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Our Cookies : Terms & Conditions

TownTalk's Cookies

So what is a cookie?

Cookies are small text files, stored by a user's browser, which enable personalised web pages, manage user's shopping carts and login areas, and sometimes enable targeted advertising.

What types of cookie are there?

Firstly, cookies defined as strictly necessary are covered but not affected by the legislature, as long as the website explains what the cookies are and why they are there.Strictly necessary cookies enable a site to remember text entered in a page within the same session or to remember whether a user is logged in or not – they are cookies that are vital to the working functionality of the website.

The second category of cookies is performance cookies, which collect information about website usage to enhance the user's experience and its performance. Examples of these include website analytics (i.e. Google Analytics) and ad-response rates (where data is collected exclusively for calculating click-through rates). They don't collect information that can identify a particular visitor. These cookies are usually persistent and have fairly long expiry rates.

Functionality cookies fall into the third category. These remember the choices that users make within a web page, such as usernames, language or region to provide an enhanced, more personalised web experience. They cannot track your activity on other websites and are anonymised.

The final type of cookies is the main target of the legislation. Targeting or advertising cookies collect information about your browsing habits to tailor third-party advertising to meet your interests. They are usually placed by advertisers with the website operator's permission.

What cookies does TownTalk use?

Unlike most websites we use a minimal amount of cookies. We don't want to invade your privacy so we've outlined the cookies that we use below with details including a description so that you know exactly what our cookies are doing.

If you do NOT wish for us to store cookies on your computer, you can opt out below.

First Party Cookies

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PHP Session ID

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This is essential in order for the website to work properly. PHP uses one of two methods to keep track of sessions. If cookies are disabled the majority of the website will not function correctly.

TownTalk Visited Sites

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This small cookie records which TownTalk sites you have previously visited in order to offer you more suitable news and events.

Third Party Cookies

When you visit any towntalk.co.uk site you may notice some cookies that are not related to TownTalk. When you visit a page that contains embedded content, for example from YouTube, you may be sent cookies from these websites. We don't control the setting of these cookies, so we suggest you check the third-party websites for more information about their cookies and how to manage them.

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Google Analytics

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These cookies are used to collect information about how visitors use our site. We use the information to compile reports and to help us improve the site. The cookies collect information in an anonymous form, including the number of visitors to the site, where visitors have come to the site from and the pages they visited.

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Facebook

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These cookies are collected and stored externally, these are used to make the Social media sharing tools work (such as Facebook Like).

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Twitter

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These cookies are collected and stored externally, these are used to make the Social media sharing tools work (such as Twitter Follow).

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Youtube

Sometimes we embed YouTube videos and this embeded content requires cookies to be used.

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Most web browsers allow some control of most cookies through the browser settings. To find out more about cookies, including how to see what cookies have been set and how to manage and delete them, visit www.allaboutcookies.org.

To opt out of being tracked by Google Analytics across all websites visit tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout.

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Cookie Opt Out

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