What are cookies?
A cookie (web cookie, or browser cookie) is a small file which is stored on your computer when you visit a website. These files are used by the website for a number of things but mainly to remember where you have been on the website and what you are searching for.
For a more details read more about cookies on Wikipedia.
In order to achieve this we use the popular Google Analytics system which shows us what our most popular sections are, what our users type into Google in order to find us and how effective our news and media campaigns are.
For an insight into how we use this information you can download a copy of our January 2012 Google Analytics report (5 pages, PDF).
What do these cookies look like?
If you check your web browser settings for the cookies that our site has stored on your computer you should see:
|Cookie Name||Purpose||Cookie Identifier|
|Google Analytics||Tracks how you use our website, which areas you visit and how you found our website. Also tells us about how you accessed our site (if you used a mobile or PC for example) and how long you spent reading information||__utma
|News comments||Used when you submit a comment to any of our news articles or blog posts.||comment_author_[random string]
Other ways your information may be tracked via our website
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