What are cookies?
Cookies are small text files downloaded onto your computer/device by websites that you visit. They are widely used in order to add to or develop website functionality, as well as to gather data of website users. A cookie often contains a unique number, which can be used to recognise your computer when a user of your computer returns to a website that it visited previously.
The cookies we use and why:
- This cookie is set by Addthis. This is a geolocation cookie to understand where the users sharing the information are located.
- This cookie is set by Addthis to make sure you see the updated count if you share a page and return to it before our share count cache is updated.
- This cookie is installed by Google Universal Analytics to throttle the request rate to limit the collection of data on high traffic sites.
- This cookie is installed by Google Analytics. The cookie is used to store information of how visitors use a website and helps in creating an analytics report of how the website is doing. The data collected including the number visitors, the source where they have come from, and the pages visited in an anonymous form.
- This cookie is installed by Google Analytics. The cookie is used to calculate visitor, session, campaign data and keep track of site usage for the site’s analytics report. The cookies store information anonymously and assigns a randomly generated number to identify unique visitors.
Changing your cookie preferences
The “Help” menu in the toolbar of most web browsers will tell you how to change your browser’s cookie settings, including how to have the browser notify you when you receive a new cookie, and how to disable cookies altogether.
To opt out of being tracked by Google Analytics across all websites visit http://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout.