What is a cookie?

Many websites use cookies in order to improve your user experience by enabling the website to remember you for the duration of your visit or for repeat visits.

Cookies do lots of different jobs. They help you navigate between pages efficiently, storing your preferences, and generally improving your experience of a website. Cookies make the interaction between you and the website faster and easier. If a website doesn’t use cookies, it will think you are a new visitor every time you move to a new page on the site it won’t be able to keep you logged in.

Some websites will also use cookies to enable them to target their advertising or marketing messages based for example, on your location and/or browsing habits. Cookies may be set by the website you are visiting (‘first party cookies’) or they may be set by other websites who run content on the page you are viewing (‘third party cookies’).

What is in a cookie?

A cookie is a simple text file that is stored on your computer or mobile device by a website’s server and only that server will be able to retrieve or read the contents of that cookie. Each cookie is unique to your web browser. It will contain some anonymous information such as a unique identifier and the site name and some digits and numbers. It allows a website to remember things like your preferences or what’s in your shopping basket.

When does Think Tank Media use cookies?

Most of this website does not use cookies. The primary use of cookies is through Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google, Inc. ("Google"). Google Analytics uses cookies to help the website analyse how users use the site. The information generated by the cookie about your use of the website (including your IP address) will be transmitted to and stored by Google on servers in the United States. Google will use this information for the purpose of providing just us with information about use of the website. Google may also transfer this information to third parties where required to do so by law, or where such third parties process the information on Google’s behalf. Google will not associate your IP address with any other data held by Google. The information collected will be used merely for statistical analysis and cannot be used for marketing purposes.

By using this website, you consent to the processing of data about you by Google in the manner and purposes set out above.

Third party cookies

If you use a share button on our website, a cookie may be set by the service you have chosen to share content through. We do not control these cookies and by clicking on these buttons you are agreeing to the terms of these services. You should check the relevant third party website for more information about these.

Web browser cookies

If you don’t want to receive any cookies, you can modify your browser so that it notifies you when cookies are sent to it or you can refuse cookies altogether. You can also delete cookies that have already been set.

If you wish to restrict or block web browser cookies which are set on your device then you can do this through your browser settings; the Help function within your browser should tell you how. Alternatively, you may wish to visit www.aboutcookies.org, which contains comprehensive information on how to do this on a wide variety of desktop browsers as well as other useful information on cookies.

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