Cookie Policy

Introduction

By accessing and using our website or other services, you are agreeing to the terms of this policy and our privacy policy. Please do read these policies carefully so you know what we are doing with your information.

We may update this cookie policy from time to time and will post any changes on our website at www.hertsessexnews.co.uk so it's a good idea to come back occasionally and read through it again. This cookie policy was last updated on 24 May 2012.

What are cookies?

Cookies are small files of letters and numbers. These files are either stored in the memory of your computer or other device such as mobile phones or tablet devices (these cookies are generally known as session cookies) or are placed on the hard drive of your device (generally known as persistent cookies).

Cookies are created when you visit a website that uses cookies. Cookies are commonly used by websites to help the user’s browsing experience and provide more information about the user’s experience and interests. This information is generally used to make content, services and advertising more relevant and useful during future visits.

For more details about cookies and details of how to delete and disable cookies you can visit www.aboutcookies.org and also see our section on more information and turning cookies off below.

How does Herts & Essex Newspapers use cookies?

Our website www.hertsessexnews.co.uk uses cookies to distinguish you from other users of our website and to provide increased functionality when you are using our website. This helps us to provide you with a good experience when you browse our website and also allows us to improve our website and our services.

Unless you have adjusted your browser settings to refuse cookies, our systems will issue cookies as soon you visit our website or access other services. If you have switched off cookies then some of the functionality of our website or services may not be available to you.

Please note that not all the cookies on our sites are set by us but we have indicated in this policy where cookies are set by third parties.

What cookies are on the Herts & Essex Newspapers website?

The cookies on our website are mainly functional and analytical cookies.

Analytical cookies

Analytical cookies allow us to recognise and to count the number of visitors to our website, to see how visitors move around the website when they are using it and to record which content viewers view and are interested in. This helps us to determine how frequently particular pages and advertisements are visited and to determine the most popular areas of our website and/or services. This helps us to improve the service which we offer to you by helping us make sure our users are finding the information they are looking for, by providing anonymised demographic data to third parties in order to target advertising more appropriately to you, and by tracking the success of advertising campaigns on our website.

Functional cookies

Functional cookies relate to the functionality of our website and allow us to improve the services we offer to you through our website, for example:

  • by recording your opinion or action (e.g. where you have voted in a poll);
  • by allowing you to carry information across pages of our website to avoid you having to re-enter information or interact more quickly;
  • to allow you to access stored information if you have registered with us;
  • by recognising your preferences when you return to our website(s);
  • by enabling us to serve the appropriate regionalised service relevant to your location; or
  • by ensuring that any adverts which you view on our website are not repeated within a short space of time.

What functional and analytical cookies do we use?

We have set out below the main functional and analytical cookies that we use:

Name of Cookie

What does it do?

Login

We use this cookie when you login to post comments and request that we remember you for future visits

UserName 

We use this cookie when you do not login to post comments and request that we remember your username for future visits

UserEmail

We use this cookie when you do not login to post comments and request that we remember your email for future visits

Polls 

We use this cookie when you vote in a poll so we can track people voting twice.

CookieCheck 

We use this cookie to see if you have seen the cookie alert before, so we don't show it again.

We also use analytical cookies which are operated on our behalf by the organisations listed below to help us deliver our services.

Organisation setting the cookie

Name of cookie

What does it do?

Google Analytics

Our website uses Google Analytics, a web analytics tool provided by Google Ireland Limited (“Google”). Google Analytics uses cookies to help the website analyse how users use the website. The information generated by the cookies about your use of the website and your current IP address will be transmitted by your browser to and will be stored by Google on servers in the United States and other countries. Google will use this information on our behalf to evaluate your use of the website, compile reports on website activity and provide us with other services relating to website activity and internet usage. The IP address collected through Google Analytics will not be associated with any other data held by Google.

_utma

This cookie helps us determine the number of unique visitors to our website.

_utmz

This cookie helps us determine the referral method for people visiting our website. This helps us to analyse the traffic arriving at our website and to determine which are the most popular routes (e.g. direct, search engine search, email link).

_utmb

We use this cookie to help us to record the length of individual sessions from our users on our website. Each time you move to a new page within our website within 30 minutes of arriving the cookie updates so that we know that you are still actively using our website within a single session.

_utmc

Similar to _utmb, we use this cookie to help us record the length of individual sessions on our website.

Cookies that are set by third parties

From time to time, Herts & Essex Newspapers may sell advertising space to third parties who may deploy cookies to gather information about users to target their advertising to those users.

The website may include functionality enabling you to interact with the site using social media tools such as Facebook or twitter. Such interactions may require the use of cookies by Facebook.com or twitter.com to recognise you as a user of those platforms and match your actions with your social media account. You can find out more detail about Facebook’s use of data at the Facebook Data Use Policy and more detail about twitter’s use of data in the twitter Privacy Policy.

When do our cookies expire?

Except for essential cookies, most of the cookies on our websites expire at the end of your current session on our website. However, some of our cookies have an extended lifespan which ranges from 1 day to 26 years. Where we specify that the cookie being used is a flash cookie, please note that flash cookies do not expire.

Where can I find more information about cookies, and how do I turn cookies off or delete cookies?

Find out more about cookies including how to disable/enable and delete them at the following website www.aboutcookies.org.

You can block most cookies (except for Flash cookies) by activating the setting on your browser that allows you to refuse the setting of all or some cookies. However, if you use your browser settings to block all cookies (including essential cookies) you may not be able to access all or parts of our sites, or you may experience reduced functionality when accessing certain services. Unless you have adjusted your browser setting so that it will refuse cookies, our system will issue cookies as soon you visit our website.

You may reject or delete Google Analytics cookies by downloading and installing the Google Analytics Opt-out Browser Add-on available here.

 

Generally you can't delete Flash cookies (also known as local shared objects) with browser controls, but Adobe's website at www.adobe.com provides information on how to delete or disable Flash cookies. Click here for details.

Contact us

Our full details are set out in our privacy policy. You can email us with any questions, queries or complaints at newsdesk@hertsessexnews.co.uk.

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