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1. How to control and delete cookies
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Please be aware that restricting cookies may impact on the functionality of the BBC website.
The BBC and BBC Worldwide Limited use a number of suppliers who also set cookies on both the bbc.co.uk and bbc.com websites on our behalf in order to deliver the services that they are providing. If you would like more information about the cookies used by these suppliers, as well as information on how to opt-out, please see sections 4 and 5 below.
2. List of the main BBC cookies
This is a list of the main cookies set by the BBC website, and what each is used for.
3. CBBC/CBeebies Cookies
Below is a list of the main cookies that CBBC web pages set:
4. Third Party Cookies set for UK users
The BBC uses a number of suppliers who also set cookies on the BBC website on its behalf in order to deliver the services that they are providing. If you would like more information about the cookies used by these suppliers, as well as information on how to opt-out, please see their individual privacy policies listed below.
5. Third Party Cookies set for users outside the UK
BBC Worldwide Limited (‘BBCW’) uses a number of suppliers who set cookies on bbc.com on its behalf in order to deliver the services that they are providing.
If you would like more information about the cookies used by these suppliers, as well as information on how to opt-out, please see their individual privacy policies listed below.
6. Local Shared Objects (Flash Cookies)
The BBC uses the Adobe Flash Player to deliver its video content services, such as the BBC iPlayer, throughout the site. To improve user experience, Local Shared Objects - or Flash Cookies as they are commonly known - are employed to provide features such as auto-resume and for saving your preferences. Flash Cookies are stored on a user's terminal much the same as cookies are, however it is not possible to manage them at browser level in the same way.
Statistics gathering for Flash-based games:
The BBC uses MemeCounter, a UK based analytics service, to gather non-personal usage information for some of our online games. This information is used to help us to better understand how our online games (including quizzes) are consumed. This information is not used to link you to a particular game you have played and any IP address gathered in the process is discarded when you stop playing.
How to disable Flash Cookies:
The Adobe website provides comprehensive information on how to delete or disable Flash cookies either for a specific domain like bbc.co.uk or for all websites - see http://www.adobe.com/products/flashplayer/security for details. Please be aware that restricting the use of Flash Cookies may affect the features available to you for Flash based applications such as the BBC iPlayer.
Please note that if you disable your Flash cookies for the BBC website you will be unable to play content on BBC iPlayer. This is a temporary issue and we hope to resolve it shortly. More information is available on our Internet Blog at:
7. Cookies set by Third Party sites
To support our journalism, we sometimes embed photos and video content from websites such as YouTube and Flickr. As a result, when you visit a page with content embedded from, for example, YouTube or Flickr, you may be presented with cookies from these websites. The BBC does not control the dissemination of these cookies. You should check the relevant third party website for more information about these.
BBC Sharing Tools
We would like to draw your attention to the fact that the BBC website now carries embedded ‘share’ buttons to enable users of the site to easily share articles with their friends through a number of popular social networks. These sites may set a cookie when you are also logged in to their service. The BBC does not control the dissemination of these cookies and you should check the relevant third party website for more information about these.
8. Other Third Party IP Address Processing activities
If you shorten BBC URLs, for example on Twitter or Facebook, and use the bit.ly service to do so, the BBC works with bit.ly to rebrand that as a http://bbc.in/xxxxx link. Also BBC web products or phone apps sometimes offer features that allow users to share links with social networks and the BBC shortens that URL using the bit.ly service
Last updated: 26th May 2011
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