What is a cookie?
A cookie is a small text file that we, and in certain circumstances third parties, place on your browser when you visit our websites or open some of our emails.
Cookies, amongst other things, allow IPC Media to recognise you each time you re-visit one of our websites and provide you with a more personalised user experience. There are in existence a variety of different cookies which are designed for use in specific sets of circumstances.
When you initially enter one of our sites we may place an anonymous cookie on your browser to enable us to recognise you the next time you visit the website. We may also place a further cookie on your browser when you register for one of our services, this will enable us to remember you next time you come to sign in, eliminating the need for you to re-enter your login details and customising your future uses of our sites.
Cookies may also be used to track your use of IPC Media websites to better develop them, for example, determining which parts of the websites are more popular and determining content accordingly.
We may also place cookies on your browser to provide you with behavioural advertising and monitor the advertising on our sites to, amongst other things, ensure that you are not subjected to intrusive advertising.
Small pieces of code called pixel tags, web beacons or GIF files, are used in conjunction with cookies to help us manage and monitor our online advertising and wider business arrangements with third parties. These files will allow us to aggregate anonymous information relating to advertising and website usage. The type of information collected includes, but is not limited to, information relating to advertising responses, page views, promotion views and purchases made. Such pixel tags may be used to recognise third party cookies (cookies generated by third parties) and inform us and/or third parties of which advertisement or link brought you to our website, allowing us to monitor the efficacy of our business relationships with third parties. Please see the section below entitled 'Use of different cookies' for more detail on the various cookies in use by IPC Media and how they work.
If you do not want your browser to accept cookies and use them in the ways described above it is possible to change your browser settings. It is also possible to delete existing cookies from your browser. However blocking all cookies will affect your web experience and may result in some parts of IPC Media websites not functioning properly. Some cookies are designed to help save you time, for example, by remembering your contact details when you are making an order for the second time â€" this means that you will not have to complete the contact section again unless your details have changed. The procedure for modifying your privacy preferences is different for each internet browser and we recommend you visit the following websites for further information on altering your cookie settings:
For more detailed information on how to clear or disable all of your browser cookies, please go to http://www.google.com/support/accounts/bin/answer.py?answer=32050&hl=en
Use of different cookies
We will use different cookies at various different stages of your use of our websites.
Tracking and Customisation Cookies
These are used to recognise repeat visitors to IPC Media websites and customise the visitor experience, as described above. They may also be used in conjunction with other information we or our third party partners hold to attempt to record specific browsing information (for example, regarding the way visitors arrive at IPC Media websites, pages viewed, options selected, information entered and the path taken through the IPC Media websites).
These are used to maintain your session when you sign in on IPC Media websites, allowing you to access IPC Media's online services without the need to sign in on every page you visit. The session cookie is used to tailor advertising to you on IPC Media online services and websites and selected third party websites. If you opt out of tailored advertising, we stop using this cookie for this purpose.
Survey and Exposure Cookie
This is provided by Survey Interactive for IPC Media website survey purposes. Storing this cookie allows the accurate measurement of advertising on IPC Media websites, should you subsequently choose to participate in an advertisement effectiveness survey. If you do not choose to participate in an advertisement effectiveness survey, this cookie will expire without being used.
For more information on online behavioural advertising and about how to turn this feature off, please visit http://www.youronlinechoices.com/opt-out.
Opting out 'opt-out' cookie to your device. Please note that if you subsequently delete all of your cookies you will also delete the Audience Science opt-out cookie.
Adtech serves advertising to IPC Media websites. When an advertisement is requested by a website, Adtech receives information from your browser which influences the type of advertisement displayed. To opt-out of Adtech using this cookie data please visit http://www.adtech.com/cookie_opt-out/. When you opt out, Adtech will send an 'opt-out' cookie to your device. Please note that if you subsequently delete all of your cookies, you will also delete this opt-out cookie.
Opting out of behavioural advertising or adtech tracking does not mean that you will no longer receive advertising when you are using IPC Media websites. It simply means the advertising you see will not be customised for you.
More general information about behavioural advertising can be found at www.youronlinechoices.com.
||Nielsen is a measurement and research company that gathers data across IPC websites through using cookies and pixel tags for the purposes of gathering research data on the traffic and users across IPC Media websites. To find out how Nielsen use the information collected and how to opt out please visit http://www.nielsen-online.com/privacy.jsp?section=leg_scs
Cookies placed independently by third parties
The majority of adverts you see on IPC Media websites will have been placed by third parties. These third parties may choose to generate their own cookies for the purposes of collecting anonymous information relating to the viewing of their advertising. The information collected cannot be used to personally identify someone.
You can find out more about this method of advertising by visiting these sites: