What Are Cookies?

Cookies are tiny text files that a web server places on your computer when you visit a web page. The file is just letters and numbers, it doesn’t run software code. When used by a website, the cookie can help make a webpage more user-friendly, for example by remembering your settings.

Cookies live in the memory of your web browser. Usually, a cookie contains:

The name of the server that created the cookie

A length of time the cookie will exist

A value (typically, a random string of numbers and characters)

Only the webpage that created the cookie can read it. Cookies can be used for a wide range of reasons. On Madshout.com, we use cookies to anonymously track site usage, keep track of sessions and settings, improve website performance and administer services to users and advertisers.

Types of Cookies

We use five types of cookies on Madshout, for a variety of purposes, as set out below.

Anonymous analytics cookies

We use these to analyze and measure the traffic to the site. Examples of analytics cookies include:

Madshout cookie tracks anonymous usage for stats

Google Analytics cookie to track anonymous aggregate usage which allows us to improve the Madshout site

Registration cookies

These types of cookies let us see that you’re logged in, allowing you to comment, react to posts and click badges. Examples of registration cookies on Madshout are:

Madshout cookie keeps your session and settings if you are signed in

Facebook cookie as part of Facebook sign-in to Madshout, and which remembers you when you re-visit Madshout

Third-party cookies (not advertising-related)

These cookies allow us to integrate Madshout with other services like Twitter or Facebook, conduct optional surveys, and help improve the performance of the site. Examples include:

Twitter cookies for Twitter features on Madshout pages, including allowing you tweet about Madshout content

Facebook cookies for Facebook features on Madshout pages, including allowing you to share and like Madshout content on Facebook

Third-party Advertising cookies

These cookies help us deliver and track advertisements on Madshout, including advertisements that are relevant to your interests. Examples of third-party advertising cookies include:

Doubleclick for Advertisers (DFA) cookie for tracking online advertising

Doubleclick cookie for tracking advertising

Turning Off Cookies

You can make your browser stop accepting some or all cookies. But it’s worth noting that with cookies disabled, may affect other things you do online.

All modern browsers let you control your cookie settings. Here’s a list:

Chrome

Firefox

Safari web version & iOS version

Internet Explorer

To specifically turn off third party advertising cookies, you can visit these sites:

Your Online Choices

Network Advertising Initiative

 

Useful Links and Further Reading

To find out more about cookies, how they work and what they do, visit the sites below:

Microsoft Cookies guide

All About Cookies

Cookie Central

Google’s Ad Answers

Quantcast’s Privacy Policy

For more information about privacy and internet advertising, visit this site set up by the IAB:

Your Online Choices

More information about privacy issues:

Data Protection Act 1998

The Information Commissioner’s Office

To contact Madshout about cookies, please you the contact us

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