Cookie Notice

1. Who we are and how to contact us

We are the Reach group, which is made up of Reach plc and its subsidiaries. We, via our various subsidiary companies and brands, publish via newspapers, magazines and digital platforms; national websites and regional websites (our ‘Sites’), and mobile applications (our ‘Apps’), enjoyed by millions every month. You can see the list of websites and brands here.

Our address is: One Canada Square, Canary Wharf, London, E14 5AP.

For any queries you have relating to this Notice, you can contact our Data Protection Team at: dataprotection@reachplc.com, or by writing to ‘The Data Protection Team’ at the above address.
 

2. About this Cookie Notice

This notice explains how we use cookies and similar technologies (‘cookies’) on our Sites and Apps and how you can manage the behaviour of these cookies.

With that in mind, we want you to feel in control of the information you generate when you use our Sites and Apps; this Notice is organised based on what you might want to know about how we use cookies, including how you can manage the behaviour of these cookies.
 

3. What is a cookie?

A cookie is a small data file sent from a website to your web browser. It is stored in your web browser’s cache and allows a website, or a third party, to recognise your browser or mobile device, and to obtain data about your browsing activity.

Mobile devices and browsers can be shared by a number of people, so cookies do not always relate to particular individuals. For a detailed description of how we use the personal data we collect, please see our Privacy Notice.
 

4. What types of cookies do we use?

We use five main types of cookies: essential, functional, analytic, personalisation, and advertising.
 

4.1 Essential Cookies

These cookies are essential to provide you with the services that you have requested from us; because of their essential nature, they cannot be switched off.
 

4.2 Functional Cookies

These cookies enable us to remember some important information, such as your computer or mobile device when you visit a website, your registration and log in details, and your settings and preferences.

They are used by us to ensure that you don’t have to log in every single time you want to comment on our articles, and to ensure our interactive services work effectively.
 

4.3 Analytic Cookies

Analytic cookies retain information as you view different pages on our Sites, and they help us to paint a picture of how our readers use our Sites.

Additionally, these cookies help us to make the website work as efficiently as possible, and provide better content and services in the future.

We may also use analytics cookies to measure the effectiveness of advertising on the Sites and the Apps and elsewhere on the internet.
 

4.4 Personalisation Cookies

These cookies enable us to recommend content we think you’ll be interested in, based on what you’ve looked at before.
 

4.5 Advertising Cookies

These cookies are placed by us, and our advertising partners, to deliver more relevant advertising. A complete list of our advertising partners is provided within our Consent Management Platform (‘CMP’), which is displayed to all new Site and App visitors.

We undertake this activity on the basis of your consent, which we request on their behalf through the ‘cookie banner’ which appears when you first visit our Site.  The ‘cookie banner’ message box will reappear from time to time in case you change your mind, or when something changes (typically every 30 days). Please see the ‘cog’ icon at the bottom left of every webpage to manage your consents. When using our Apps, if you want to change the settings, go to the ‘My Account’ Link at the bottom of the screen which includes ‘My Privacy’ and takes you to the CMP.

Most of our third-party advertising partners operate within an industry framework and code of practice issued by the Internet Advertising Bureau (IAB)  called the “Transparency and Consent Framework”, which sets out the technical means for your choices to be passed through the ad networks.  It also requires that members adhere to IAB policies and standards of behaviour.

Advertising partners who do not work within the IAB framework are listed separately in the platform which can be viewed in our Consent Management Platform (CMP).  In the Consent Management Platform popup go to the ‘Partners’ page and scroll down - IAB partners are listed first, then you'll see Non-IAB vendors and finally Google partners.

These cookies may gather information about your browsing activity on our sites and for third parties, across different Sites and across different visits. They allow us and advertisers to show more relevant ads, while also allowing advertisers to manage how many times a device sees an advert. They might also enable an advertiser to tailor advertising to you when you visit our Sites.

For further information about how we use your personal information please see our Privacy Notice.
 

5. Why do we use cookies?

The information generated from your browsing helps us to understand how people use our websites, how we can improve them, and also to make sure that adverts are more relevant to you.

Examples of what we use cookies for include:

  • If we can see that more users from London prefer football content on a Friday evening than Sunday morning, then we can change when and how much content we produce for London football teams on a weekday as opposed to a weekend;
  • When we run a poll on a particularly contentious local issue, we can use cookies to prevent a device or browser voting hundreds of times to influence the poll results;
  • If a browser or device is recognised to enjoy lots of content about celebrities, we and/or our partners may show adverts that relate to relevant lifestyle, tech and consumer goods.

Further information on the purposes of placing cookies can be found within our CMP, displayed to all new Site visitors.  It can also be found via  the Privacy cog icon at the bottom left of each webpage for our Sites and for Apps via the ‘My Account’ Link at the bottom of the screen which includes ‘My Privacy’ and takes you to the CMP.
 

6. How can you manage your cookie preferences?

6.1 On Site

We have put a Consent Management Platform (CMP) in place on our Sites. This platform helps you to manage what non-Essential cookies are placed on your device; you can decide whether to accept or reject a range of cookies with defined purposes. These preferences can be changed at any time, by clicking on the Privacy cog icon on the bottom left of every webpage.

Additionally, most web browsers will allow you to stop accepting cookies. This is normally controlled through the Settings or Help page of a browser; further information can be found using the below links:

For interest based advertising, you can also opt-out by visiting: http://youronlinechoices.eu.

There is an AdChoice logo at the corner of every advertisement that carries behavioural targeting cookies; you can click on the link within this logo to control the settings that Google uses to display adverts (https://adssettings.google.com/authenticated).

6.2 On App

We also have a CMP in place on our Apps, allowing you to control what cookies are placed on your mobile device. These preferences can be changed at any time, by navigating to the ‘My Account’ Link at the bottom of the screen which includes ‘My Privacy’ and takes you to the CMP.

Additionally, when using a mobile device, you can opt-out of receiving interest based advertising by selecting ‘Privacy’ and then ‘Advertising’ in the Settings of your Apple iPhone or iPad, or the “Opt out of Ads Personalisation” in the Google Settings on your Android device.

When managing Site and App cookies, it is important to be aware that switching off cookies may affect the way one of our Sites operates, and it may adversely affect the quality of your experience on a Site.

Finally, please be aware that if you opt out of Advertising cookies, you are not opting out of seeing advertising. You will still see adverts, they just may not be as relevant to you and your interests.
 

7. How long do cookies last?

Cookies are stored on your device until you delete them or until they expire, as a general rule we will not retain any data that has been captured through their use for any longer than necessary.

Detailed information regarding the duration of cookies set by our partners, can be found within the relevant section of our CMP.
 

8. Are there any third parties involved?

When you provide us with permission, we will share data collected through the use of cookies and similar technologies on our Sites and Apps with selected third party partners.

We provide detailed information on the identity of partners, including the data that they collect and what they use it for, within the relevant sections of our CMP.
 

9. Ad Blocker Detection

We, or our advertisers, may use code on our Sites to detect if you are using an ad blocker. If we detect that you are using an ad blocker, we may display a warning message describing how this may affect your experience using the Sites and ask that you disable it.
 

10. Social Media Technologies

When you use social media platforms with the Sites and the Apps, each platform has its own technologies and policies to be aware of. For information on limiting the use of widgets and sharing functions with social networks, see below:

For Twitter widgets, you can find more information here.
For Facebook widgets, you can find more information here.
For Pinterest widgets, you can find more information here.
 

11. Cookie Notice last updated

This Notice was updated on 03/05/2022.