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Cookie and Privacy Policy

a516digital uses cookies to deliver its services, allow you to share content on social media (if signed in) and analyse traffic. Your IP address and user-agent are shared with Google along with performance and security metrics to ensure quality of service, generate usage statistics, and to detect and address abuse.

This page contains information about why certain information is gathered, what it is needed for. This page will tell you how you can manage your settings with our partners and how to opt-out in line with GDPR. The text on this page was last reviewed on 20th December 2018.

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).

Cookies used on a516digital
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.

For more information about how Google uses your data and how you can control it, please see

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.

For more information about how Google uses your data and how you can control it, please see  To manage your advertising settings, please visit

Social media: Twitter and Facebook 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.

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.

For more information on how Google uses your data and how you can control it, please click here

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. More information 
Under EU law (Privacy and Electronic Communications Directive), this is a cookie type that is deemed to be “strictly necessary for the delivery of a service requested by the user” and does not require an opt-out. New legislation does not override this. EU law is being transferred into UK law.

Playbuzz: A cookie may be set by Playbuzz in association with polls operated on the site. a516digital does not use the poll data to identify or target individual users.

Information on managing cookies:  click here.

A list of cookies that might be generated by your visit to this website from third party organisations, including their privacy policy and details on how to opt-out. 

Amazon  (Advertising cookie - being phased out)    Opt out | Privacy policy
Chitika (Advertising cookie)     Opt Out & Privacy Policy 
Facebook Pixel (Advertising cookie)  Opt out | Privacy policy
Google Adsense (Advertising cookie) Opt out | Privacy policy
Google Analytics (Performance cookie)   Opt out | Privacy policy
Playbuzz (Tracking cookie used in polls, quizzes) Opt out  | Privacy policy
Twitter (Tracking cookie)   Opt out* | Privacy policy

*For active Twitter users only. The guide will show you where signed-in users can opt-out on Twitter.

Monitoring / Analytics
Further information about the use of Analytics tools: 

a516digital can and does monitor web traffic to its webpages, whereby in accordance with Google's privacy policy, details about where the traffic comes from, such as the country you are in, the website that took you here, what keywords you used to find us and the browser you are using are logged. Google does not provide a516digital with any personal information. Information gathered may be used to prevent fraudulent use of the website or third-party services provided for your convenience.

In the event of a poll being published, a516digital may employ methods to restrict multiple-voting via a third-party provider. Your personal details or location are not made available to a516digital and we request that our third-party provider does not retain this information beyond 14 months.


Google Analytics   Opt out | Privacy policy

Further information about adverts on the site and what you can do if you have a problem:

Adverts (where present) are provided by our chosen ad partners Google Adsense. These provide the website with income to cover running costs. Please use the contact form quoting the advertiser's name if you encounter issues with, or as a result of the adverts, especially if you spot an advert that autoplays sound or video, as we can request intrusive adverts be removed.


Other privacy matters:
Social Media
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
If you've got news or a story to tell, please indicate if you want your details to be published should the item lead to publication. a516digital will not publish your details until consent is given.

It's our policy to not retain personal data from unsolicited correspondences for more than 30 days unless prior consent has been obtained.

What next?

This information was last reviewed on 20/12/2018. If you have any comments or concerns about this information, please use the contact form.