What are Cookies?
Cookies and other online tracking technologies are small bits of data or code that are used to identify your
devices when you use and interact with our websites and other services. They are often used for remembering your
preferences, to identify popular news stories, and remember you’re logged in, allowing you to comment on stories.
What Cookies do we use and how do we use them?
Essential cookies and similar technologies
These are vital for the running of our services on our websites and apps. Without the use of these cookies parts
a subscription in order to access content they are entitled to on the website. We use these cookies to tell if
you’re logged in to your account, which allows extra functionality, such as making comments on stories.
Analytics cookies and similar technologies
These collect information about your use of our websites and apps, and enable us to improve the way it works. For
example, analytics cookies show us which are the most frequently visited pages on The Sun or The Times websites
allowing us to provide the most popular news articles further up the page. They help us record how you interact
with our websites, such as how you navigate around pages and from page to page; identifying improvements we can
make to the customer journey. They also help identify any difficulties you have accessing our services, so we can
fix any problems. Additionally these cookies allow us to see overall patterns of usage at an aggregated level.
Functional/preference cookies and similar technologies
These cookies collect information about your choices and preferences, and allow us to remember things like
language, your username (so you can log in faster), text size, and location, so we can show you relevant content
to where you are. They allow us to customize the services you have accessed. We also use these cookies to provide
you with services such as video clips.
Tracking, advertising cookies and similar technologies
We use these types of technologies to provide advertisements that are more relevant to your interests. This can be
done by delivering online adverts based your previous web browsing activity, known as “online behavioural
advertising” (OBA). Cookies are placed on your browser which will remember the websites you have visited.
Advertising based on what you have been looking at is then displayed to you when you visit websites who use the
same advertising networks.
Most modern browsers are set to accept cookies by default, but you can change your settings to notify you when a
cookie is being set or updated, or to block cookies altogether. Please consult the “Help” section of your browser.