What is a cookie?
A cookie is a small piece of data sent from a website and stored in a user's web browser while the user is browsing that website. Every time the user loads the website, the browser sends the cookie back to the server to notify the website of the user's previous activity.
Cookies were designed to be a reliable mechanism for websites to remember stateful information (such as items in a shopping basket) or to record the user's browsing activity (including clicking particular buttons, logging in, or recording which pages were visited by the user as far back as months or years ago).
Why cookies on a516digital?Here is a list of the cookies that might be sent to your browser as a result of accessing a516digital and why they are needed to provide you with the best experience when using this site:
Google Analytics: We monitor web traffic to the site in association with Google Analytics. This anonymous information, for example, tells us which browsers are being used and where users are coming from. Also it records how many users visit the various parts of the site. This is useful information required to develop and improve the website, e.g. to work with different browsers and to see what type of content is of most interest to people who visit this site.
Google AdSense: In order to provide personalised adverts, cookies are provided by Google AdSense and its partners. You can control the adverts you see: click here for more information.
Social media: Sites such as Twitter, Facebook and G+ plug into this site, so you can use social media functions to share articles and pages. Please visit the relevant social media sites for details of their respective privacy policies. a516digital doesn't see this information.
Amazon: a cookie may be set because of advertising from Amazon on this site (may not always apply on the simplified mobile version of the site).
Google account related cookies: You can comment on this site using a Google Account, which you will have if you have Gmail, an Android phone with Google Play, a YouTube account, for example. a516digital can't see any personal details if you're browsing whilst signed in. If you disable cookies, it may stop you from using the comments function easily.
Cloudflare: A cookie may be set by Cloudflare, a service now used by a516digital to improve website loading times. We introduced this service following feedback from readers who were having troubles with slow page loading times earlier in 2015.
You may want to configure your browser to only accept the cookies you wish to approve.
However, some of the functions of the website, for example the comments facility provided by Google, may not be available if you disallow all cookies. Rest assured that a516digital does not see any personal log-in information when you are logged into Google.
- For information on disallowing cookies click here.
Monitoring / Analytics
Further information about the use of Analytics tools:
a516digital cannot trace individual users and Google does not provide a516digital with any personal information.
Further information about adverts on the site and what you can do if you have a problem:
Adverts (when present) are provided exclusively by our chosen ad partners Google Adsense and Amazon.co.uk. These provide the website with income to cover running costs and a516digital works hard to ensure that most of the advertising is relevant, but not intrusive. Please use the contact form if you encounter issues with, or as a result of the adverts, especially if you spot an advert that autoplays sound or video.
Other privacy matters:
a516digital is on Twitter @a516digital and on facebook. By accessing a516digital on social media platforms you must abide by their relevant terms and conditions. Don't disclose sensitive or personal information on social media.
Other privacy issues
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a516digital last reviewed this information on 29/09/2015. If you have any comments about this information, please use the contact form.