What are cookies?
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How are cookies used on newhumanist.org.uk?
- To allow you to log into your account. These cookies (named JSESSIONID and SESSIONCOOKIESSET) allow us to identify your web browser from page to page so that we can maintain your login session. If you disable these cookies you will not be able to log in. They do not collect any data and are deleted by your browser when you close it.
- To detect the size and quality (the "resolution") of your computer, phone or other device's screen. This is so that we don't waste your time and bandwidth sending you images which are too large for your screen. This cookie (called RESOLUTION) is also deleted when you close your web browser.
- To gather anonymous visitor statistics: we use the popular Google Analytics service to provide data on the numbers of visits to our site. No personal data is collected by the service.
- In addition, we use a variety of third-party "social tools" to make it easier to share our content via social networks such as Facebook and Twitter. These tools normally set their own anonymous cookies over which we have no control.
How do I turn cookies off?
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