What are cookies?

Cookies are small text files that are stored by the browser (for example, Internet Explorer or Safari) on your computer or mobile phone. You can think of cookies as a way of our site remembering who you are and what you like.

How does the Canary website use cookies?

A visit to any page on the Canary’s website may generate the following types of cookie:

  • Preference cookies
  • Anonymous analytics cookies
  • Advertising cookies
  • Third party cookies

Preference cookies

This type of cookie remembers your preferences for services found on the website. e.g.

  • preference to see the desktop site on your mobile
  • volume settings for our video player
  • video streaming speeds that are compatible with your browser

Anonymous analytics cookies:

Visits to our website cause software provided by another organisation, to generate an ‘anonymous analytics cookie’. These cookies can tell us whether or not you have visited the site before, pages that you have visited and how long you viewed them. 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 users we have, and how often they visit the site so that we can identify trends and improve our content.

Advertising cookies

Advertising cookies allow us, or our advertising provider to know whether or not you’ve seen an advert or a type of advert, and how long it is since you’ve seen it. We use these, along with cookies set by another organisation, so we can more accurately target advertising. These cookies are anonymous and store only information about what you are looking at on our site, or others, but not about who you are. We also set anonymous cookies on certain other sites that we advertise on. If you receive one of those cookies, we may then use it to identify you as having visited that site if you later visit the Canary. We can then target our advertising based on this information.

Third party cookies

On some pages of our website, other organisations may also set their own anonymous cookies. They do this to track the success of their application, or to customise the application for you. Because of how cookies work, our website cannot access these cookies, nor can the other organisation access the data in cookies we use on our website. For example, when you share an article using Facebook on the Canary, Facebook may record that you have done so.