'Cookies' are small text files that are stored by the browser (e.g. Internet Explorer or Safari) on your computer or mobile phone. They allow websites to store such things as user preferences. You can think of cookies as providing a "memory" for the website, enabling it to recognise a user and respond appropriately.
A visit to a page on Tapvote may generate the following types of cookie:
This type of cookie remembers your preferences for tools found on Tapvote, so you don't have to re-set them each time you visit. For example when setting your home area.
Anonymous analytics cookies:
Every time a user visits our website, web analytics software provided by a third party generates an anonymous analytics cookie.
These cookies can tell us whether or not you have visited the site before.
Your browser will tell us if you have these cookies, and if you don't, we generate new ones.
This allows us to track how many individual unique users we have, and how often they visit the site.
Unless you are signed in to Tapvote, these cookies cannot be used to identify individuals; they are used for statistical purposes only. If you are logged in, we will also know the details you gave to us for this, such as username and email address.
These cookies are used by software which tries to work out what country you are in from information supplied by your browser when it requests a web page. To ensure that the correct country specific information is shown to you.
When you register with Tapvote, we generate cookies that signal whether you are signed in or not.
Our servers use these cookies to work out which account you are signed in with, and if you are allowed access to particular content. It also allows us to associate any comments you post with your username.
If you have not selected 'remember me' your cookies get deleted when you either close your browser or shut down your computer.
While you are signed in, we combine information from your registration cookies with analytics cookies, which we could use to identify which pages you have seen on Tapvoteas an individual,
Other third party cookies
On some pages of the Tapvote, third parties 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, Tapvote cannot access these cookies, nor can the third parties access the data in cookies used by Tapvote.
For example, when you share an article using a social media sharing button on Tapvote, the social network that has created the button will record that you have done this.
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. For example, we cannot tell if you are signed in without using cookies, so you would not be able to post comments.
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 setttings, the following links may be helpful, otherwise you should use the 'Help' option in your browser for more details.