Without some of the cookies that we use, our website wouldn’t work. Other cookies that we use on the Bath Echo site perform functions such as recognise you when you make a comment so you don’t have to log in again.
Some also tell us which parts of the sites are most popular, which articles are most read and which sections might need a bit of a makeover.
A cookie is a file containing an identifier (a string of letters and numbers) that is sent by a web server to a web browser, and stored by the browser. The identifier is then sent back to the server each time the browser requests a page from the server.
Cookies can be used by web servers to identity and track users as they navigate different pages on a website, and to identify users returning to a website.
Cookies may be either “persistent” cookies or “session” cookies. A persistent cookie consists of a text file sent by a web server to a web browser, which will be stored by the browser and will remain valid until its set expiry date (unless deleted by the user before the expiry date). A session cookie, on the other hand, will expire at the end of the user session, when the web browser is closed.
Cookies on this website
We use both session and persistent cookies on nowbath.co.uk:
It is possible for you to receive any of the following cookies while on our website:
(1) Google Analytics – Collect information about how visitors use our site. We use the information to compile reports and to help us improve the site.
(2) Twitter – Features for sharing via Twitter, and viewing tweets by other people.
(3) Facebook – Features for sharing via Facebook. Does not set a cookie by itself, but if one is present it will read it.
(4) Google+ – Features for sharing via Google+. Does not set a cookie by itself, but if one is present it will read it.
(5) Affiliate Window (and their partners) – Used to display our advertising and track the progress.
How we use these cookies
Our cookies do not contain any information that could personally identify you, but personal information that we store about you may be linked, by us, to the information that is stored in and obtained from the cookies.
We may use the information we obtain from your use of our cookies for the following purposes:
- To recognise your computer when you visit our website (and ascertain if you have visited before.)
- To track you as you navigate our website, and for us to see where you visit.
- To improve our website’s usability.
- To analyse how our website is used.
- To personalise our website for you, including the advertisements we may display.
Third party cookies
When you use our website, you may also be sent third party cookies.
Our advertisers may send you cookies. They may use the information they obtain from your use of their cookies:
(1) To track your browser across multiple websites.
(2) To build a profile of your web surfing.
(3) To target advertisements which may be of particular interest to you.
In addition, we use Google Analytics to analyse the use of this website.
Google Analytics generates statistical and other information about website use by means of cookies, which are stored on the users’ computers.
Most browsers allow you to refuse to accept cookies. For example:
(1) in Internet Explorer you can refuse all cookies by clicking “Tools”, “Internet Options”, “Privacy”, and selecting “Block all cookies” using the sliding selector
(2) in Firefox you can block all cookies by clicking “Tools”, “Options”, and un-checking “Accept cookies from sites” in the “Privacy” box.
Blocking all cookies will, however, have a negative impact upon the usability of many websites. If you block cookies, you will not be able to use some features on this website.
You can also delete cookies already stored on your computer:
(1) in Internet Explorer, you must manually delete cookie files;
(2) in Firefox, you can delete cookies by, first ensuring that cookies are to be deleted when you “clear private data” (this setting can be changed by clicking “Tools”, “Options” and “Settings” in the “Private Data” box) and then clicking “Clear private data” in the “Tools” menu.
Obviously, doing this may have a negative impact on the usability of many websites.
This website is owned and operated by Media Bath Limited.
If you have any questions about our cookies or this Cookies Policy, please contact us by email – [email protected]