What are cookies?
'Cookies' are small text files that are stored by the browser (e.g. Internet Explorer or Safari) on your computer or mobile phone. Websites are able to read and write these files, allowing them store things such as user preferences. You can think of cookies as providing a "memory" for the website, enabling it to recognise a user and respond appropriately. Each web domain can only access cookies stored by that specific web domain, meaning that only the expressandstar.com servers can access the cookies set by the expressandstar.com domain. Most web pages contain elements from multiple web domains. Therefore when you visit expressandstar.com, your browser may receive cookies from several sources.
How will disabling cookies change my experience?
Whilst it is important to be aware of the privacy implications of cookies, disabling cookies may negatively impact your online experience by preventing logging in, notifications and customisation. Specifically on expressandstar.com, comments, polls and surveys will no longer be fully usable and your site performance will be less optimised.
A visit to a page on expressandstar.com may generate the following types of cookie:
- User feedback cookies
- Site performance cookies
- Anonymous analytics cookies
- Social sharing cookies
- Video players
- Advertising cookies
- Other third party cookies
User feedback cookies
If you submit a comment on expressandstar.com we use a cookie to show you that your comment is under moderation. This cookie is used for one page load and then removed.
If you vote using the Polldaddy component, one cookie is used to track that a vote has been cast.
On some stories we may embed a form from a third party called Wufoo to provide the form itself and analytics around the form data.
Site performance cookies
One cookie is set by our network hardware to provide faster access times and more reliable sessions.
Anonymous analytics cookies
These cookies cannot be used by us to identify individuals, they are used for aggregated statistics only. This allows us, for example, to tell which stories are the most popular and better optimise our content for the interests of our users.
Social sharing cookies
We deliver several different types of video to users of expressandstar.com, some appear in the content of stories, whilst others may appear on the homepage or in categories. Our video partners are Brightcove, ITN, Yahoo! and YouTube.
Some video components may display video adverts from third parties which operate similarly to display advertising but may use flash cookies rather than traditional cookies.
Advert delivery system
Our display advert delivery system uses one cookie to identify which adverts you have seen previously and another set of cookies which all work to deliver campaigns effectively over a certain timeframe. For more information on the delivery system product from 247realmedia, visit their guide to Cookies in OAS.
Third party adverts
Many of the adverts you see on expressandstar.com are generated by third parties. Some of these third parties use their own anonymous cookies to track how many people have seen a particular ad, or to track how many people have seen it more than once. The companies that generate these cookies have their own privacy policies, and expressandstar.com has no access to read or write these cookies. These third party advertising cookies may be used by those third parties to anonymously target advertising to you on other websites, based on your visit to expressandstar.com.
Other third party cookies
Some components may be included other new third parties rarely or as a one off. These components will often be included to compliment a news story such as a live chat or timeline.
When these components are supplied by third parties they may also set their own anonymous cookies, for the purposes of tracking the success of their application, or customising the application for you. Because of how cookies work, expressandstar.com cannot access these cookies, nor can the third parties access the data in cookies used by expressandstar.com. If any element is used frequently it will be added to this policy in more detail.
How do I turn cookies off?
It is usually possible to stop your browser accepting cookies, or to stop it accepting cookies from a particular website. However, you may find that some aspects of expressandstar.com stop working or work less well if you do this. (For example, we will no longer be able to show you that your comment is under moderation)
All modern browsers allow you to change your cookie settings. These settings will typically be found in the 'options' or 'preferences' menu of your browser. In order to understand these settings, the following links may be helpful, otherwise you should use the 'Help' option in your browser for more details.
Browser cookie settings:
We do not recommend turning cookies off when visiting expressandstar.com, as comments, polls and surveys will no longer be fully usable and your site performance will be less optimised.
If you are primarily concerned about third party cookies generated by advertisers, you can turn these off by going to the Internet Advertising Bureau's (IAB) consumer site.