What is a cookie?
A cookie is a small file that can be placed on your device. It is sent to your browser and stored on your computer’s hard drive, tablet or mobile device. When you visit our sites or apps it can allow us to recognise and remember you.
Technologies similar to cookies
Technologies that store or access information on a user’s device are similar to cookies and also covered by this policy. These technologies may include:
Device fingerprinting – using a set of information without relying on cookies in order to identify a particular device. For this purpose where you are resident in Australia, our partner Ipsos Iris may collect your IP address, monitor settings, type of browser and operating system to create a unique serial number which constitutes a digital “fingerprint”.
Local storage – storage of data in the local device’s cache, for example to load content quicker.
Pixels – a small pixel graphic which is used to track user behaviour, site conversions etc.
Scripts – small computer programs embedded within websites that give them extra functionality but may access user devices.
In this policy we call all cookies and similar technologies “cookies”, for ease.
We use the following cookies:1. Essential cookies. These cookies are needed for the operation of our website, these include, for example, cookies that enable you to log into secure areas of our website, make use of subscription or e-billing services.
2. Analytical/performance cookies. These allow us to recognise and count the number of visitors and to see how visitors move around our website when they are using it. This helps us to improve the way our website works, for example, by ensuring that users are finding what they are looking for easily.
3. Service/functionality cookies. These can help us remember your registration and login details, preferences and to recognise you when you return to our website and personalise content for you, greet you by name and remember your preferences (for example, your choice of language or region).
4. Behavioural/targeting cookies. These cookies are anonymous and cannot identify individuals. They record your visits to our website, the pages you visit, and the links you follow. We will use this information to make our website and the advertising displayed on it more relevant to your interests. We may also share this information with third parties for this purpose.
You can set the browser on your computer to warn you each time a cookie is being sent, block third party cookies or block all cookies. However, by blocking all cookies you may not have access to certain features on our web sites.
We also use “pixel tags,” which are small graphic files that allow us and third parties to monitor the use of the Services and collect Usage Data. A pixel tag can collect information such as the IP address of the computer that downloaded the page on which the tag appears; the URL of the page on which the pixel tag appears; the time (and length of time) the page containing the pixel tag was viewed; the type of browser that retrieved the pixel tag; and the identification number of any cookie previously placed by that server on your computer.
We use pixel tags, either provided by us or by our third-party advertisers, service providers and ad networks, to collect information about your visit, including the pages you view, the links you click and other actions taken in connection with our sites and Services and use them in combination with our cookies to provide offers and information of interest to you. Pixel tags also enable ad networks to serve targeted advertisements to you when you visit the Services or other websites.
Keeping you signed in
Understanding how you use our site, for instance how long you stay on a page or which article you read next
Delivering content to you
Showing you journalism that is relevant to you
Showing you Guardian products and services that are relevant to you
Delivering marketing and service messages to you on our site
Working with partners to deliver relevant advertising to you
Reminding you to complete online journeys
Processing payments and refunds
Monitoring how users interact with pages on our site to identify and remedy interface issues
In the next sections, we explain in more detail how cookies on our site may be useful, as well as when and where you can control them.
For any queries in relation to this Cookies and Tracking Technologies Policy or inquiries from outside of the U.S., please contact us at email@example.com. Please include as much detail as possible about your concern, question, or request. Messages that cannot be understood or do not present a clear request, may not be addressed.