This page contains information on what 'cookies' are, the cookies used by Comm-Tech, how to switch cookies off in your browser, how to specifically disable third party advertising cookies, and some useful links for further reading on the subject.

If it does not provide the information you were looking for, or you have any further questions about the use of cookies by Comm-Tech feel free to email us with the subject line "Cookie Privacy Please".

What are 'cookies'?

'Cookies' are small text files that are stored by the browser (e.g. Internet Explorer or Safari) on your computer or mobile phone. They allow websites to store such things as user preferences. You can think of cookies as providing a "memory" for the website, enabling it to recognise a user and respond appropriately.

How does Comm-Tech use cookies?

A visit to a page at Comm-Tech.org may generate the following types of cookie:

Site performance cookies
Anonymous analytics cookies
Geotargetting cookies
Registration cookies
Advertising cookies
Third party advertising cookies

Site performance cookies

This type of cookie remembers your preferences for tools found on Comm-Tech.org, so you don't have to re-set them each time you visit. Examples include:

- volume settings for our video player
- whether you see the latest or the oldest article comments first
- video streaming speeds that are compatible with your browser

Anonymous analytics cookies:

Every time a user visits our website, web analytics software provided by a third party 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 unique users we have, and how often they visit the site.

Unless you are signed in to Comm-Tech, these cookies cannot be used to identify individuals; they are used for statistical purposes only. If you are logged in, we will also know the details you gave to us for this, such as username and email address.

Geotargetting cookies

These cookies are used by software which tries to work out what country you are in from information supplied by your browser when it requests a web page. This cookie is completely anonymous, and is only used to help target content (typically by geographical location).

Registration cookies

If you register with Comm-Tech, we may generate cookies that signal whether you are signed in or not.

Our servers may use these cookies to work out which account you are signed in with, and if you are allowed access to a particular service.

If you are signed into our site we may combine information from your registration cookies with analytics cookies, which we could use to identify which pages you have seen on Comm-Tech as an individual.

Note that there is no registration facility to the present Comm-Tech site, so none of these cookies are held.

Advertising cookies

Such cookies would 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. Since we carry no paid advertising there are none of these cookies.

Third party advertising cookies

A lot of the advertisements you see elsewhere on the web are generated by third parties. Some of these third parties use their own 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 Comm-Tech has no access to read or write these cookies. These third party advertising cookies may be used by those third parties to anonymously target advertising to you on other websites.

Other third party cookies

On some pages of Comm-Tech.org, third parties may also set their own anonymous cookies, for the purposes of tracking the success of their application, or customising the application for you. Because of how cookies work, Comm-Tech cannot access these cookies, nor can the third parties access the data in cookies used by Comm-Tech.

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. For example, 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. These settings will typically be found in the 'options' or 'preferences' menu of your browser. In order to understand these setttings, the following links may be helpful, otherwise you should use the 'Help' option in your browser for more details.

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

If you are primarily concerned about third party cookies generated by advertisers, you can turn these off by going to the Your Online Choices site.

You can also visit the trade body representing these advertising platforms for more information: Network Advertising Initative.

They have provided a one-stop place that gathers all of the opt-out controls. Please bear in mind that the are many more networks listed on this site than those that we use at Comm-Tech News & Media.
http://networkadvertising.org/managing/opt_out.asp

Useful links

If you would like to find out more about cookies and their use on the Internet, you may find the following links useful:

Microsoft Cookies guide
All About Cookies

The IAB has provided the following website to give information specifically about privacy issues around Internet advertising:
youronlinechoices.org/uk

For further legal information about privacy issues, you may find these links useful:

Data Protection Act 1998
The Information Commissioner's Office