'Cookies' are small text files that are stored by the browser (e.g. Internet Explorer or Safari) on your computer or mobile phone. They allow websites to store such things as user preferences. You can think of cookies as providing a "memory" for the website, enabling it to recognise a user and respond appropriately.
A visit to a page on BIS may generate the following types of cookie:
Site performance cookies
This type of cookie remembers your preferences for tools found on BIS, so you don't have to re-set them each time you visit. Examples include:
- volume settings for our video player
- whether you see the latest or the oldest article comments first
- video streaming speeds that are compatible with your browser
On some pages of the BIS website, third parties may also set their own anonymous cookies, for the purposes of tracking the success of their application, or customising the application for you. Because of how cookies work, BIS cannot access these cookies, nor can the third parties access the data in cookies used by BIS. For example, when you share an article using a social media sharing button on our site, the social network that has created the button will record that you have done this.
It is usually possible to stop your browser accepting cookies, or to stop it accepting cookies from a particular website. For example, we cannot tell if you are signed in without using cookies, so you would not be able to post comments.
All modern browsers allow you to change your cookie settings. These settings will typically be found in the 'options' or 'preferences' menu of your browser.If you are primarily concerned about third party cookies generated by advertisers, you can turn these off by going to the Your Online Choices site.
You can also visit the trade body representing these advertising platforms for more information: Network Advertising Initative.
They have provided a one-stop place that gathers all of the opt-out controls. Please bear in mind that the are many more networks listed on this site than those that we use.http://networkadvertising.org/managing/opt_out.asp
If you would like to find out more about cookies and their use on the Internet, you may find the following links useful:Microsoft Cookies guide All About Cookies
The IAB has provided the following website to give information specifically about privacy issues around Internet advertising:youronlinechoices.co.uk/uk For further legal information about privacy issues, you may find these links useful: Data Protection Act 1998 The Information Commissioner's Office If you would like to contact us about cookies please email us at email@example.com