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Last updated: 25 April 2018

Harvest Media Cookies Policy

This Cookies Policy forms part of Harvest Media’s general Privacy Policy.

In common with most other websites, we use cookies and similar technologies to help us understand how people use Harvest Media so that we can keep improving Harvest Media’s Platform. We have created this Cookies Policy to provide you with clear and explicit information about the technologies that we use on Harvest Media and your choices when it comes to these technologies.

If you choose to use the Platform without blocking or disabling cookies or opting out of other technologies, you will indicate your consent to Harvest Media’s use of these cookies and other technologies and to Harvest Media’s use (in accordance with this policy and the rest of Harvest Media’s Privacy Policy) of any personal information that we collect using these technologies. If you do not consent to the use of these technologies, please be sure to block or disable them using your browser settings, the opt-out links identified in this policy, or the settings within Harvest Media’s mobile apps.

This page contains information on what cookies are, the cookies used by Harvest Media’s website and online platform and information on how to switch cookies off in your browser. Further information can be found online by searching Cookies in any popular web browser.

What are cookies

Cookies are small pieces of text sent to your web browser by a website you visit. A cookie file is stored in your web browser and allows the Service or a third-party to recognize you and make your next visit easier and the Service more useful to you. 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 Harvest Media use cookies?

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

  • Site performance cookies
  • Anonymous analytics cookies
  • Geo-targeting cookies
  • Registration cookies
  • Advertising cookies
  • Third party advertising cookies

Cookies can be “persistent” or “session” cookies.

Site performance cookies

This type of cookie remembers your preferences on the harvest media website and admin tools, so you don’t have to re-set them each time you visit. Examples include:

  • Volume settings for our audio or video player
  • Whether you see the latest or the oldest content first
  • Streaming quality
  • Sorting and ordering preferences

Anonymous analytics cookies

Every time someone visits our website, software provided by another organisation generates an “anonymous analytics cookie”. These cookies can tell us whether or not you have visited the site before. Your browser will tell us if you have these cookies and, if you don’t, we generate new ones. This allows us to track how many individual users we have, and how often they visit the site.

Geo-Targeting cookies

These cookies are used by software which tries to work out what country you are in from the information supplied by your browser when you click on a web page. This cookie is completely anonymous, and we only use it to help target our content.

Registration cookies

When you register, we generate cookies that let us know whether you are signed in or not.

Our servers use these cookies to work out which account you are signed in with, and if you are allowed access to a particular service. It also allows us to associate any comments you post with your username.

If you have not selected “keep me signed in”, your cookies get deleted when you either close your browser or shut down your computer.

While you are signed into either of the sites, we combine information from your registration cookies with analytics cookies, which we could use to identify which pages you have visited.

Advertising cookies

These cookies allow us to know whether or not you’ve seen an advert or a type of advert, and how long it is since you’ve seen it.

Third party advertising cookies

Whilst you may not see advertisements when using Harvest Media we may use anonymous cookies to track how many people have seen a particular ad, or to track how many people have seen it more than once.

The companies that generate these cookies have their own privacy policies, and we have no access to read or write these cookies. These organizations may use their cookies to anonymously target advertising to you on other websites, based on your visit to the Guardian.

Other third party cookies

On some pages of our website, other organisations may also set their own anonymous cookies. They do this to track the success of their application, or to customise the application for you. Because of how cookies work, our website cannot access these cookies, nor can the other organisation access the data in cookies we use on our website.

For example, when you share an article using a social-media sharing button (for example, Facebook), the social network that has created the button will record that you have done this.

What are your choices regarding cookies

If you’d like to delete cookies or instruct your web browser to delete or refuse cookies, please visit the help pages of your web browser.

Please note, however, that if you delete cookies or refuse to accept them, you might not be able to use all of the features we offer, you may not be able to store your preferences, and some of our pages might not display properly.

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, we cannot tell if you are signed in without using cookies, so you would not be able to post comments.

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.