What are cookies?
are small text files which a website may put on your computer or mobile
device when you first visit a site or page. The cookie will help the
website, or another website, to recognise your device the next time you
visit. Web beacons or other similar files can also do the same thing. We
use the term "cookies" in this policy to refer to all files that
collect information in this way.
There are many functions cookies
serve. For example, they can help us to remember your username and
preferences, analyse how well our website is performing, or even allow
us to recommend content we believe will be most relevant to you.
cookies contain personal information – for example, if you click to
"remember me" when logging in, a cookie will store your username.
cookies won’t collect information that identifies you, and will instead
collect more general information such as how users arrive at and use our
websites, or a user’s general location.
What sort of cookies do the dotDigital websites use?
Generally, our cookies perform up to four different functions:
1. Essential cookies
cookies are essential for the operation of our website. For example,
some cookies allow us to identify subscribers and ensure they can access
the subscription only pages. If a subscriber opts to disable these
cookies, the user will not be able to access all of the content that a
subscription entitles them to.
2. Performance Cookies
utilise other cookies to analyse how our visitors use our websites and
to monitor website performance.
This allows us to provide a high quality
experience by customising our offering and quickly identifying and
fixing any issues that arise.
For example, we might use performance
cookies to keep track of which pages are most popular, which method of
linking between pages is most effective, and to determine why some pages
are receiving error messages.
We might also use these cookies to
highlight articles or site services that we think will be of interest to
you based on your usage of the website.
3. Functionality Cookies
use functionality cookies to allow us to remember your preferences. For
example, cookies save you the trouble of typing in a username every
time you access the site, and recall your customisation preferences,
such as which regional edition of the website you want to see when you
We also use functionality cookies to provide you with
enhanced services such as allowing you to watch a video online or
comment on a blog.
also use or allow third parties to serve cookies that fall into the
four categories above. For example, like many companies, we use Google
Analytics to help us monitor our website traffic. We may also use third
party cookies to help us with market research, revenue tracking,
improving site functionality and monitoring compliance with our terms
Can a website user block cookies?
As we’ve explained above, cookies help you to get the most out of our websites.
However, if you do wish to disable our cookies then please follow the instructions here
Please remember that if you do choose to disable cookies, you may find that certain sections of our website do not work properly
Do we track whether users open our emails?
emails may contain a single, campaign-unique "web beacon pixel" to tell
us whether our emails are opened and verify any clicks through to links
or advertisements within the email.
We may use this information for
purposes including determining which of our emails are more interesting
to users, to query whether users who do not open our emails wish to
continue receiving them and to inform our advertisers in aggregate how
many users have clicked on their advertisements.
The pixel will be
deleted when you delete the email. If you do not wish the pixel to be
downloaded to your device, you should select to receive emails from us
in plain text rather than HTML.