Cookies are small text files that your browser saves to your computer and which help it to remember who you are, for example when saving your user preferences between visits. A comprehensive description of how they work can be found at the BBC web page on the subject. The EBU uses a small number of cookies on www.ebu.co.uk to facilitate certain features and to help us provide a better service. Some of the uses include:
- Remembering your user name and password so you don't have to log into My EBU with each new visit.
- Compiling visitor statistics so that we know which pages are popular and which ones need more attention. (also see below)
- Some of our third-party features, such as embedded Youtube videos and the Twitter and Facebook buttons in our news articles set third-party cookies.
You can disable cookies through your browser settings, or with a browser add-on. Please note, though, that you will not be able to use My EBU if you do this.
We use Google Analytics to track visitor statistics. This is an essential part of running any website of our size and it informs a number of our decisions concerning site layout and focus. Part of its functionality is to save a cookie on your browser. All visitor IP address data is anonymised, and you can read more about what this means in this article. In addition to this, user-level data is deleted from the system after 14 months of inactivity (further information on this).