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).
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 Northern Times website?
The cookies on our website are mainly functional and 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 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?
We use this cookie when you login to post comments and request that we remember you for future visits
We use this cookie when you do not login to post comments and request that we remember your username for future visits
We use this cookie when you do not login to post comments and request that we remember your email for future visits
We use this cookie when you vote in a poll so we can track people voting twice.
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?
This cookie helps us determine the number of unique visitors to our website.
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).
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.
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, Northern Times may sell advertising space to third parties who may deploy cookies to gather information about users to target their advertising to those users.
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?
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.