What are Cookies?
Cookies are small data files that allow a website to collect and store a range of data on your desktop computer, laptop or mobile device.
Cookies help us to provide important features and functionality on our website and we use them to improve your customer experience.
Here are examples of the different types of Cookies:
First Party Cookies
These cookies are set by the website you’re visiting. And only that website can read them.
Third Party Cookies
These cookies are set by someone other than the owner of the website you’re visiting. Some web pages may also contain content from other sites (we don’t currently link to other sites) like YouTube or Facebook which may set their own cookies. Also, if you share a link to a page, the service you share it on (for example, Facebook) may set a cookie on your browser. We have no control over third-party cookies – you can turn them off, but not through us.
These cookies only last as long as your online session, and disappear from your computer or device when you close your browser (like Internet Explorer or Safari).
These cookies stay on your computer or device after your browser has been closed and last for a time specified in the cookie. We use persistent cookies when we need to know who you are for more than one browsing session. For example, we use them to remember your preferences for the next time you visit.
Strictly Necessary Cookies
These cookies let you use all the different parts of the BBC website. Without them, services that you’ve asked for can’t be provided.
These help us personalise the website to you by remembering your preferences and settings. Some examples of how we use these cookies are:
Remembering the items in basket
Remembering if you visited the website before so that messages for new visitors are not displayed to you
Remembering settings on the website like colour, font size and layout
These help us make sure that the website is working properly and fix any errors.
Some websites use advertising networks to show you specially targeted adverts when you visit. These networks may also be able to track your browsing across different sites. We don’t set advertising cookies on our website currently.
Other Tracking Technologies
Some sites use things like web beacons, clear GIFs, page tags and web bugs to understand how people are using them and to target advertising to them.
They usually take the form of a small, transparent image that is embedded in a web page or email. They work with cookies and capture data like your IP address, when you viewed the page or email, what device you were using and where you were.