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Cookies Experience and Web Beacons

1. What are “cookies”?

“Cookies” are small text files that are stored by the browser (for example, Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome) on your computer or mobile cellphone. They allow websites to store things like user preferences. You can think of cookies as providing a “memory” for the website so that it can recognise you when you come back and respond appropriately.


2. Performance cookies

This type of cookie remembers your preferences for tools found on the AE Digital Medium, so you do not have to reset them each time you visit. Examples include:

  • whether you see the latest or the oldest article comments first
  • video streaming speeds that are compatible with your browser
  • volume settings for our video player

3. Anonymous analytics cookies

Every time someone visits our AE Digital Medium, software provided by another organisation generates an “anonymous analytics cookie.” These cookies can tell us whether or not you have visited us before.

Your browser will tell us if you have these cookies and, if you do not, we generate new ones. This allows us to track how many individual users we have, and how often they visit the AE Digital Medium.

Unless you are signed in to the AE Digital Medium, we cannot use these cookies to identify individuals. We use them to gather statistics, for example, the number of visits to an article or page. If you are logged in, we will also know the details you gave to us for this, such as your username and email address.


4. Geotargetting cookies

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 read our articles or browse our pages – and advertising.


5. Registration cookies

When you register with the AE Digital Medium, we generate cookies that let us know whether you are signed in or not.

Our servers use these cookies to work out which account you are signed in with, and if you are allowed access to a particular service. It also allows us to associate any comments you publish with your username.

If you have not selected “keep me signed in,” your cookies get deleted when you either close your browser or shut down your computer.

While you are signed into either of the websites, we combine information from your registration cookies with analytics cookies, which we could use to identify which pages you have seen on the AE Digital Medium.


6. Advertising cookies

These cookies allow us to know whether or not you have seen an advertisement or a type of advertising, and how long it is since you have seen it.

We also use cookies to help us use targeted advertising. We may use cookies set by another organisation so we can more accurately target advertising to you. For example, we may show advertisements about holidays if you have recently visited the travelling section of the AE Digital Medium. These cookies are anonymous – they store information about what you are looking at on the AE Digital Medium, but not about who you are.

We also set anonymous cookies on certain other websites that we advertise on. If you receive one of those cookies, we may then use it to identify you as having visited that website if you later visit the AE Digital Medium. We can then target our advertising based on this information.


7. Third party advertising cookies

Plenty of the advertisements you see on the AE Digital Medium are provided by other organisations. Some of these organisations use their own anonymous cookies to track how many people have seen a particular advertisement 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 organisations may use their cookies to anonymously target advertising to you on other websites, based on your visit to the AE Digital Medium.


8. Other third-party cookies

On some pages of the AE Digital Medium, other organisations may also set their own anonymous cookies. They do this to track the success of their application, or to customise the application for you. Because of how cookies work, the AE Digital Medium cannot access these cookies, nor can the other organisation access the data in cookies we use on the AE Digital Medium.

For example, when you share an article using a social media sharing button (for example, Facebook) on the AE Digital Medium, the social network that has created the button will record that you have done this.


9. How do you turn cookies off

It is usually possible to stop your browser accepting cookies, or to stop it accepting cookies from a particular website. However, we cannot tell if you are signed in without using cookies, so you would not be able to publish comments.

All modern browsers allow you to change the cookie settings. You can usually find these settings in the “options,” “settings” 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:

If you are primarily concerned about third party cookies generated by advertisers, you can turn these off by going to the Your Online Choices website.

You can also visit the trade body representing these advertising platforms for more information: Network Advertising Initiative.

They have provided a website where you can control all third-party online advertising. Please note that there are many more networks listed on this website than those that we use at AE Digital Medium.


10. Useful links

If you would like to find out more about cookies and their use on the Internet, you may find the following links useful:

The Interactive Advertising Bureau 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 this hyperlink useful:

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