What are cookies?
Cookies are small text files containing a string of characters that are placed on your computer or mobile device that uniquely identify your browser or device.
What are cookies used for?
Cookies allow a website or web-based service to know if your computer or device has visited that site or service before. Cookies can then be used to help understand how the site or service is being used, help you navigate between pages efficiently, help remember your preferences, and generally improve your browsing experience. Cookies can also help ensure marketing you see online is more relevant to you and your interests.
What types of cookies does the “GT” Blog use?
There are generally four categories of cookies: “Strictly Necessary,” “Performance,” “Functionality,” and “Targeting.” The “GT” Blog may now, or in the future, routinely use all four categories of cookies. You can find out more about each cookie category below.
Strictly Necessary Cookies. These cookies are essential, as they enable you to move around the “GT” Blog and use its features, such as accessing logged in or secure areas (if applicable in future).
Functionality Cookies. These cookies allow us to remember things about your, such as whether or not your closed and accepted the banner that led you to this page, whether you made a comment on a post of page, when you logged in or out (if applicable now or in the future), the state or history of tools you’ve used or will use now or in the future. These cookies also allow us to tailor the “GT” Blog to provide enhanced features and content for you now and in the future, and to remember how you may have customised the website in other ways. The information these cookies collect may be anonymous, and they are not used to track your browsing activity on other sites or services.
Targeting Cookies. the “GT” Blog, our advertising partners or other third-party partners may use these types of cookies to deliver advertising that is relevant to your interests. These cookies can remember that your device has visited a site or service, and may also be able to track your device’s browsing activity on other sites or services. This information may be shared with third-party organisations, such as advertisers and/or advertising networks to deliver the advertising, and to help measure the effectiveness of an advertising campaign, or other business partners for the purpose of providing aggregate usage statistics and testing.
How long will cookies stay on my device?
The length of time a cookie will stay on your computer or mobile device depends on whether it is a “persistent” or “session” cookie. Session cookies will only stay on your device until you stop browsing. Persistent cookies stay on your computer or mobile device until they expire or are deleted.
First- and third-party cookies
First-party cookies are cookies that belong to the “GT” Blog. Third-party cookies are cookies that another party places on your device. Third-party cookies may be placed on your device by someone providing a service for the “GT” Blog, for example to help us understand how the “GT” Blog is being used. Third-party cookies may also be placed on your device by the “GT” Blog’s business partners and advertisers so that they can use them to advertise products and services to you elsewhere on the Internet.
How to control and delete cookies
Deleting cookies is simple. Do a search on “how to delete cookies”, such as this one. Find a “how-to” guide that fits your browser and/or device.
If you wish to block cookies do a search on “how to block cookies”, such as this one. Again, find a “how-to” guide that fits your browser and/or device.
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