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browser, which enables the web server to collect information from the browser.
Cookies are an industry standard technology used on the vast majority of web
sites often to remember site settings and analyse usage patterns.
Most browsers allow you to turn off cookies. If you want to know how to do this please look at the “help” menu on your browser or check About Cookies. Switching off cookies will restrict your use of this and other websites, and affect the way in which the website operates. For example, it will not be possible to remember your mobile or desktop site settings, your Place or postcode, your weather forecast type selection or the units you want the forecast to display.
These are cookies which may be used to remember site settings such as recently viewed forecasts.
Google Analytics currently uses the following cookies:
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__utmb - automatically expires 30 minutes from set/update
__utmc - Not set
__utmz - automatically expires 6 months from set/update
Most of the advertisements you see on the website are generated by third parties. Some of these third parties generate their own cookies to track how many people have seen a particular advertisement (or use the services of third parties to do this), and to track how many people have seen it more than once. These cookies cannot be used to identify an individual; they can only be used for statistical purposes, for example, in providing you with advertisements that are more relevant to your interests. Some of the information gleaned from third party cookies will be aggregated with other anonymous information for statistical purposes. The third party companies that generate these cookies have their own, very strict, privacy policies but we don't have access to these cookies; other than allowing them to be served, we have no role to play in these cookies at all (although we may use statistical information arising from these third party cookies and provided to us by third parties, to improve the targeting of advertisements to users of the website). If you would like to disable "third party" cookies generated by advertisers or providers of targeted advertising services, you can turn them off by going to the third party's website and getting them to generate a one-time "no thanks" cookie that will stop any further cookies being written to your machine.
A lot of the ads on the site are served by Google, as a third-party vendor. Google's use of the DART cookie enables it to serve ads to users on this site based on their visit to this site and other sites on the Internet.
The following link is one of the main third party advertising platforms we use, and has cookie opt out information:
You can also visit the trade body representing these advertising companies for more information on how to opt out of these cookies: http://youronlinechoices.com/
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