What is a cookie?
A cookie is a small file placed onto your device that enables Great News Media, and our properties, features and functionality. For example, cookies enable us to identify your device, secure your access to Great News Media and our sites generally, and even help us know if someone attempts to access your account from a different device. Cookies also enable you to easily share content on Great News Media and our sites, so we can serve relevant ads to you.
When does Great News Media place cookies?
What types of cookies does Great News Media use?
We use two types: persistent cookies and session cookies. A persistent cookie helps us recognize you as an existing user, so it’s easier to return to Great News Media or interact with our sites without signing in again. After you sign in, a persistent cookie stays in your browser and will be read by Great News Media (and sites) when you return to one of our sites (for example, our sharing application). Session cookies only last for as long as the session (usually the current visit to a website or a browser session).
What are cookies used for?
Cookies can be used to recognize you when you visit Great News Media, remember your preferences, and give you a personalized experience that’s in line with your settings. Cookies also make your interactions with Great News Media and sites faster and more secure. Additionally, cookies allow us to bring you advertising both on and off Great News Media properties and bring customized experiences to you via personalization.
Categories of Use
If you’re signed in to a Great News Media site, cookies help us show you the right information and personalize your experience.
Preferences, features and services
Cookies can tell us which language you prefer and what your communications preferences are. They can help you fill out forms on Great News Media sites more easily. They also provide you with features, insights, and customized content in conjunction with our properties.
Performance, Analytics and Research
How are cookies used for advertising purposes?
Cookies and other ad technology – such as “web beacons”, “tags and scripts”, and local storage objects (“LSOs”) such as HTML5 – help us and our partners serve relevant ads to you more effectively. They also help us provide aggregated auditing, research, and reporting for advertisers, understand and improve our service, and know when content has been shown to you. Note: Because your web browser may request advertisements and beacons directly from third party ad network servers, these networks can view, edit, or set third party cookies, just as if you had requested a web page from their site. Ads served by Great News Media may also set third party cookies.
If you are a Great News Media site member but logged out of your account on a browser, Great News Media may still continue to log your interaction with our services on that browser for up to 30 days in order to generate usage analytics for our services, which analytics we may share in aggregate form with our advertising customers.
Unless you clear these cookies from your browser, we may use this information to conduct activities such as:
- provide more relevant, interest-based advertising
- provide aggregate reports of ads activity to advertisers and websites hosting the ads
- help website and app owners understand how visitors engage with their sites or apps
- detect and defend against fraud and other risks to protect users and partners
- improve our products
Most browsers allow you to control cookies through their settings preferences. However, if you limit the ability of websites to set cookies, you may worsen your overall user experience, since it will no longer be personalized to you. It may also stop you from saving customized settings like login information.
What to do if you don’t want cookies to be set or want them to be removed?
If you do not want to receive cookies, you can also change your browser settings on your computer or other device you’re using to access our services. If you use Great News Media properties without changing your browser settings, we’ll assume that you’re happy to receive all cookies on the Great News Media properties. Most browsers also provide functionality that lets you review and erase cookies, including Great News Media cookies. Please note that Great News Media properties may not work properly without cookies.
Other helpful resources
- The Interactive Advertising Bureau of Canada (IAB Canada)
- European Interactive Digital Advertising Alliance (EU)
- Internet Advertising Bureau (EU)
- Internet Advertising Bureau (US)
Browser manufacturers provide help pages relating to cookie management in their products. Please see below for more information.
- Google Chrome
- Internet Explorer
- Mozilla Firefox
- Safari (Desktop)
- Safari (Mobile)
- Android Browser
- Opera Mobile
For other browsers, please consult the documentation that your browser manufacturer provides. To find out more about cookies, including how to see what cookies have been set and how to manage and delete them, visit wikipedia.org, allaboutcookies.org, or aboutcookies.org.