Cookies are small files that are stored by your browser (i.e. Internet Explorer or Safari) when you visit websites on your computer or mobile device. They’re linked to the machine you use to visit the site, but not to you as an individual. They allow each website to store certain information, creating a ‘memory’ that enables it to recognise you and tailor content to improve your current and future visits.
- store details that help to manage accounts, such as user login details
- find out how people use the site to improve user experience
- help provide relevant information
- store information about media players, so that any video content appears correctly
Site performance cookies
Site performance cookies remember your preferences for tools found on certain websites, so that you don’t have to re-set them each time you visit.
- whether you see the latest or oldest article comments first
- video streaming speeds that are compatible with your browser
At FFT, we are committed to protecting your privacy and security. Unless you login or provide personal data on our website, no personal information is collected.
A visit to a page on www.fft.org.uk may generate one or more of the following: site performance, anonymous analytics, geotargetting or registration cookies.
Anonymous analytics cookies
Every time a user visits our website, web analytics software generates an anonymous analytics cookie which tells us whether or not you have visited the site before. Your browser will tell us if you have these cookies, and if you don’t, we generate new ones. This allows us to track how many individual unique users we have, and how often they visit the site.
Unless you’re signed into the website, these cookies cannot be used to identify individuals. They’re used for statistical purposes only. If you are logged in, we’ll also know the details you gave to us for this, such as your username and email address.
If you’ve registered with our website, we generate cookies that signal whether you’re signed in or not. Our servers then use them to work out which account you are signed in with, and if you’re allowed access to a particular service or area within the website. We can also associate any comments you post with your username.
If you haven’t selected ‘Keep me signed in,’ your cookies get deleted either when you close your browser or shut down your computer.
How to turn off cookies
You can usually prevent your browser from accepting cookies, or stop it accepting them from a particular website. However, this can affect the services you’re able to use.
Modern browsers allow you to change your cookie settings, which are usually found in the ‘options’ or ‘preferences’ menu.
Find out more at allaboutcookies.org.
Updated: 2 May 2017