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This page contains information on what cookies are, the cookies used by this website and how to switch cookies off in your browser.

What are cookies?

Cookies are small text files that are stored by the browser (for example, Internet Explorer or Safari) on your computer or mobile phone. They allow websites to store things like user preferences. You can think of cookies as providing a ‘memory’ for the website, so that it can recognise you when you come back and respond appropriately.

How does the Guardian’s website use cookies?

A visit to a page on this website may generate the following types of cookie:

Technical cookies

These cookies are strictly necessary (i) to manage the site or (ii) for the provision of services expressly requested by the user.

Google Analytics cookies

These cookies can tell me whether or not you have visited the site before. Your browser will tell me if you have these cookies and, if you don’t, I generate new ones. This allows me to track how many individual users I have, and how often they visit the site. I use them to gather statistics, for example, the number of visits to a page.

How do I turn cookies off?

It is usually possible to stop your browser accepting cookies, or to stop it accepting cookies from a particular website. However, if you decide to turn off cookies I cannot guarantee that this web site will work as expected. All modern browsers allow you to change your cookie settings. You can usually find these settings in the Options or Preferences menu of your browser. To understand these settings, the following links may be helpful, or you can use the Help option in your browser for more details.

Cookie settings in Internet Explorer
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Cookie settings in Chrome
Cookie settings in Safari web and iOS.