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The cookies we set and why

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Cookies from Situation Publishing

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The table below explains the cookies we use, why we use them and when they are set.

Cookies from our suppliers

We use Google DoubleClick to serve adverts across our sites and have no direct control of the cookies it sets. You can read all about Google's advertising cookies here.

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Some of our sites use Google Analytics for tracking and reporting of site performance. We have also implemented some Google Analytics features based on display advertising e.g. Remarketing, Google Display Network Impression Reporting, the DoubleClick Campaign Manager integration and Google Analytics Demographics and Interest Reporting. You can opt out here.

Some of our advertisers use other Ad Servers which may set cookies too. We can't directly control their cookies but you can, by taking control of your cookie management. Read how, here.

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Cookie Details

# Name Title Purpose Activated Duration
Initiated by Google Doubleclick
1 id Doubleclick ID Google uses the DoubleClick cookie on DFP sites, AdSense sites, partner sites and certain Google services to serve more relevant ads across the web and limit the number of times a given ad is shown to you. You should read more here. On visit 2 Years
Initiated by Google Analytics
2 __utma / __utmb / __utmc / __utmz Google Analytics Google Analytics uses cookies to define user sessions, and to provide a number of reporting features. These cookies are set or updated only to collect the data required for such reports, and are first-party. You can opt out here. On visit Up to 2 Years
Initiated by The Register / The Channel
3 sc Session Count Used for counting how many page impressions a user sees in the session - we use it to limit the effect of advertising on our readers. On visit Browser Session
4 c Visited Channels This tells us which sections of the site a user has visited and allows us to target them with an advert. e.g. read the Servers section, target with a Servers advert. On visit 1 Month
5 show_popup Account has not been updated for a year or more On clicking on an article from the Daily or Weekly newsletters. On visit 1 Month
6 bucket Bucket Used for testing new/beta features on the site. On visit Variable, up to 6 months
7 soc Social Tailoring content to users from social websites such as Twitter and Facebook. On visit Browser Session
Initiated by you
8 s Account Login Required so we can enable account functions. At login 1 Year
9 EUck EU Cookie Consent Prevents display of the cookie notification message. On clicking the button to acknowledge that you no longer wish to be reminded about our cookie policy. 10 Years
10 voted polls Voted Polls Required to manage the deployment of polls On poll vote 1 Week
11 v Version Captures the fact that a user has rated the article, so they can't rate it again. On rating 1 Year
12 td Traffic Driver Tell us which promotional activities users have clicked on - e.g. if they clicked on an event promotion, or a podcast promotion we would know the promotion had driven X responses. On click of promotion 1 Year
13 cid Campaign ID When someone finishes completing a survey, we record the ID in this cookie, so we can then avoid promoting it to the user any further. On survey completion 1 Month
14 forum_sort Per topic user sort order preference For recording logged in users' forum preferences. On Forum Sort Browser Session
15 font_class Font size user preference on mobile Allows font size preferences to be remembered across visits. Changing font size on mobile 1 Year
16 sl Lite Account login Required to enable account functions from email recipients. On clicking on a link in one of our email newsletters Browser Session
17 mGA Google Analytics Site monitoring and usage patterns On log in/out Browser Session. Cleared on page after login if JavaScript is enabled