide on the meaning of the different privacy levels, please see below:

  • Block all cookies:1) Cookies from all websites will be blocked and 2) Cookies that are already on your computer cannot be read by websites.
  • High privacy:1) Cookies from all websites that do not have a compact policy (a condensed, computer readable-privacy statement) will be blocked. 2) Cookies from all websites that use information that can be used to contact you without your explicit consent will be blocked.
  • Medium-high privacy:1) Cookies from third-party websites that do not have a compact policy (a condensed, computer-readable privacy statement) will be blocked. 2) Cookies from third-party websites that use information that can be used to contact you without your explicit consent will be blocked. 3) Cookies from first-party websites that use information that can be used to contact you without your implicit consent will be deleted from your computer when you close Internet Explorer.
  • Medium privacy:1) Cookies from third-party websites that do not have a compact policy (a condensed, computer-readable privacy statement) will be blocked. 2) Cookies from third-party websites that use information that can be used to contact you without your implicit consent will be blocked. Cookies from first-party websites that use information that can be used to contact you without your implicit consent will be deleted from your computer when you close Internet Explorer.
  • Low privacy:1) Cookies from third-party websites that do not have a compact policy (a condensed, computer-readable privacy statement) will be blocked. 2) Cookies from third-party websites that use information that can be used to contact you without your impicit consent will be deleted from your computer when you close Internet Explorer.
  • Accept all cookies:1) All websites will be allowed to save cookies on your computer. 2) Cookies that are already on your computer can be read by the websites that created them.

Google Chrome

  • Click the spanner icon in the top right hand corner of the browser and select Settings from the drop-down menu.
  • Click on Show advanced settings at the bottom of the page.
  • Select Content settings under the Privacy heading.
  • Manage your preferred cookies settings from this page.

Safari (Mac only)

  • Click on Safari in the toolbar, then select Preferences from the drop-down menu.
  • Click Privacy to view cookie preferences (Note: Safari blocks third-party cookies by default).

Further information

For further information regarding cookies please visit www.allaboutcookies.org.