Last updated October 2017
What is a cookie?
A cookie is either a small text file that is stored on your hard drive, or some information that is stored in memory until you close your browser. Any given website can store and read only its own cookies; it cannot read a cookie set by another website, nor can it inject information into cookies set by other websites.
What is its purpose?
A cookie helps website operators monitor usage of their website, and it also enables them to provide a secure personalized browsing experience for their users. In addition, cookies are often used on eCommerce websites to facilitate the shopping experience.
- To store session information while users are browsing its websites.
- To enable more accurate reporting of site usage data, such as new visitors, unique visitors and returning visitors.
- To enable targeted content to be served on its sites or other third party sites based on your browsing history (see privacy considerations below).
What kind of cookies do we use?
Strictly necessary cookies: we use strictly necessary cookies to facilitate the correct navigation of the website and portal as well as to ensure that content loads effectively. These cookies are essential to providing the services or any features you have requested.
Functionality cookies: we use functionality cookies to remember choices you make (such as language preference, country location, or other online settings) and provide the personalized or enhanced features that you select. Our functionality cookies can be used to provide online services to you, or to prevent online services from being offered to you if you previously indicated you did not want to receive such services. We do not use functionality cookies to identify you; however, we may use these cookies to track your browsing across our websites and online portal.
Third-party cookies: We may use third party cookies for marketing and analytics purposes. These are cookies that are managed by a domain name different from Guardian Digital, including:
- Google Inc.: for the purpose of providing its Google Analytics service, which allows Guardian Digital to understand how users interact with the website.
- Siteimprove: for the purpose of collecting data that helps Guardian Digital understand how users interact within the website.
- MultiView, Inc.: for the purpose of providing targeted advertising on behalf of Guardian Digital as you browse other websites.
- LinkedIn: for the purpose of helping Guardian Digital understand the effectiveness of its posts and advertising on the LinkedIn website.
Cookies and your privacy
A cookie cannot read data from elsewhere on your computer; thus, it cannot steal any personally identifiable information about you. A cookie could store your personal information only if you had first entered it into a Web form and then the operators of the website chose to store it as part of the cookie. Guardian Digital may request and store personal information to customize your experience on our sites. We will never share this information with third parties without your consent, except where required by law.
As stated earlier, a given website cannot read cookies set by other websites. However, websites can include content, such as banner images, from third-party sites that set their own cookies. Subsequently, other sites that you visit that include content from the same third-party site may be customized based on your previous browsing history. In this manner, it may appear as though these sites have read your cookies, but it is really because of the third-party cookie.
Guardian Digital recognizes its users' privacy concerns. You may choose to reject cookies either outright, or on a case-by-case basis. However, please be aware that our applications and websites may require you to accept cookies in order to use some or all of their features.
If you wish to withdraw your consent to this Cookies Policy at any time, you should delete the cookies stored on your device via the settings and configurations on your internet browser.
You can allow, block or delete installed cookies on your computer by configuring the options of the web browser installed on your computer. For more information, refer to the following links.