Cookies are small files that are stored by your web browser as you use the web. They are designed to hold a tiny amount of data to allow websites to do things like remember your settings, whether you are logged in or not or whether you have visited the site before.
Cookies are essential to our sign-in mechanism. They allow the site to remember that you have signed in when browsing around the site. You may need to be signed-in to the site to access some services such as content that is only available to subscribers.
In common with most websites we use a system to measure the amount of traffic to our site. This system is called Google Analytics and is provided to us by a company called Google.
It allows us to understand things like how many people have viewed our site in a given period, how often people visit and what the most popular types of content are. We use this information to help us improve the site in lots of ways. For example, we may realise something we think is a particularly good bit of content is not being viewed as often as we would expect, we may then decide to make that content easier to find via the site navigation options.
In most cases the information processed by the Google Analytics system is anonymous. However, if you are logged in to the site then in theory we are able to match the information you provided to us when you registered with what you have viewed on the site.
On many pages on this site you will see buttons that allow you to share items of interest through Social Networks such as Facebook and other sites that enable sharing such as Digg.com. These buttons may also create cookies within your browsers.
You have several options to allow you to block or delete cookies that are created by this and other websites.
All major browsers allow you to manage the cookies that they accept and store. To find out how to use these options please follow the appropriate link for you browser: